Anne-Marie Welsh

Graphic/Sheila Grove

Staff members from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie received 12 awards from the Catholic Press Association at a July 2 virtual conference attended by hundreds of Catholic media throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas.

           We try to be creative and work hard because we support the efforts of so many people doing a lot of important work in the diocese,” said Anne-Marie Welsh, director of the office. “The awards are never our goal, but it’s always reassuring when the professionals who judge the work of dioceses across the country determine we are doing a good job.” She noted she was particularly pleased the staff was recognized for a broad array of skills from writing and administration to design and advertising work.  

          Additionally, Father Scott Detisch, administrator of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Girard, was honored in this year’s Catholic Press Association Book Awards. He took first place in the “Church Professional” category for his book, From Hero to Servant to Mystic: Navigating the Deeper Waters of Priestly Spirituality (Liturgical Press, 2019). 

          According to the Catholic Press Association, the purpose of the media awards is to acknowledge the outstanding work of its members as they strive to further the mission of the church.  

          On a daily basis they inform, inspire and educate readers keeping them connected to their faith, and telling the story of the church,” the CPA writes.   

          A full list of the awards, including links to the winning publications, can be found at www.eriercd.org/news/awards.html. 

2020 Catholic Press Association awards won by the Diocese of Erie: 

First Place 

Best Use of Typography 
The Man Behind the Baton 
Credit: Matt Watters and Mary Solberg 

Most Effective Use of Small Space  
What a Catch 
Credit: Elizabeth Butterfield 


Second Place 

Communications Director of the Year     
Anne-Marie Welsh 

Best Feature Article - Diocesan Magazines 
Single Collegiate Moms  
Mary Solberg 

Best Layout or Article Column - Diocesan Magazine 
The Man Behind the Baton 
Matt Watters and Mary Solberg 

Best Ad copywriting 
Don't Worry, Be Jolly 
Elizabeth Butterfield 


Third Place 

Magazine/Newsletter of the Year - Diocesan Magazines 
Mary Solberg and Matt Watters 

Best E-newsletter 
Communications Staff 

Best Ad copywriting 
Jump Start Your Monday Mornings   
Elizabeth Butterfield 

Best use of Typography 
God, Family & Beer 
Matt Watters and Mary Solberg  

Honorable Mention 

Best Single Ad Campaign with Publication  
(St. Paul’s Special Mass for Cancer Awareness) 
Elizabeth Butterfield 

Best Cover for Color - Large  
The Man Behind the Baton 
Matt Watters and Mary Solberg