Monday, May 20, 2013

Association of Catholic Publishers: Two Awards for McGrath, Kerr-Breedlove and WLP!

Monday morning greetings from the home offices here in Franklin Park, Illinois. I arrived home from New York yesterday morning. The retreat for RCIA team members for the Diocese of Brooklyn was held on Saturday afternoon and people seemed to appreciate the time to engage in the retreat to help them more fully cultivate a sacramental spirituality.

Yesterday, I just felt the need to return to some kind of "normalcy," (whatever that is!) after so much recent travel. I had purchased flowers and herbs last week, so yesterday, on a beautiful sunny day here in Chicago, did my annual flower box plantings. Here is a first look for you.

Speaking of planting, we received some thrilling news on Friday from the Association of Catholic Publishers. They announced their annual "Excellence in Publishing" awards for 2013 and WLP won two awards. Jennifer Kerr-Breedlove's Sowing Seeds, Bearing Fruit: A Five-Year Process for Growing a Singing Congregation won the second place prize in the category "Resources for Ministry." Jennifer's book is really a "must-have" for any music director. I have listend to Jennifer give workshops based on the work outlined in this book and she is just so balanced and pastoral in her approach. Congratulations, Jennifer!

We were also thrilled to discover that another book published by WLP had one a coveted first place award in the category "General Interest." Brother Michael O'Neill McGrath's Saved by Beauty: A Spiritual Journey with Dorothy Day with a foreword by Robert Ellsburg captured the award.

Brother Mickey's artwork and compelling text put the reader in touch with the life of this amazing woman. Visually stunning, Brother Mickey shares his deep love and devotion to Dorothy in this masterpiece. Congratulations, Mickey!

I am so proud of our authors, artists, and staff members here at WLP. Awards are awards; let's face it. But what these works represent is our commitment to work with talented people to help serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church. This is a "feel good" day for this publishing house!

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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