Denver Catholic honored with six Catholic Press awards

Mark Haas

The Denver Catholic has once again been honored on a national level, this year winning six Catholic Press Awards at the Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay, Wis.

The awards included recognition for one of the best electronic newsletters, along with reporting and layout awards.

“These awards are really a testament to the awesome people on our staff,” said Aaron Lambert, managing editor of the Denver Catholic. “It’s an honor to be recognized for all of the hard work and effort we put into the Denver Catholic each day. We are thankful to the Lord, Archbishop Aquila and our readers for allowing us to be the voice of the Archdiocese of Denver.”

Here is the list of awards for the Denver Catholic and the Denver Catholic en Español:

Best Electronic Newsletter (Honorable Mention)Denver Catholic Staff

Best Front Page (2nd Place)Denver Catholic en Español Staff: “¿Qué Significa ser Cristiano?”

Best Layout of Article or Column (2nd Place)Denver Catholic Staff: “A Restoration for the Ages”

Best Reporting on a Special Age Group (3rd Place) – Therese Bussen: “How Do I Date?”

Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament (Honorable Mention) – Therese Bussen: “I Do Means I Do.”

Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate (Honorable Mention) – Carmen Elena Villa: “For Christ Alone”

COMING UP: Catholic schools plan to reopen for in-school learning this fall

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Having endured a rather challenging last few months of the school year, parents of Catholic school students can now rest easy with the knowledge that Catholic schools will be open this fall.

In a letter issued May 29, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and Denver Catholic Schools Superintendent Elias Moo announced plans to reopen Catholic schools for in-school learning for the 2020-21 school year. At the forefront of these plans is the health and safety of students and faculty.

“We will carry out in-person instruction with increased health protocols and processes to ensure that our schools are going above and beyond to protect the health of every member of our Catholic school community, especially our most high-risk members,” said Archbishop Aquila and Moo in their letter. “We are confident our schools’ protocols and processes will keep our school environments as healthy and as safe as possible for all members of our communities.”

To help ensure healthy school environments are maintained, a task force composed of school leaders, nurse practitioners, doctors and a virologist has been assembled. This group is working with schools to identify the best health measures and policies in preparation for the coming school year.

For those parents who may not feel comfortable sending their children to school for any in-school learning, the archdiocese and Office of Catholic Schools are also formulating a virtual distance-learning option. Families who are interested will still be able to receive instruction in core content areas while remaining connected to their local school community. More details on this option will be available at the end of June.

Recognizing the unique challenges parents have faced over these past few months as schools have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Archbishop Aquila and Moo expressed sincere gratitude for their increased efforts in making distance learning a success.

“None of this would have been possible without the incredible efforts made by our parents to play an even bigger role in their children’s education,” they said. “While balancing your own work, caring for your families and other day-to-day responsibilities, you have stepped up to make sure we had a productive finish to the school year.”

Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, Archbishop Aquila and Moo said that Catholic schools will continue to abide by mandated health protocols while working to keep Catholic schools operating for the good of the communities they serve.

“Our Catholic schools are a critical part of the educational ecosystem and fabric of our state, and we remain committed to working in a spirit of cooperation with our local and state officials when possible as we all seek to advance the common good of our communities,” they concluded.

As plans for reopening Denver’s Catholic schools are continually developed, parents are invited to participate in a survey to help school leadership consider the needs of the community so they can open schools in the safest possible manner. The survey can be accessed by visiting denvercatholicschools.com.