Orbis Books is top award recipient at Catholic Media Association Conference 2022


Maryknoll’s publishing arm claims “Personal Best” of 28 awards

The Catholic Media Association has honored Orbis Books and authors with 28 book awards at their 2022 Conference in Portland, OR, July 4-7. In a field of 39 prize-winning book publishers, Orbis Books received the highest total number of awards, including 9 First Place: 

Catholic Social Teaching Gary Gardner, The Earth Cries Out: How Faith Communities Meet the Challenges of Sustainability (Ecology & Justice Series)

Faithful Citizenship: Dorothy Day (Robert Ellsberg, ed.) On Pilgrimage: The Sixties

Pope Francis: Pope Francis, The Gospel of Luke: A Spiritual and Pastoral Reading

Faith Formation (Religious Education) Thomas Groome, What Makes Education Catholic: Spiritual Foundations

Future Church  Gerald Arbuckle, The Pandemic and the People of God: Cultural Impacts and Pastoral Responses

Best Catalog Orbis Books, Fall 2021

Among the remaining awardees is first-time author Olga Segura, for Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church; Jordan Denari-Duffner for Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) About Anti-Muslim Discrimination; and Gordon Oyer for Signs of Hope: Thomas Merton’s Letters on Peace, Race, and Ecology.

Orbis Books publisher Robert Ellsberg notes, “These prize-winning books are a good reflection of the Orbis program itself: concern for the global dimensions of Christian faith, promoting dialogue and offering a message of hope.” Mr. Ellsberg received three awards himself.

Here are the rest of the 28 CMA Book Awards for Orbis: for author interviews or review copies please contact Bernadette Price [email protected].

The entire list of CMA 2022 Book Award winners with citations is here.


Spirituality Ronald Rolheiser: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series), Alicia von Stamwitz, ed.

First Time Author Olga Segura, Birth of a Church: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church

Biography Gordon Oyer, Signs of Hope: Thomas Merton’s Letters on Peace, Race, and Ecology

Ecumenism and Interfaith Robert Ellsberg, ed., Lead, Kindly Light: Gandhi on Christianity

Pope Francis A.E. Orobator, The Pope and the Pandemic: Lessons in Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Saints, Canonized or in Process Dorothy Day (Robert Ellsberg, ed.), On Pilgrimage: The Sixties

Christology (Jesus) Bill Cain, SJ, The Diary of Jesus Christ

Future Church Thomas Rausch, Global Catholicism: Profiles and Polarities


Scripture (Popular) Michael Casey, The Promise of Deliverance: Reading 2nd Isaiah

Faith and Science Ilia Delio, The Hours of the Universe: Reflections on God, Science, and the Human Journey

Prayer (Books on) P. Gregg Blanton, Centering Prayer: A Contemplative Path to Virtuous Living

Ecumenism and Interfaith: Jordan Denari Duffner, Islamophobia

Mysticism: James Woods, Putting on the Mind of Christ


Theology Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Revelation in the Vernacular (Disrupting Cartographers Series)

Catholic Social Teaching  William O’Neill, SJ, Catholic Social Teaching: A User’s Guide

Catholic Social Teaching Bishop Edward Braxton, The Church and the Racial Divide

Faith and Science John Haught, The Cosmic Vision of Teilhard de Chardin

Faithful Citizenship Kelly Brown Douglas, Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter

Ecumenism and Interfaith Jim Forest, Eyes of Compassion: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh

Saints James Bacik, Saints Celebrated and Unsung

Memoir: Janice McLaughlin, MM, “The Color of the Skin Doesn’t Matter:” A Missioner’s Tale of Faith and Politics in Africa

Best New Religious Book in a Series Michael Leach/Doris Goodnough/Maria Angelini, eds., The Way of Peace (The Way Series)

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Founded in 1970, Orbis Books publishes works that enlighten the mind, nourish the spirit and challenge the conscience. Orbis seeks to explore the global dimensions of Christian faith and mission, to invite dialogue with diverse cultures and religious traditions, and to serve the cause of reconciliation and peace. Learn more at OrbisBooks.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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