SALUTE Magazine Receives Awards at Catholic Media Conference Quarterly news magazine of the AMS takes home first and second place honors; film on Father Vincent R. Capodanno receives Gabriel Award

California film director James C. Kelty accepts Gabriel Award for Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno on June 14, 2018, in Green Bay, WI.

GREEN BAY, WI – The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada saluted SALUTE Magazine with two awards Friday night, June 15, 2018, at the organization’s annual Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay, WI. SALUTE is the quarterly news magazine of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Edited by Ms. Jo Ann Redmond, SALUTE has a circulation of approximately 50,000 worldwide.

A story about Father Matthew Pawlikowski, CH (COL), USA—the head chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point—praying Army’s football team onto its first victory over Navy in 15 years won first place in the category of “Best Title and Lead-In.” The jurors found that the award-winning title, “Army Beats Navy on Hail Mary,” avoids cliché “by leaving out the article (‘a’). Very good narrative from the start. Moves right along drawing the reader in with just enough skepticism about the overall tale.”

Also at the Conference, held June 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency Green Bay, the Summer 2017 edition of SALUTE won second place in the category of “Best Cover: Black and White.” The cover reproduced an original photograph of the late Vietnam War hero and Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., looking out of a U.S. Military helicopter over the war-torn Vietnamese countryside, not long before his death in combat while aiding U.S. Marines under ambush. Appearing in quotation marks under the photo was the text of Father Capodanno’s comment to one of the wounded: “Stay quiet Marine, you will be ok.” The jurors noted that the “choice of photo and text immediately captures attention.”

The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada represents 229 publications with a circulation of 10.25 million households. This year’s contest winners were chosen among 2,939 press submissions in 330 categories.

Meanwhile, California film director James C. Kelty accepted the Gabriel Award at the conference for his docudrama, Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno. The Gabriel Award honors a film or program that uplifts and nourishes the human spirit, affirms the dignity of human persons, and upholds universally recognized human values such as community, creativity, tolerance, justice, compassion and the dedication to excellence.

Mr. Kelty said: “The Father Capodanno Guild was the driving force in producing Called and Chosen. The board assisted me at every turn, and continually found the resources needed to produce a credible and moving version of Father Capodanno’s story. This award really belongs to them.”

To order a copy of Called and Chosen, go here.