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June 26, 2023, Baltimore, Maryland – The Adrian Dominican Sisters and Barry University – a Miami, Florida-based university founded and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters – recently received awards from the Catholic Media Association (CMA).

The Adrian Dominican Sisters received first place in the Best Annual Report for a Catholic Nonprofit Organization category for the 2021-2022 Annual Report, Awakening to the World Around Us. The award was announced during the closing banquet at the Catholic Media Association’s (CMA) 2023 conference, held June 6-9, 2023, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The title of the 2021-2022 is taken from the Prayer for General Chapter 2022, written by Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress at the time, asking God to awaken the Sisters and Associates to love. The annual report details the various ways that Sisters, Associates, Co-workers, and Benefactors have responded to the needs of the wounded world with awakened love.

Judges noted that the annual report “goes beyond the balance sheet to showcase interesting tidbits, easy-to-read articles, and quotes from those involved in the efforts,” and particularly appreciated the explanation on the back cover of the symbols on the front cover.

Co-workers in the Development and Communications Offices collaborated on the 2021-2022 annual report. Development Co-workers are Amy Palmer, Director; Laura Brosamer; Sister Kathleen Schanz, OP; Tracy Schultz; and Sarah Veres. Members of the Communications team at the time of the annual report’s production were Angie Kessler, Director; Ashley Concord; Ashley Duke; Sister Barbara Kelley, OP; Jakob Smith; and Sheila Wathen.

Students working at Barry University’s magazine, The Barry Buccaneer, received the Student Journalism Awards for Writer of the Year (first place), Best Article on Social Justice (third place), Best Creative Writing (first place), Best Front Page (second place), Best Use of Graphics with an Article (first, second, and third place), Best Single Photo (second place), and Best Story and Photo Package by an Individual (first place).

Formerly known as the Catholic Press Association, the CMA is an association of U.S. and Canadian newspaper and media specialists who report on issues and news involving the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations.  

Annual Report cover and spread

July 26, 2022, Portland, Oregon – The Adrian Dominican Congregation received an award from the Catholic Media Association (CMA): Its 2020-2021 Annual Report, Deepening Relationships, took first place in the category of Best Annual Report for Catholic Nonprofit Organizations.

The CMA is a global network of Catholic communicators ministering in diverse media and its 2022 Press Awards program – focusing on publications, videos, articles, photos, books, social media campaigns, and other media created in 2021 – drew 2,700 entries in 472 categories this year. The results were announced on July 7 during the CMA’s conference in Portland, Oregon.

Judges noted that the Annual Report has a “stunning design and is formatted for easy reading.” They also described the photos as “eye-catching,” evoking the message of the piece. Cited specifically were Angela Kessler, Director of Communications; Amy Palmer, Director of Development; Ashley Duke, Graphic Designer; and Barbara Kelley, OP, Writer.

The 2021 Annual Report was a collaborative effort of the Development and Communications Departments. Along with those cited above were Laura Brosamer, Sister Kathleen Schanz, OP, Catherine Witt, and Jolene Witt, Development; and Ashley Concord, Scott Miller, and Sheila Wathen, Communications. 




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