Clear Faith Publishing, LLC was recognized with three book awards from the Catholic Press Association at their annual conference held July 4-7, 2022 in Portland, Ore.
In the category for Liturgy, “Lay-Led Liturgies for Prophetic Times” by Father William J. Bausch, was awarded first place. The judges remarked, “This collection of liturgical celebrations that can be led by a lay presider is an excellent resource and should find its way into the liturgical library of every faith community. The current need for lay-led liturgies has touched every liturgical assembly. The liturgies are very well organized; the prayer texts are theologically sound; the music selections are appropriate, and the reflections are thoughtful and evocative. A second collection is eagerly awaited!”
Second place in the Liturgy category went to “Thirsty and You Gave Me Drink,” a collection of homilies and reflections for Cycle C, edited by Deacon Jim Knipper, Publisher of Clear Faith Publishing and Deacon in St. Paul Parish, Princeton, NJ.
Third place in the Gender Issues – Inclusion in the Church category went to “Search Me: A Way of the Cross in Solidarity with the LGBTQ Community” by John T. Kyler.
Of the three book awards, Deacon Jim Knipper noted that Clear Faith is in its ninth year and “we are always grateful when our work, and that of our authors, is publicly recognized as being best-in-class. “It reaffirms the work we are doing is exceeding the standards that the industry has set,” he said. He added that the foundation of Clear Faith Publishing has been its homiletic series that inaugurated the start of the company. “Now with five volumes released and the next one to follow this Advent, each book, containing the great works of some 30+ contributors, have all received recognition from the industry,” he said.
“But more importantly, our books have helped evangelize our readers so that they have a deeper understanding of the Gospel message,” Deacon Knipper said. “Over the years, as the company has expanded, it has allowed us to publish other works that we feel will enrich our readers and help them grow in their faith.”