Communications Office Staff Recognized by Catholic Media

HNP Communications Around the Province

NEW YORK — The HNP Communications Office recently received several awards for its work on the Provincial e-newsletter, HNP Today.

During the Catholic Press Association conference in June, director Jocelyn Thomas and coordinator Maria Hayes both received awards in the “Best Feature Article: Newsletter” category.

Hayes received first place for a story written about the Buffalo friars’ response to the snowstorm that affected Western New York last fall. According to the judges, “Buffalo Friars Help Neighbors During ‘Epic’ Storm” was “an interesting, faith-filled take on a weather story that captured nationwide interest. Quotes are outstanding, with contributions from several of the friars and evidence of brotherly love, the impact of nature and a sense of community.”

Thomas received second place for her coverage of the solemn profession of Ross Chamberland, OFM, Jeffery Jordan, OFM, and Michael Reyes, OFM. “Three Friars Profess Final Vows as Franciscans” contained an “excellent use of quotes from the three friars. The reader gains a strong sense of both the Mass and the background of each friar.”

A story written by Hayes about the reconfiguration process was awarded third place. The story, “Reconfiguration Process Begins as Councils Meet in Wisconsin,” was “a comprehensive overview of the first steps in the reconfiguration process” that contained quotes that “added a human touch to an organizational story.”

Earlier this year, the Religion Communicators Council recognized the Communications Office during the annual DeRose-Hinkhouse awards presentation. Holy Name Province received a certificate of merit in the category “Best E-Newsletter: Single Issue” for the Nov. 19, 2014 e-newsletter. This issue contained information about the Province’s 2014 jubilee celebration, the election of F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, as Siena College’s new president, and an award received by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, among other stories.

The e-newsletter was redesigned and reformatted last year to accompany changes to These new features include the ability to add more photos, video and other multimedia content, as well as the ability to post stories daily, instead of on a biweekly basis. Past HNP Today stories, going back as far as early 2008, can be found on the Provincial News page of the HNP website.