Australian Jesuit authors win prestigious awards

Books from Fr Richard Leonard SJ and Fr Gerald O’Collins SJ have received prizes at the annual Catholic Press Association Awards in the United States.

From the thousands of books submitted for judgement, this year’s jury gave awards for excellence in publishing to recent works by Australian Jesuits Fr Richard Leonard and Fr Gerald O’Collins.

Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 9.35.47 amIn the Liturgy section, Fr Gerald Collins SJ won for Lost in Translation (co-authored with John Wilkins), Liturgical Press.

The judges stated: ‘This is a well-reasoned, concise argument for a truly vernacular translation of the Roman Missal. The argument is based on principles as old as those proposed by St. Jerome and on recent ecclesiastical history from the Second Vatican Council to the most recent translation of the Roman Missal into English.’

In the Spirituality category Fr Richard Leonard SJ won for What Does It All Mean?: A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful, and Loving, Paulist Press.

The citation read: ‘The task of our lives to is recognize our goodness and then attempt to live a little better. This book offers a pathway to meditating on this journey to find the meaning of our life. This would be a beneficial book for anyone struggling to find their way or for those who try to bring clarity to others about the purpose of their particular life.‘

Both books are available through the Pauline Media Centres and at

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