The Catholic Commentator won 10 awards in Division 5 in the Louisiana Press Association 2019 Better Newspaper contest, including first place in General Excellence for the July 6, 2018 edition.

Overall, the Commentator won six first place awards and two second and third place awards.

“I could not be more proud of our staff,” editor Richard Meek said. “All of the awards are amazing, but the one that stands out for me is the General Excellence award.

“To win such a prestigious honor is  exemplary of the dedication, commitment and hard work of the entire staff.”

Other awards include: 

BEST SPECIAL SECTION 

1st Place – Staff
Bishop Robert W. Muench
“The Happy Bishop”

2nd Place – Staff
Bishop Michael G. Duca
“Hope in the Lord”

BEST FEATURE STORY

1st Place – Richard Meek
“Faith cornerstone for couple
married 67 years”

BEST REGULAR COLUMN
Sam Hanna Award

1st Place – Richard Meek
“A season of mixed emotion”

BEST LAYOUT AND DESIGN
Gary Hebert Award

1st Place – Nicole Latiolais
“Stem Night”

BEST NEWS PHOTO

1st Place – Richard Meek
“Reunited”

3rd Place – Bonny Van
“A final goodbye”

BEST FEATURE PHOTO

2nd Place – Richard Meek
“Honor Scouting”

3rd Place – Debbie Shelley
“Holiday Scribe.”