Blessed Michael McGivney Award for Distinguished Journalism

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Blessed Michael McGivney Award for Distinguished Journalism

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and named for the Order’s founder, the Blessed Michael McGivney Award for Distinguished Journalism recognizes outstanding writing about the contributions that volunteers (either an individual or group) have made to Catholic parish life or the community.

Articles published in Catholic Media Association member publications during the past calendar year (Jan. 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023) are eligible for submission. The stories do not have to be related to the Knights of Columbus.

  • Up to two entries per publication may be submitted. There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions must be PDF files of the articles as they originally appeared in the publication.
  • Please email entries to, noting “Blessed Michael McGivney Award” in the subject line.
  • Entries must be received by 10 a.m. ET Friday, May 3, 2024.

First-place prize: $1,000 ($500 to the writer and $500 to the charity of his or her choice, pending approval from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council). Small, nonmonetary second- and third-place prizes, together with certificates, will also be awarded.

Please contact the editorial staff at or 203-752-4398 with any questions.

As a parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut, Father Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890) saw a need for a fraternal organization that would build up Catholic men in their faith, support their families in the event of death, and serve the Church and community. Since he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882, the Order has grown to more than 2 million members worldwide dedicated to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. In May 2020, Pope Francis officially recognized a miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession, leading to his beatification Oct. 31, 2020, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.