Authors Timothy Walch and Tom Hunt received a third-place book award in the 2011 Catholic Press Association Awards contest.
Their collaborative effort, “Urban Catholic Education: Tales of Twelve American Cities,” was recognized in the history category for books.
Judges said of the entry: “A superb collection of essays highlighting the accomplishments, achievements and milestones of Catholic education in twelve major urban areas across the United States. Each fact-filled history notes the individuals and religious communities that brought Catholic education to the poor, immigrants, and women.”
Walch, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Coralville, is author or editor of 17 books of American history including “Parish School: American Catholic Parochial Education from Colonial Times to the Present.” Hunt is professor of educational studies at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
Walch and Hunt are working on a sequel to Urban Catholic titled “Urban Catholic Education: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times,” which will take the story from the end of Vatican II up to the present.
Also winning awards in the CPA contest this year were The Catholic Messenger and Dan Ebener, director of stewardship and parish planning for the Davenport Diocese. Their awards were previously announced in the June 30 edition of The Catholic Messenger.