ST. FRANCIS — The Milwaukee Catholic Herald earned three first-place awards and four honorable mentions from the Catholic Press Association, at a ceremony Friday, June 3, in St. Louis.

catholicheraldfrontFirst places honors went to:

Maryangela Layman Román, managing editor, for her July 9, 2015 editorial, “Rotten ‘Eggs’ has no place in museum.” It addressed the Milwaukee Art Museum’s decision to display a “portrait” of Pope Benedict made of condoms.

In the category best news writing originating with the paper on a local event, Ricardo Torres, reporter, won for his July 23, 2015 story, “Prayers for peace,” about the church’s response to violence in the Milwaukee inner city.

Karen Mahoney, a Catholic Herald correspondent, won for her April 19, 2015 profile of Nancy Salerno, a member of St. Anne Parish, Pleasant Prairie, titled, “Messenger of God.”

The honorable mentions were for:

In the investigative/news analysis category, “Called to serve,” a May 21, 2015 story by Torres regarding challenges faced by military chaplains.

In sports journalism, “NBA coach finds faith, family a winning combination,” an April 30, 2015 story from Catholic Herald Family about Denver Nuggets assistant coach Noel Gillespie, written by Layman Román. She also won for a feature story in the vocations category, “Pediatrician to save souls instead of bodies,” a May 14, 2015 piece about Fr. Dennis Saran.

The paper achieved general excellence among weekly diocesan newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or less.

The Madison Catholic Herald earned four awards. Mary Uhler, editor, received second place for her editorial, “Protect pain-capable unborn children,” and Kevin Wondrash, reporter, earned second place for best personality profile, “Fighting for the forgotten.”

The publication received third place for general excellence, and honorable mention for best coverage of the Year of Faith, Abbot Marcel Rooney, “Reflections on Religious Life.”