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The Art of Winning Awards
"Meditations on Vatican Art" receives top honors in the Catholic Press Association’s annual awards

Fr. Mark Haydu
Fr. Mark Haydu with his book "Meditations on Vatican Art." (Photo by Julie Filby of the "Denver Catholic Register.")

During its annual awards presentation on June 23, 2014, the Catholic Press Association honored the book Meditations on Vatican Art by Fr. Mark Haydu LC.

Fr. Mark serves at the Vatican Museums in Rome.  His book received first-place awards in the “hard cover spirituality” and “design and production” categories.

The judges said, “We were immediately drawn to the art on the jacket from Caravaggio’s masterpiece, The Deposition of Christ…The page layouts are exceptional, as is the type used.”

The judges also awarded second place in the first-time authors’ category to Meditations on Vatican Art, noting that the book is a “meditative retreat, beautifully illustrated” and “supplemented by information about the art.”  This book was also recently honored with an Excellence Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers.  (Sample chapters are available at

“I am greatly humbled and honored by this enthusiastic response from the Catholic Press Association,” said Fr. Mark, who is currently at work on his second book, Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels.  “It is my hope that many more people may come to know Christ by reflecting on the inspired art of the Vatican Museums.”



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