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Dr. Julie Byrne Wins Religion Reporting Award

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The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion by Julie Byrne, Hofstra University Associate Professor of Religion and the Hofstra’s Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies, was honored in the book category at the 2017 Religion News Association (RNA) Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence.

RNA is considered the premier journalism association for people who write about religion in the news media. There are also awards for newspaper, magazine, multimedia and student journalism.

Dr. Byrne’s The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion was published by Columbia University Press in 2016. It shares the remarkable history and current activity of independent Catholics, who number at least two hundred communities and a million members across the United States. Through archival documents and interviews, she tells the story of the unforgettable leaders and surprising influence of these understudied churches.

“It’s a great honor to see The Other Catholics recognized not only as a scholarly contribution but as a big news story,” Dr. Byrne said.  “I’m so happy for all the independent Catholics, because this award is lifting up their stories and the invisible hard work they’ve done for years.”

Dr. Benjamin Rifkin, Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said, “We are very proud of Dr. Byrne’s work as a scholar of religion and the Hartman Chair of Catholic Studies and delighted to see that her scholarship has been recognized for excellence in religion reporting.  It is essential to understand the broad diversity of religious experience in America and around the world in order to more fully understand the richness of the human experience and enhance the practice of compassion for ourselves and our fellow travelers on our journeys on our precious blue planet.”

The RNA Award was given to Dr. Byrne at the RNA’s annual conference in Nashville on September 9.

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