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  • July 2, 2018
  • 2:34 pm

Three IPS Faculty Members Recipients of Publishing Awards

The Institute of Pastoral Studies is proud to announce that IPS faculty members: Heidi Russell, Associate Professor, Michael Canaris, Assistant Professor, and Brian Schmisek, Dean and Professor,  were recently awarded with the following publishing awards:

Heidi Russell received second place in the category of “Faith and Science” from the Catholic Press Association’s Book Awards for her book “The Source of All Love.”

The Source of All Love is a “fresh approach to an age-old doctrine, brings together theology and science to reveal an active, conscious, omnipresent power of Love that never began, never will end, and guides the universe and everything in it. The key to spiritual evolution is awareness and participation.”

Heidi Russell was also announced a co-winner of the first place award for “Best Regular Column: Spiritual Life” by the Catholic Press Association’s Press Awards 2018 for her article “Love Revealed in Brokenness.”


Michael Canaris received third place in the same category for his article “Science & Catholicism” in the publication Catholic Star Herald.

Speaking on receiving his award, Canaris said “I have written a weekly column for the Catholic Star Herald newspaper for almost a decade now, which included stops in Boston, New York, Connecticut, Durham (UK), Rome, and Chicago.  It is honestly among one of my favorite professional activities each week.  I think needing to prepare a regular column affects the way one views the world, as he or she is always then looking for an interesting angle to describe what could be a very mundane experience.  The practice also undoubtedly makes one a better writer; to come to better appreciate words as tools designed for particular jobs and to distill sometimes deep or arcane theological realities into more digestible bites.  I am thankful for the mutually informing roles my ecclesiological study and journalistic tendencies play upon one another, and I’m humbled to have some modicum of recognition for these efforts in serving the People of God as efficiently as my limited capabilities allow me.”


Brian Schmisek received third place in the category of “Resources for Liturgy” from the Association of Catholic Publishers for his co-authored book “Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year B.”

The Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year B is a comprehensive guide for the preparation of Sunday liturgy– integrating daily living, prayer, and study into one simple resource for connecting liturgy and leadership.


Congratulations IPS Faculty!