Annual NCCL Awards


The following awards are presented at NCCL’s annual Conference and Exposition. Nominations are accepted from individual members as well as from provinces through their NCCL Representative Council members. Each award has a separate web page which contains information about the award including criteria as well as an application blank. Please feel free to check out any of these awards and consider submitting a nomination.

Please Note:

  • No member of the organization’s Board of Directors or Staff shall be eligible for any individual award conferred by the organization during his/her tenure.
  • Members involved in the selection of awardees are required to recuse themselves from deliberation over persons/organizations they nominate and/or who present a conflict of interest.
ALL AWARD NOMINATIONS/APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 1, 2017.

Catechetical Award

The NCCL Catechetical Award is given at the annual meeting to a person, persons, or institution in recognition of outstanding or exemplary contribution to the ministry of catechesis.

The criteria used by the board of directors in the selection of the recipient are that the recipient(s) demonstrate:

  • A life of witness to the Word of God;
  • A magnanimous spirit of love and service to the Church;
  • A vocation to ministry characterized by a pioneering spirit and innovative vision;
  • A dedication and significant contribution to the ministry of catechesis in the Church at large.

Each province or affiliated organization may submit up to three nominations listed in order of priority.  Each nomination should be accompanied by a paragraph providing supporting details for the nomination.  A form is provided for this purpose.  In order that nominations are given equal consideration, please ensure that your nominations reflect the consensus of your province or organization. 

Rep Council Members Submit Nomination

Distinguished Service Award

The award is intended to recognize and applaud the good works of someone who has spent many years in catechesis helping individuals and communities encounter the Good News of Jesus. The award recipient is not revealed until the time of the presentation and is someone who is attending the annual meeting.

The criteria are that the recipient:

  • has worked in catechetical ministry a good number of years;
  • has labored in the field with dedication and enthusiasm;
  • has made a substantial contribution to the ministry and to the people they serve;
  • has labored tirelessly, willingly and effectively for the sake of the Gospel without any thought of recognition – an “unsung catechetical hero”;
  • has a current membership in NCCL or is a former member who has retired within the past 5 years.

In any given year, the Board can highlight an area/category that will be given preference in the selection process. 

Rep Councl Members Submit Nomination

New Wineskins Award
Parish/Cluster Level

This new award offered by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership is designed to:

  • Highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in parishes (or parish clusters) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Share successful initiatives that may benefit other parishes.
  • Encourage continued creative innovation in parish catechetical and evangelization efforts.
  • Reflect the spirit of the “new evangelization” promulgated by Pope John Paul II and the General/National Directories for Catechesis.
Award Criteria: The parish ministry initiative must exhibit
  1. a strong catechetical and/or evangelization dimension;
  2. innovative qualities;
  3. a history or track record of at least three years;
  4. a demonstrated record of effectiveness;
  5. fidelity to Scripture and Church teaching.
Nominate a Parish

New Wineskins Award
Diocesan/Multi-Diocesan Level

This new award offered by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership is designed to:

  • Highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in diocesan (or diocesan clusters) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Share successful initiatives that may benefit other dioceses.
  • Encourage continued creative innovation in parish catechetical and evangelization efforts.
  • Reflect the spirit of the “new evangelization” promulgated by Pope John Paul II and the General/National Directories for Catechesis.
Award Criteria: The ministry of the diocese(s) initiative must exhibit
  1. a strong catechetical and/or evangelization dimension;
  2. innovative qualities;
  3. a history or track record of at least three years;
  4. a demonstrated record of effectiveness;
  5. fidelity to Scripture and Church teaching.
Nominate a Diocese