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Cathy Goffner, left, “lost everything” but found faith and friendship at St. Boniface Church, where she was confirmed last year. Her co-sponsor, Michael Riddle, right, was confirmed the previous Easter at St. Boniface and is living a life o

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First place for CSF writer in Catholic media contest
June 7th, 2016

A follow-up to the award-winning 2014 story about a Tenderloin drug addict and homeless man who entered the church while living on the street won a first-place in the 2016 Catholic Press Awards competition. The award was announced at the annual Catholic Media Conference in St. Louis June 1-3. Reporter Christina Gray took the top prize in the category of Best Coverage of a Routine Sacramental Event for a non-weekly diocesan newspaper, circulation 25,000 or more for her April 3, 2015, feature “Once homeless man converts, sponsors another one year later.” This story chronicles the friendship between 43-year-old Michael Riddle who sponsored Cathy Goffner, a homeless woman with cancer, only one year after his own baptism. Gray’s 2016 story “Homeless Man Awaits Easter Baptism” won a first place award for feature writing in the 2015 CPA awards competition.

From June 9, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

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