The Gabriel Awards, which date to 1965, are intended to honor excellence in broadcasting. They are not limited to religious programming; in the words of the Academy:
The single most important criterion of a Gabriel winning program is its ability to uplift and nourish the human spirit. Gabriel-worthy programs affirm the dignity of human beings, and recognize and uphold universally-recognized human values such as community, creativity, tolerance, justice, compassion and the dedication to excellence.
“Reel Faith” was recognized in the category “Television – Arts: National or Local Release.” We don’t actually have the shiny statue yet; that comes in an awards banquet in Buffalo, New York on Thursday, June 25th. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you about it!
Meanwhile, as of this week I’m officially transitioning for the summer from diaconal student to full-on film critic. Monday evening I took my last final exam for my spring semester at Immaculate Conception Seminary. (Three years down, one to go till ordination!) Tuesday evening, without skipping a beat, I shot the “Reel Faith” summer season premiere, reviewing Tomorrowland, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ex Machina with my co-host David DiCerto.
This is now our sixth summer in production, and there are some changes. For five years we’ve shot the show at Cinemart Cinemas in Forest Hills, Queens, but this summer we’re moving to a Catholic venue in Manhattan, the Loreto Theater at the Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture — where, as it happens, David has a new gig. He is now the Sheen Center’s Director of Film & TV. Congratulations, David!
It’s still kind of a new thing for me, and I don’t yet send them out every week at a regular time, but if you sign up, eventually you’ll get an email from me letting you know what I’ve written lately, what I’m doing and what’s coming up.
With David DiCerto, he co-hosts the Gabriel Award–winning cable TV show “Reel Faith” for New Evangelization Television. Steven has degrees in media arts and religious studies, and has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy.
He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA, and an MA in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
Steven’s writing for the Register has been recognized four times by the Catholic Press Association awards, with two first-place wins in 2017 and 2016, a second-place win in 2015, and a third-place win in 2018.