And Our Finalists Are…

2012 Catholic Parish Website of the YearIts been a few months since we announced our first Catholic Parish Website of the Year Contest. We had a total of 69 entries for our inaugural contest.  Contest entries closed back at the end of April and our judges have been hard at work rating the submissions.  We’re in the midst of the final round of judging and wanted to release the list of our finalists.  There are 15 finalists that are currently in the running for the Catholic Parish Website of the Year Contest.

I’d like to thank everyone who submitted an entry into the contest.   The finalists are listed below.  All the finalists are fine examples of great parish websites.  This contest is really meant to recognize the hard work for parish web administrators, developers, and designers, but also to serve as a teaching tool for parishes around the world.  Please take the time to wander through these websites.

Our 15 finalists are fine examples of what makes a really good parish website.  Here are our finalists:

The winner will be announced next week.  Stay tuned!



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Joe Luedtke is LPi and is currently leading LPi’s efforts to move into the on-line world. Joe works for the world's largest and oldest social network, religion, and believes that this social network could benefit tremendously from the the proper use of Internet technologies.
  • TotusTuusFamily

    I am inspired by this website –

  • Jessica Pac

    Yay!!!!! That’s our site!!!! in Corning NY!!! It keeps changing and growing, however, so don’t judge it on a single day . . . . 

  • Lawrence Niekamp

    I didn’t realize the parish had to be east of the Mississippi.

    • Joe Luedtke

       Lawrence, we had quite a few submissions for out west especially California and Texas.  We also had few international ones from Canada and as far away as New Zealand.  Unfortunately, they didn’t make it to the final round.  The selection process was harder than I anticipated.  There’s a lot of of good websites out there!

      • Lawrence Niekamp

        I humbly apologize to you Joe, and the other judges for a not-too-thinly-disguised sour-grapes reply. Upon reflection of your reply I am heartened that there were so many submissions of good websites. I keep reading that the Catholic Church is behind the times — perhaps these submissions are evidence that we are catching up quickly. Praise the Lord.
        One word to those who administer the 15 sites listed above — watch out for California next year!

        • Joe Luedtke

          Lawrence, no need to apologize. Your passion is in the right place!

  • Matthew Price

    It is great to finally see some half-decent parish websites. I am not a fan of WordPress however I can’t complain knowing that parish communities are seeing the importance of using digital communications as a tool for evangelisation. Great Effort Catholic Tech Talk!! :) Next year I might submit some of the sites I have developed. God bless, Matt ( / @mbprice98)

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  • Lewis

    I am suprised our Parish website didn’t make the list (!  They have some amazing features and great content on their pages – especially the Sacrament ones. Maybe it was because they don’t have a facebook or twitter (but their Youtube Channel is outstanding so that should make up for it).  Anyway, I can’t wait to see who wins.

    • Guest

      It looks like the url is bad in that comment as it included the )! in it.  Probably should be

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