Biedenbach said she was surprised when she learned that she would be this year’s recipient.
“It recognizes the body of work in the communications field for the past four decades, and I’m proud of that,” she said.
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Biedenbach has been a member of the Salesian Guild for nearly 40 years after leaving college and served a number of years helping to plan the annual dinner.
“It’s one of my favorite events,” she said. “I think its a group that’s very unique. We’re celebrating our Diamond Anniversary which says a lot about the group.”
Biedenbach said after working 30 years in the Catholic area, it’s different working in the secular world.
“It feels like ministering being able to advocate for older adults,” she said. “We’ve been able to grow our services.”
The Salesian Guild, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the Jan. 26 dinner, is named for St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers. The event is an annual gathering of Greater Cincinnati Catholics working in various communication fields, including journalism, education, advertising and public relations. The group, which has no dues, comes together once a year to share liturgy and fellowship meets near the feast of St. Francis de Sales.
The Distinguished Communicator of the Year Award was begun in 1994, on the 50th anniversary of the Salesian Guild, to recognize a communications colleague who exhibits professional excellence and faith in action in the workplace.
This year’s event will be held at The Summit Country Day School, beginning with a Mass at 4:30 p.m. in the 19th century Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. A reception, dinner, and the program will follow.