Butler County woman receives regional Catholic honor

Lisa Biedenbach, who has worked in the communications field for the past four decades both in the secular and non-secular worlds, was chosen as the 2019 Distinguished Catholic Communicator of the year by the Salesian Guild of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She will be honored during the organization’s annual dinner on Jan. 26.

For the past three years, Biedenbach has been the director of operations at Central Connections in Middletown.

Among Biedenbach’s responsibilities are internal and external communications. She owns LAMB Editorial Consulting, which focuses on providing book manuscript development, editing, copy editing and proofing for clients. Biedenbach has worked for more than 25 years for Franciscan Media and also served in communications positions with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and Western-Southern Life.

A fourth-generation member of St. Boniface Church in Northside, where she is a lector and choir member, Biedenbach is past president of the parish pastoral council. She and her husband of 25 years, Bob, are residents of Ross Twp.

One of Biedenbach’s nominators described her as “a communicator of high ethical, moral, and professional standards. She believes in her cause. She prays with every word she writes. She cares deeply, loves unconditionally,” according to the archdiocesan news release.

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.

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