Video Catechism Wins Prestigious ‘Telly’ Award

By Tim Bishop

WHEELING—The Video Catechism for Teens (VCat) program, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is now an award winning series.

The VCat installment entitled “Joy Story” has received the prestigious “Telly Award” as one of the year’s best religious short films.

VCat is a series of videos produced to teach youth about the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the beauty of the Catholic faith done in new and relevant ways. The videos use cultural analogies, creativity and humor.

Bob Perron, executive director of the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, said the VCat video was selected among more than 12,000 entries.

“What (the award) does, is it gives credibility to what we are doing,” Perron said. “We wanted something that was going to be relevant to young people, and I think we have succeeded in that.”

Perron said the videos are produced by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in collaboration with Outside da Box Productions. “This shows our diocese’s commitment to the young church,” Perron said, “and our commitment to reaching out to young people in new ways. This award is affirmation that what we are doing is really good.”

Perron said the videos are created by a team of writers and producers. Writers include Perron, Bob Rice, Eric Growth, Bonnie Socha and Chris Padget. “All of our writers are very creative,” Perron said, “and we have just as creative actors and producers.

“By the end of the program, we will have 48 short films that highlight the main themes in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We hope the program encourages young people to find out more about what the church teaches.”

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The 34th Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.

The complete VCat series is available online at