Cleansing Fire has received various awards and honors for its work in covering the Diocese of Rochester:
2011 Canonball Award winner – Most Church Militant
2010 Cannonball Award winners– Most Church Militant, Best Armchair Theologian, More Catholic Than the Pope, Best Visual Treat, and Best New Kid on the Block.
Nominated for the 2010 Blogger’s Choice Awards in the following categories (place in the standings in parentheses): Best Religion Blog (#11), Best Blog Design (#15), Best Blog of All Time (#25), and Best Blogging Host (#9).
Cleansing Fire in the media
Catholic World Report (Oct. 2010)
“The Barren Fig Tree”, By: Jeff Ziegler
Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Dec. 2010)
“Lay ecclesial ministries and the future of the Church”, By staff writer: Diane Harris
The Wanderer (May 2011 & July 2012 twice)
May 19th, 2011 – “Women-Run Church Is Becoming a Reality”, By: Paul Likoudis
July 5th, 2012 – “Dissent Has Its Dark Side”, By: Paul Likoudis
July 12th, 2012- “Diocesan Newspaper Reflects The Legacy”, By: Paul Likoudis
Democrat & Chronicle (July, Aug. 2012 & Feb 2013)
July 14th, 2012 – “Bishop Matthew Clark leaving indelible mark on diocese”, By: Sean Dobbin
Aug. 8th, 2012 – “Progressive Catholicism no match for authentic teachings”, By staff writer: Ben Anderson
Feb. 11th, 2013 – “Pope’s departure leaves questions as Rochester awaits new Bishop”, By: Sean Dobbin
Cleansing Fire has also been consulted for stories by various local television outlets.