WHAT WE DO The Diocese of New Ulm’s Office of Communications coordinates communication between the bishop and/or his staff and the outside media. The office issues media releases and statements about the diocese and responds to media requests or inquiries. This office also obtains and schedules Catholic programming for public access television stations in nine communities in the diocese.
THE PRAIRIE CATHOLIC The Office of Communications in charge of the production of The Prairie Catholic which is mailed to over 23,000 registered Catholic households throughout the Diocese of New Ulm seven times a year or every six weeks (Sept. – June). This award-winning communication vehicle, in both print and online, shares in the mission of proclaiming Christ’s saving message by providing news, information, and education. The Prairie Catholic is a trusted source of information about the Church, and provides a connection and a sense of place for Catholics throughout the diocese’s 9,863 square miles. Its focus is on the Bishop’s priorities of evangelization, Catholic education, marriage and life issues, social concerns, catechesis, timely Catholic news, and diocesan and parish information. The newspaper is funded in-part by donations to the annual United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Communications Campaign held annually in May.
Hispanic Catholics gather in April for regional V Encuentro
ALEXANDRIA - Over 200 spirit-filled people gathered in Alexandria on April 13 and 14 for the regional V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter), an initiative of the U.S. bishops, calling Catholic leaders to “listen with profound attention to the needs, challenges, and aspirations that the growing Hispanic/Latino population faces in daily life.” The April gathering included people from the U.S. Church’s region 8 which covers Minnesota and North and South Dakota. It was the next step in the process following the New Ulm diocesan V Encuentro last September and a precursor to the national V Encuentro planned for September 2018 in Grapevine. Texas.
(Read more about the Region 8 V Encuentro on page 11.)
Photo by Dianne Towalski, St. Cloud Visitor