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.
Welcome to those seeking to join the Church this Easter!
NEW ULM – Each year as Lent begins, the Church celebrates the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion as part of the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA. Its focus is on two groups of people: catechumens, or unbaptized people seeking the three sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist; and candidates, those baptized in a separated ecclesial community who wish to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, or those baptized Catholic but previously uncatechized adults who wish to complete their Christian initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. During this year’s Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion held Feb. 18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Bishop John M. LeVoir welcomed five catechumens and 46 candidates from 17 parishes in the diocese. As part of the liturgy, parishes come before the bishop bearing the Book of the Elect that catechumens had signed at their parish during what is called the Rite of Sending. Pictured, Mary Grack, director of Faith Formation for the Church of St. Peter in St. Peter looks on as Bishop LeVoir signs her parish’s Book of the Elect. (Photo by Christine Clancy)