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 once a month, ten times a year (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.

Archbishop Hebda


visits New Ulm

NEW ULM - Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, made a pastoral visit to the Diocese of New Ulm on Tuesday, May 30. This was the archbishop's first time in the City of New Ulm. He was treated to lunch, visited the Pastoral Center, walked the Way of the Cross and Loretto Park, and visited the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The day concluded with Mass and dinner at the convent of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus in New Ulm.

Pictured (left), Earl LaPlante points out details in the statuary of the first of 14 stations during the archbishop’s tour of the Way of the Cross. Also pictured is Paul Hillesheim and Bishop John M. LeVoir (far right). Both LaPlante and Hillesheim serve on the Way of the Cross and Loretto Park Committee and are two of the numerous caretakers of the over 100-year-old shrine.

CONTACT the Office of Communications:

Christine Clancy
Communications Specialist / Editor, The Prairie Catholic
(507) 233-5332