The Courier's History, Mission and Leadership
The Catholic Courier, newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York, was founded by lay Catholics in 1889 as The Catholic Journal. Over the past century, the newspaper's name has consisted of the words "Catholic," "Courier" and "Journal" in various combinations. The paper was officially renamed Catholic Courier on its 100th anniversary in 1989.
In the wake of the Great Depression, the Rochester Diocese assumed ownership of the newspaper, and its publishing company, the Rochester Catholic Press Association, Inc., was incorporated in 1951. Today, that corporation publishes not only the Catholic Courier, but also the Spanish-language newsmonthly El Mensajero Católico and the Official Directory of the Diocese of Rochester. It also provides graphic-design and marketing services for non-profit groups.
The Catholic Courier focuses its coverage primarily on people, ministries, issues and church life within the Diocese of Rochester in order to engage and inform our readers — especially young adults and those seeking ways to connect to a faith community — about Catholicism and how to live it faithfully. (Adopted December 2016)
A listing of the newspapers' staff can be found here.
Bishop of Rochester Salvatore R. Matano is president the RCPA and publisher of the Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Católico. The corporation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Other officers of the corporation are: Very Rev. Paul J. Tomasso, V.G., vice president; Rev. Daniel Condon, secretary; and Mr. William H. Kedley, treasurer.
The work of the Board largely takes place through RCPA standing committees, which comprise both Board members and individuals on the staff of the newspapers or of the Diocese of Rochester. In the table below, staff members are denoted by asterisks after their names:
|Editorial Committee||Finance Committee||Board Recruitment &
Community Outreach Committee
|Mr. Mark Hare, Chair||Mr. William Kedley, Chair||Mr. Kevin Foy, Chair|
|Ms. Joy Auch||Mr. Derek Dalton||Ms. Andrea Coloruotolo O'Neill|
|Ms. Jennifer Ficcaglia *||Ms. Karen Franz *||Ms. Karen Franz *|
|Rev. John Firpo||Rev. Kevin E. McKenna||Ms. Christina Mancini|
|Ms. Karen Franz *||Mr. James Schnell||Mr. Mark Peterson|
|Mr. Douglas Mandelaro *||Ms. Jane Sutter||Ms. Leonor Rivera|
|Rev. Peter Mottola||Very Rev. Paul J. Tomasso, V.G.||Very Rev. Paul J. Tomasso, V.G.|
|Ms. Katie Redmond|
|Very Rev. Paul J. Tomasso, V.G.|
Honorary Board Members
The following individuals have been elected as honorary members in recognition of their invaluable contributions during several terms on the board: Mr. Timothy Fitzgerald, Mr. Richard Hare, Ms. Helen McDermott and Ms. Caroline Riby.