Written by By Sam Lucero | The Compass
Thursday, 05 February 2009 14:18
GREEN BAY -- The Compass staff kicked off Catholic Press Month Feb. 5 with a Mass and reception at the diocesan offices. Bishop David Ricken celebrated Mass for the staff, diocesan employees and invited guests. About 100 people attended the Mass at St. Joseph Chapel and luncheon that followed at Bona Hall.
The event was held to celebrate the diocesan newspaper's redesign as well as the redesign of its Web site, www.thecompassnews.org. The first issue featuring the new look — which is anchored by a new flag atop page one — went to press Feb. 3 and copies of the paper were available at the luncheon. Laptop computers linked to the Internet also displayed the newspaper's new Web site.
Bishop David Ricken, publisher of The Compass, looks at the newly redesigned diocesan newspaper. (Sam Lucero photo)
Amy Kawula, Compass advertising manager and marketing director, said invited guests included advertisers, Compass advisory board members and Compass in the Classroom donors.
During his homily, Bishop Ricken applauded the work of the Catholic press in furthering the church's evangelization mission. He joined the staff and guests at the luncheon, admiring for the first time the newly redesigned paper and Web site. The previous day, Bishop Ricken returned from a five-day visit to the American College of Louvain, Belgium.
In an interview, Bishop Ricken told The Compass that the Catholic press "is one of the major ways that we as a church do the evangelization of the church ."
"It's the way we keep connected with one another, even though we are over 10,000 square miles here in the Green Bay Diocese," he said. "And a way that we are connected with the universal church. It's a chance for us to get the good news out there."
Bishop Ricken said he was very impressed with the changes he see in the diocesan newspaper.
Carlos Hernandez, left, drops his name in a bucket for a drawing during a Catholic Press Month luncheon sponsored by The Compass Feb. 5. Also pictured is Patty Young. (Sam Lucero photo)
"I can't believe how beautiful it is," said Bishop Ricken, who serves as publisher of the diocesan newspaper. "It's a very attractive presentation. It's crisper and easier to read. It catches the eye, kind of begs for you to read it."
He added that the Web site is sure to please younger Catholics, as well as older web-savvy viewers.
"It is really well done. I'm so glad we're starting to talk to this generation with the tools they use," he said. "To be able to make those references and keep people connected ... is also very important."