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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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Our outstanding diocesan newspaper

By | June 9, 2010

Apparently, I am not alone in my admiration of The Compass. As mentioned in a story this issue, The Compass was honored last week by the Catholic Press Association with a first place award for General Excellence among all Catholic newspapers with a circulation between 17,001 and 40,000. What’s more, it’s the second consecutive year that The Compass has received top honors from the Catholic Press Association. I join other readers of our diocesan newspaper in congratulating the entire Compass staff for a job well done.

As an avid reader of The Compass — and as shepherd of this diocese — I understand the importance of a diocesan newspaper as a tool to unite, inform, educate and evangelize. Diocesan newspapers are community newspapers and they are able to unite our diocesan community through parish news. Stories from around the diocese and around the world help to inform us about what is going on in our church. In addition, many columns in The Compass can educate both young and not-so-young readers about the faith. Columns presented on the Sunday Readings, Family and Foundations of Faith pages offer material that is spiritually nourishing and educational.

Catholic newspapers have been spreading the Good News for many decades. They have the ability to both form (evangelize) and inform (educate) readers — and they do it most economically. That is why I have encouraged our diocesan and parish leaders to promote subscriptions to The Compass. It is one of the most effective ways to advance the mission of the Catholic Church.

Please join me in saying “thank you” to The Compass staff for the hard work they complete year after year. Like so many programs in our diocese, it is a gem and we should take advantage of it by encouraging others to subscribe.

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