Since 1953, the Catholic Herald has served as the official newspaper of the Diocese of Superior.
Shortly after Bishop Albert Meyer was appointed to lead the diocese, he recognized the need for a diocesan newspaper. On February 14, 1953, he established the Superior edition of the Catholic Herald Citizen, as it was first known. Bishop Meyer and his successors saw the value of the newspaper as an instrument for teaching, inspiring, unifying, informing, recording diocesan history and building the diocesan family.
Each of the diocese’s five bishops have served as publisher of the Catholic Herald. In that role, each put his imprint on the tone of the publication and oversaw the numerous changes it has experienced. They are: Bishops Albert Meyer, Joseph Annabring, George Hammes, Raphael Fliss, and Peter Christensen.
During the Catholic Herald’s first 24 years, several diocesan priests served as editors. Since 1987, laypeople have served in the position.
Bishop Peter Christensen is publisher of the Catholic Herald and Brian Olszewski serves as editor. The publication remains a part of the Milwaukee Catholic Press Apostolate, which also publishes papers for the Diocese of Madison and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
While the Catholic Herald has changed with the church and with the publishing business, it continues to serve the Diocese of Superior as a catechetical tool with a threefold purpose for serving the Catholic community of Northern Wisconsin: Informing them about their faith; forming them in their faith; and inspiring them to live their faith.
In Fall 2009, the print edition underwent the first redesign of content and appearance since 1991. Along with the new look, a new vision for the paper was established – a vision and mission reflected by publication of material that serves the educational and spiritual needs of the diocese.
In addition to the new look in print, www.catholicherald.org was recreated and developed with the intent of becoming an information hub for members of the diocese and beyond.
The Superior Catholic Herald provides objective, accurate and current information regarding the church from the diocesan, regional, national and world levels. Our commitment is to provide official church teaching in a manner that is enriching and respectful of readers so that they may apply and carry out this teaching in their daily lives.
All divergent opinions in consonance with Catholic teaching are welcome, but publication cannot be guaranteed. While all submissions will be considered for publication, the Catholic Herald does not exist as a forum for discord among voices contrary to those of the Catholic faith.