One year: Looking back, looking ahead

This issue of The Central Minnesota Catholic is our 12th — marking one full year of publishing the magazine since our format change last January. I hope you’re getting accustomed to the new look and enjoying the articles that focus on the mission we’ve always had: to inform, form, inspire and build community here in our diocese. 

By Joe Towalski

I thought you might be interested in a few “fun facts” about the magazine’s first year: 

  • We printed a total of 388 full-color pages, including 60 pages in Spanish. 
  • We continue to focus on our diocesan community: 87% of the news and feature stories that we published in 2019 focused on local people, issues and topics; 81% of the reflections and catechetical columns were written by Catholics from our diocese. 
  • The magazine featured special calendar pages (and will again in 2020) for Lenten fish fries as well as summer and fall parish festivals. 
  • You can access back issues of the magazine at Each digital issue includes a search function that can help you find specific articles and columns. 

You can find other local stories and events, as well as the latest national and international news about the Church, on our website: www. and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Another way to ensure you won’t miss the latest news is by subscribing to our weekly “Monday Morning Update” e-newsletter. Sign up on our website by clicking on the “Subscribe Now” button at the top of our webpage. 

We’re also excited to be launching a new monthly section in the magazine starting in January: “The Big Question” will invite experts to share their views on some of the most-talked-about issues facing our Church — here in the diocese and around the world. Watch for the first installment next month. 

As always, if you have questions, comments or story ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or 320-258-7624. 

May you have a blessed Advent season! 

JOE TOWALSKI is the editor and the director of communications for the Diocese of St. Cloud. 

Author: Joe Towalski

Joe Towalski is the editor for The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine.

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