The Office of Communications
"The media can be used to proclaim the gospel or to reduce it to silence in human hearts. As media become ever more intertwined with people's daily lives, they influence how people understand the meaning of life itself." (Dawn of a New Era Pontifical Council for Social Communications)
The Office of Communications serves the Bishop, Offices and Parishes of the Diocese of Madison and participates in their universal mission to ensure that all individuals throughout the 11 county diocese are graciously invited every day to meet the person of Jesus Christ "Risen from the Dead" face to face and to be changed by Him.
The Office of Communication represents the Diocese of Madison and the Bishop of Madison to the media. The Director of the Office of Communications is the official media spokesperson for the Diocese and handles public relations for the bishop and the diocese.
"The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message." (World Communications Day, January 24, 1989)
Primary responsibilities of the Office of Communications include:
- Preparing and distributing statements and other resources for the media.
- Arranging for interviews with bishops and staff of the Diocese of Madison and its parishes
- Organizing press conferences, and
- Responding to media questions
Other responsibilities of the Office of Communication include:
- Facilitating intra-diocesan as well as other extra-diocesan communication
- Oversight of the diocesan website
- Production and distribution of diocesan specific materials, e.g. audio, video, and printed materials
- Working closely with the official newspaper from the diocese, well-informed Catholics and to deepen their commitment to, and relationship with, the Lord, their Catholic faith and their Church.