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A History of The Catholic Herald

A Long Tradition

Since 1948, the Madison edition of the Catholic Herald has served as the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison.

The Diocese of Madison was established in 1946. Bishop William P. O'Connor decided that Madison, which had been previously served by the Catholic papers from La Crosse and Milwaukee, needed a paper of its own and appointed Msgr. Andrew R. Breines as the first editor. From 1948 until his retirement in 1986, Monsignor Breines worked both as a parish priest and as editor, covering the many changes the church experienced during that period. A highlight was the historic Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. Monsignor Breines attended and reported on all sessions of that council for the Madison-area readership.

Keeping People Updated

Currently, Bishop Robert C. Morlino is the publisher of the Catholic Herald and Mary C. Uhler, who has been on the paper's staff since 1973, is the editor. Uhler continues to ensure that the Catholic community remains "informed and updated on their faith and its impact on their lives and our society." The Catholic Herald includes news and commentary on all levels from local to international and publishes pages devoted to spirituality, youth, families, the elderly, arts and culture, and reader input.

The Catholic Herald's award-winning Web site is found at http://www.madisoncatholicherald.org/. It is also featured on the Diocese of Madison's Web site at http://www.madisondiocese.org/. The paper works in conjunction with the diocesan Office of Communications to provide information on the activities of diocesan offices, agencies, and institutions.

Recognized for Quality

The Catholic Herald has a circulation of approximately 28,000 -- higher than most of the paid local daily and weekly newspapers in southcentral Wisconsin. The paper is printed in Madison and mailed directly to the homes of subscribers through the U.S. Postal Service.

In recent years, the Catholic Herald has won numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association, including General Excellence Awards and awards for editorial and news writing, columns, special sections, front page design, photography, and advertising design. Its editorial page has been named best in the country.

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Staff

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Bishop Robert C. Morlino
Bishop Robert C. Morlino
Publisher

Bishop Morlino is bishop of The Diocese of Madison. More about the bishop.

Mary C. Uhler
Mary C. Uhler
Editor

Mary has been working for the Catholic Herald since 1973 and has been editor since 1986. She earned a master of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Married and the mother of two children and grandmother of three granddaughters, she is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Madison. In addition to numerous editorial awards from the Catholic Press Association, in 2001 she was given the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope John Paul II and in 2003 she became a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

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Pamela A. Payne
Pamela A. Payne
Associate Editor

Pam has been working for the Catholic Herald since 1974. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, she is married and the mother of two sons. She is a member of St. Olaf Parish, DeForest.

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Kevin Wondrash
Kevin Wondrash
Reporter

Kevin joined the Catholic Herald in 2013. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he worked in television news for six years. He is a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Madison.

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Steve Hefty
Steve Hefty
Advertising Account Executive (Advertising information)

Steve has been working for the Catholic Herald since 2000. Steve is married and the father of four children and a grandfather. He is a member of Holy Redeemer Parish, Perry.

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Local / Area Columnists

Audrey Mettel Fixmer Audrey Mettel Fixmer, a longtime correspondent for the Catholic Herald, writes the "Grandmom" column for the monthly Senior Page. Married and the mother of 10 children, she is a member of St. Joseph Parish, Fort Atkinson. She may be reached by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
John Huebscher Barbara Sella Kim Wadas The "Eye on the Capitol" column is written by staff members of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference in Madison, the public policy arm of the state's Catholic bishops. The writers are John Huebscher, executive director; Barbara Sella, associate director for respect life and social concerns; and Kim Wadas, associate director of education and health care concerns. They may be reached at the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, 131 W. Wilson St., #1105, Madison, WI 53703, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Columnists from Catholic News Service (CNS)

Note: CNS columns are not available on The Catholic Herald Online Web site. To read material by the columnists listed below, please subscribe to the print edition.

Fr. William J. Byron Jesuit Father William J. Byron, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, D.C., writes a bi-weekly column, "Looking Around," on current issues. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and Master's in economics from Saint Louis University. Byron is a past president of The Catholic University of America and of the University of Scranton. He may be reached at: Fr. William J. Byron, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.
Effie Caldarola

Effie Caldarola writes a general-interest bi-weekly column entitled "For the Journey." She lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband Jim and three children. She may be reached at: Effie Caldarola, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

Fr. John Catoir

Fr. John Catoir's bi-weekly "Spirituality for Today" column explores issues of spirituality for today's Catholic. He is the chaplain for Eva's Village, the largest comprehensive poverty program in New Jersey, and one of the largest emergency assistance programs in the nation. The canon lawyer also serves as a judge on his diocesan marriage tribunal. He may be reached at: Fr. John Catoir, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

Bill Dodds

Bill Dodds' bi-weekly column on the family and marriage is entitled "Your Family." Bill is a writer who lives in Seattle, Wash. and is the author of various publications. His website is http://www.FSJC.org and may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

John Garvey

John Garvey, John Garvey is the president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and is an expert on constitutional law, religious liberty and the First Amendment.

Fr. Eugene Hemrick

Fr. Eugene Hemrick, who writes "The Human Side" column, is a research associate with the Life Cycle Research Institute at The Catholic University of America, and coordinator of institutional research at Washington Theological Union. He writes weekly on issues pertinent to the Church and the human spirit. He may be reached at: Fr. Eugene Hemrick, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

Stephen Kent

Stephen Kent, former editor of the archdiocesan newspapers of Omaha and Seattle, writes from Seattle. Kent may be reached at: Stephen Kent, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

Karen Dietlein Osborne

Karen Dietlein Osborne contributes to “Coming of Age,” a CNS column series for and about youth. She is a staff writer for the Evangelist, newspaper of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y..

Erick Rommel

Erick Rommel is head staff writer for The Catholic Spirit in the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J. His column is syndicated through Catholic News Service. Rommel may be reached at: Erick Rommel, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

Moises Sandoval

Moises Sandoval, a veteran Catholic journalist, writes "Seeking Life," a monthly column. He was a longtime editor of Maryknoll magazine and was the founding editor of Revista Maryknoll. Sandoval may be reached at: Moises Sandoval, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

Carolyn Woo Carolyn Woo writes a monthly column, "Our Global Family." She is the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services.

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Syndicated Columnists

Fr. Robert Barron Fr. Robert Barron writes the column "Word on Fire." He is an author, speaker, and theologian. He is the founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire (www.WordOnFire.org), which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic faith. Father Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series about the Catholic faith. The series has aired on PBS and EWTN, and has been seen and broadcast in parishes, universities, schools, and media outlets throughout the world. Father Barron and Word on Fire also released the documentary CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization in 2013. Father Barron currently serves as the rector/president of Mundelein Seminary at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill.

Tony Magliano Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He can be reached at 164 Cree Terrace, Rising Sun, Md. 21911.
Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. who writes the monthly column, "Making Sense Out of Bioethics," is director of education for The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pa. See http://www.ncbcenter.org/. He earned two degrees in advanced theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Before becoming a priest at the age of 34, he had already done a postdoctoral at Harvard in neuroscience and earned a Ph.D. in the same subject at Yale. He has four undergraduate degrees - in molecular and cellular biology, in chemistry, in biochemistry, and in philosophy - all from the University of Arizona, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1988. He can be reached at 1-215-877-2660, ext. 210 or by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
George Weigel George Weigel is the author of "The Catholic Difference" column. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Md., and a master's degree from the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, Canada. He is the author or editor of 15 books, including Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II (1999) and The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church (2002). He is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and one of America's leading commentators on issues of religion and public life. He and his wife, Joan, live in North Bethesda, Md., with their three children. He may be reached at 1015 Fifteenth St. NW, #900, Washington, D.C. 20005 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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