From the Editor: When you speak, we listen

The Pope Francis' Jubilee House dedication. Photo: Stephen Brashear The Pope Francis' Jubilee House dedication. Photo: Stephen Brashear

A lot happened  around the Archdiocese of Seattle last year: Water damage forced students at Aberdeen’s St. Mary School to finish the year in rented space; sisters from the congregation of St. Faustina Kowalska visited local parishes for Jubilee of Mercy events; an arm relic of the apostle St. Jude visited St. Michael Parish in Snohomish; a sea ice platform for polar bears designed by third-graders at Seattle’s St. Joseph School won a national award; and Archbishop J. Peter Sartain ordained four new priests for the archdiocese in June.

These are just a few of the dozens of news stories Northwest Catholic published on our news site, The website is dedicated to news coverage of significant and sacred local events, and since 2013 we’ve published more local stories and information than would have been possible in The Catholic Northwest Progress, our venerable erstwhile archdiocesan newspaper.

We have a team of reporters who keep populated with local Catholic news, in addition to photographs, commentary and multimedia content. But we still hear from readers who miss seeing local news features in print. And when our readers speak, we listen.

With this edition of Northwest Catholic we are making some changes to our regular lineup of content, including regular republication of local news stories that first appeared online. This new feature allows our print readers to get some of the top stories we’re covering, like the opening of the Pierce Deanery’s “Pope Francis’ Jubilee House," a multi-parish Habitat for Humanity project.

There’s so much going on in the archdiocese it’s not possible to include everything in a magazine published 10 times a year, but we’ll keep working to make local news a priority in print and online.

Starting with this issue, we’re also reviewing the fundamentals of the faith with brief excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We begin with the catechism’s very first paragraph.

Let us know what you think of our new features at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and please, keep telling us how we can improve.

Northwest Catholic - January/February 2017

Greg Magnoni

Greg Magnoni was the founding editor and associate publisher of Northwest Catholic until 2018.