aka Catholic Courier AND El Mensajero Catolico   |   Rochester, NY   |

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EIN: 16-0761420


The Catholic Courier focuses its coverage primarily on people, ministries, issues and church life within the Diocese of Rochester in order to engage and inform our readers — especially young adults and those seeking ways to connect to a faith community — about Catholicism and how to live it faithfully. El Mensajero Católico reports on people, programs and issues affecting the Hispanic community of Rochester and the surrounding area, while highlighting the community's faith and cultural traditions.

Ruling year info


General Manager

Ms. Karen M. Franz

Main address

PO Box 24379

Rochester, NY 14624-0379 USA

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Formerly known as


Catholic Courier Journal



Subject area info

News and public information

Communication media


Population served info


NTEE code info

Roman Catholic (X22)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through its publications, including the Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Católico, the Rochester Catholic Press Association fulfills the mission of the Catholic press as expressed by the late Cardinal John P. Foley: to “inform, form, inspire, educate and strengthen the religious identity of Catholics.” These publications also fill an important role in the local media landscape, offering hyperlocal news coverage of the people, places, and events occurring within the 12-county area in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New York state encompassed by the Diocese of Rochester. Our digital publications are available to all, and often address topics and issues of interest to a wide audience. For example, a 2021 package examined responses to incidences of violence within the City of Rochester ( El Mensajero Católico is one of the few area news outlets specifically intended for Latino audiences, and regularly publishes bilingual content.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Catholic Courier

The Catholic Courier — digital and print newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York — is the conduit for timely, compelling, and trustworthy information about the Catholic faith, the Church, the Diocese and parishes, and their charitable activities. It uses digital, print, and social media to inspire lifelong faith formation and transform personal and community life as inspired and directed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Courier publishes original and wire-service news content daily at the paywall-free site, via three free e-newsletters per week, on various social-media platforms, and in its flagship print edition, which is home-delivered 10 months of the year (excluding January and July) to more than 92,000 Catholic households in the 12 west-central New York state counties of the Diocese of Rochester: Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe (greater Rochester), Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.

Population(s) Served

El Mensajero Católico reports on people, programs and issues affecting the Hispanic community of Rochester and the surrounding area, while highlighting the community’s faith and cultural traditions. It operates a bilingual website at (paywall free), posts regularly on various social media platforms and offers a free monthly e-newsletter.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent

Directory of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, providing extensive listings on diocesan offices, parishes, agencies and affiliated programs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Catholic Media Association of the U.S. & Canad 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Historical data not available; 2022 number reflects Facebook followers as of September 2023. 2023 number reflects followers as of Dec. 31, 2023.

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes 2023 data recorded in Google Analytics 4 (GA4). Historical data (2019-2022) recorded in Google Analytics (Universal Analytics). 2020 figure includes pandemic-related livestreams.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RCPA seeks to extend our impact within the local news environment by expanding our readership. Our coverage is of interest to Catholics; anyone seeking a reliable, faith-based perspective on local, national, and international news; and general readership in our coverage area.

Continue to find effective ways to share the stories that matter to our readers through innovative storytelling and ethical, reliable journalism.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback




The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

General Manager

Ms. Karen M. Franz

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Most Rev. Salvatore Matano

Diocese of Rochester

Term: 2013 -

Paul J. Tomasso

Diocese of Rochester

Daniel J. Condon

Diocese of Rochester

Jane Sutter Brandt

Sutter Communications

Patricia Anthony

General Code

Michael Condon

Harris Beach PLLC

Doug Escher

Dale Carnegie

Rebecca LeClair

LeClair Communications LLC

Jim Redmond

Retired Excellus VP

Anthony Cook

Curriculum Associates

Evelyn D'Agostino


Paul Gitau

St. Paul's Church, Webster

Mary Kate Koecheler

Seton Catholic School

Rolf Miller


William Morris


David Peartree

Brighton Securities

Carlos Sánchez

Our Lady of Peace, Geneva

Amanda Scalzo


Board leadership practices

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GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes