About the Catholic Witness Newspaper

The Catholic Witness is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Harrisburg. It was established in 1966 by Bishop George L. Leech.

In a letter to the priests and people of the diocese, Bishop Leech said that Jesus’ last and most precious words spoken on earth were, “You shall be witnesses for me…”

“Dearly beloved, like Peter and the Apostles who bore the proud name of Christian, we are called and commanded to be witnesses for Christ in our own modern and fleeting day – pope, bishop, priest and layman, precisely because in Baptism we have been incorporated into Christ.”

– Bishop Leech

He said that it was obvious that the newspaper should be called The Catholic Witness because the paper would be one more means of discharging the duty of teaching, guiding and feeding the flock of Christ. He also said, “The Catholic Witness will be of personal and practical help as we try to be loyal and true witnesses for Christ in our daily living, spiritual and temporal, in private and in public.”

Our diocesan newspaper has brought the truth of Jesus to all those who read it. It has challenged and consoled, informed and formed, united and helped its readership.

Information on subscriptions, submitting an item for publication as well as on line copies can be found on the side bar to the right.

The Catholic Witness
4800 Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg PA 17111-3710

PH: 717-657-4804
Fax: 717-657-POPE (7673)

Jen Reed
Managing Editor

Office: 717-657-4804 x209

Chris Heisey

Office: 717-657-4804 x205

Reprints of photos taken by staff members of The Catholic Witness are available.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Identify photos by subject name, issue date or content
– Contact Chris Heisey via phone, e-mail or fax.

PH: 717-657-4804, x201
Fax: 717-657-7673

We are pleased to work with parishes, schools, Catholic organizations and ministries within the Diocese of Harrisburg to share their news and promote their events through our website and our weekly e-newsletter.

The deadline for submitted announcements is Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Parish Obituaries and event announcements for the Notebook listing will be updated and posted to The Witness’ website weekly. All other submissions – including reader-submitted news of past events, photos and commentaries – will be considered for future use at the discretion of the staff.

Please visit our Submission Guidelines page for more information.

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