Mission and Staff


As the official newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin, the Catholic Spirit is dedicated to providing information, education and formation for the Catholic community of Central Texas. This mission calls for the newspaper:

  • to provide readers with an understanding of our Catholic faith and traditions;
  • to be a primary source of information on Catholic issues relevant to the community;
  • to be a unifying element for faith communities, both rural and urban, throughout Central Texas;
  • to show respect for and appreciation of all cultural groups and traditions;
  • to emphasize topics affirming the Catholic community and life, while acknowledging the humanity of the community and examining, with courage, topics that challenge and encourage growth in the faith;
  • to carry a commitment to social justice that will support the renewal of the church in Central Texas.



Publisher: Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin

Editor: Shelley Metcalf; (512) 949-2443

Advertising: Shelley Metcalf; (512) 949-2443

Catholic Spirit subscribes to Catholic News Service (CNS) and is a member of the Catholic Press Association.