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Our Mission

The purpose of The Catholic Leader newspaper is to inform from a Catholic perspective and to connect the Catholic community. It is by virtue of these pursuits that the paper nourishes people’s faith and spirituality. Being an ethical and credible source for faith-based news, reviews, and reflection is of integral to the publications’ function as it serves the faithful. And it’s been achieving this vision since it began over 100 years ago.

Our History

A number of attempts were made to establish a Catholic newspaper in Brisbane during the mid-19th century resulting in a publication called The Age, the first issue of which appeared on October 1, 1892.

While The Age continued its weekly publication for many years, a rival came upon the scene in 1910. This was the Catholic Advocate which eventually grew into the ‘No. 1 Catholic journal’ with a state-wide circulation. Owned by Hibernian Newspapers Ltd, it reflected the Irish Nationalist sentiments and was even published in a green cover.

It was difficult financial times which brought about the demise of both The Age in 1929 and the Catholic Advocate in 1930.

Archbishop Duhig salvaged the former paper and The Catholic Leader rose from the ashes of The Age, the first issue being dated December 5, 1929.

At this stage, the price was threepence. The paper was then the official organ of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, circulating throughout Australasia and having correspondents in Rome, Paris, London, Dublin and the United States of America.

The Catholic Leader continues to be published by the Brisbane Archdiocese, circulating monthly throughout Australia, at a cost of $4. With an eye to the future and knowing the importance of staying relevant in a changing world, The Leader meets the challenges of keeping readers informed and aware of what is happening in their Church and their world, earning the reputation as Australia’s leading Catholic Newspaper.

Our Team

Matt Emerick, Managing Editor

Matt was appointed editor of The Catholic Leader in July 2013. He’s been working in Catholic and mainstream media for 20 years. He’s held editorial positions in numerous Queensland newspapers. He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and history and a Masters in Journalism and Theology. Matt is married with three children.

Joe Higgins, Senior Journalist

Joe is a Brisbane-born Catholic with a passion for telling stories. He is an economics and philosophy graduate from the University of Queensland and has worked the last five years at The Catholic Leader, where he met his wife Catherine. He believes a well-informed Church is essential to meet the changing needs of the times and for delivering authentic Church renewal.

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