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Christopher Lyford

Director of Communications
Editor of the North Coast Catholic

Office: 707-566-3302
Fax:     707-566-3310

Diocesan communications are more than a tool to announce important Church developments, policies, and events. Rather, communication is a primary means of evangelizing — a way of spreading the Good News among our parishes, schools, and institutions and thereby to the community we serve as a whole.

The primary vehicle used by the bishop of Santa Rosa to keep Catholics informed of developments both within the diocese and throughout the universal Church is North Coast Catholic — a monthly magazine available in all parishes and mailed to subscribers as well as all donors to the Annual Ministries Appeal. For information on how to submit stories or on advertising for any issue, please visit the North Coast Catholic page.  To sign up for email alerts when each new issue appears, please visit

The diocesan website has been developed to provide a continuing channel of accurate and timely information on diocesan matters. To submit material or links for consideration on the website, please contact the Communications Office at 707-566-3302, or email: 

Web Link Policy 
Web Calendar Policy 

News releases are published and posted on the diocesan website to keep members of the diocese apprised of current events affecting all Catholics. These also can be used in conjunction with letters from the bishop, found on this site under Bishop’s Letters or Cartas del Obispo section.

Diocesan Communications Committee

Appointed by the bishop, the committee serves as an advisory group in matters concerning two-way communications between the bishop and diocesan leaders, and the faithful. Committee members are volunteers who bring unique areas of expertise related to publication, Web development, public and media relations, and development issues.

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