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About Christ is our Hope Magazine

Who We Are

Christ is our Hope magazine began publishing its first issue in October 2008 under the leadership of then Bishop (now Archbishop) J. Peter Sartain. It replaced the Catholic Explorer newspaper. The editor of the magazine is Carlos Briceño, a veteran Catholic journalist. Hope magazine is published with the help of Faith Catholic, based in Lansing, MI. Here is a brief history of Faith Catholic:


In 2000, Faith Catholic started out as a magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. In 2003, Faith Catholic began publishing diocesan magazines for Catholic dioceses and organizations. Bishop Carl F. Mengeling is the founding publisher, and Father Charles Irvin is the founding editor.

Why was Faith Catholic created?

To answer Pope John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization. In the1980s, 50% of registered Catholics attended weekly Mass Now, 25% of registered Catholics attend weekly Mass.

The Faith Catholic format was created to:

1) Remind people why they are Catholic
2) Strengthen the reader’s connection to the Catholic Church or organization
3) Inspire, inform and educate