About Us

The West Nebraska Register is the official diocesan newspaper for the Diocese of Grand Island. The newspaper was established in 1930 as part of the Register system of newspapers. The idea began in the 1920s with Father Matthew Smith, a newspaper man from Pennsylvania. When he moved to Denver it was his intention to provide every home in such small dioceses with a Catholic newspaper.

With the permission of then Bishop James A. Duffy, the first bishop of the Grand Island diocese, "The Register, Nebraska Edition," was printed in Denver on Feb. 23, 1930. Father Patrick McDaid, who was pastor at St. Patrick's parish in North Platte, was named the first editor and the first edition was 6,115 copies.

Today, the Register reaches nearly 18,000 Catholic homes in the diocese. To read the current Register, visit westnebraskaregister.com.

Archived articles are also available.

Our Mission

The West Nebraska Register, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Grand Island, is dedicated to informing, educating and fostering dialogue to the Catholic faithful throughout our diocese. The West Nebraska Register spreads the good news of the Gospel through communications that report the news issues that pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church. The West Nebraska Register informs by providing objective and accurate news information about the church, both local and worldwide.The West Nebraska Register educates by challenging its readers to deeper understanding of Catholic teaching. The West Nebraska Register fosters dialogue by providing a forum for discussion of issues within the Catholic community.