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EDITOR | Readers offer report card on our stories

Magazine survey will help us make Catholic St. Louis the best it can be

Last month, I invited readers to take our biannual survey. Some readers received the survey by mail, and all readers had the opportunity to give feedback through a digital survey.

More than 1,200 of you took about five minutes to answer 18 questions. Your answers will help us gauge how well our stories and columns resonate with you, help you grow in faith and go spread the joy of the Gospel.

Here are some highlights of your answers:

  • 82% of you said you find the magazine generally interesting.
  • 87% said Catholic St. Louis makes you feel more connected to my Catholic faith
  • 86% said the magazine improves your understanding of the mission and teachings of the Church
  • 81% replied that the magazine strengthens your association with other Catholics in the local Church
  • About two-thirds of the respondents are women and about half are over the age of 65.
  • The majority of respondents liked the archbishop’s column, the “Pray” feature, Father Martin’s “Ask” column and most other regular stories.
  • About three-quarters of respondents also receive the St. Louis Review, our weekly newspaper.

While these numbers are reassuring of the quality of our magazine, the most helpful answers were your comments. Common feedback is the desire for more stories highlighting radical discipleship and Catholic approaches to contemporary social issues and daily life. We are committed to those stories and invite your ideas.

A few people offered that they find the magazine “irrelevant,” “boring,” “bland” and “all fluff.” We value that feedback, too, although including just that description doesn’t help us improve. It’s best when paired with something constructive, as in what you might find more inspiring.

Regardless of whether feedback was positive or negative, we take your opinion into account as we plan our future magazines.

Thank you for taking the time to make our magazine the best it can be.

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