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FROM THE EDITOR | We exist because of you, our readers

Annual subscription collection helps parishes provide the Review to community

For more than 75 years, the St. Louis Review has brought to Catholic homes the news of the life of the Church in St. Louis. We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to continue this mission each week.

The staff is committed to sharing your stories, and to telling stories from around the universal Church. Many of the stories we publish aren’t told elsewhere; you’re unlikely to find the Catholic voice so prominent in any other local publication. This mission is essential — well-formed Catholics are well-informed Catholics.

Considering the challenges newspapers face in the digital age, the St. Louis Review remains strong. Every week, nearly 48,000 homes, or about 31% of registered households in the archdiocese receive the Review. These numbers reveal that most active Catholics are receiving the St. Louis Review, based on data provided by the archdiocese.

In addition to the print newspaper, the website stlouisreview.com received about 39,000 unique pageviews per month in 2019. As we continue to explore new ways to tell stories on digital media, we anticipate website visits to increase.

The vast majority of subscriptions — 95% — are provided to us through the parishes, which also arrange payment for the subscriptions. Every year we invite parishioners to assist parishes with that cost. This year, our subscription collection is the weekend of Jan. 18-19; most parishioners have collection envelopes or will see a collection option on the online giving portals.

We ask readers to give $35 for the subscription, which amounts to 70 cents per issue — far less than most periodicals and a fraction of what we’ve come to pay for the coffee over which we might read the paper. Parishes retain a portion of this reader offering to help cover the costs of providing the subscriptions to, on average, about a third of parish families.

We are able to continue the legacy of the St. Louis Review and expand our presence online through the generosity of our readers. We exist because of you, and for that, we are grateful.

Thank you for your support.

Phillips is editor of the St. Louis Review and Catholic St. Louis magazine. He and his family are parishioners at St. Ambrose on the Hill.

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