About El Mensajero: History & Mission

Just months after it was established in late 2005, El Mensajero Católico was recognized as one of North America’s finest Spanish-language, Catholic publications. It remains top-ranked among newspapers of its class and has gone on to receive numerous awards for reporting, graphic design and photographic excellence.

Our Mission:

El Mensajero Católico reports on people, programs and issues affecting the Hispanic community of Rochester and the surrounding area, while highlighting the community’s faith and cultural traditions.

El Mensajero is the only long-established, locally based publication providing consistent local-news and feature reporting on the area’s growing Hispanic community. A non-profit enterprise, it is deeply committed to serving area Latinos’ information needs both today and for many years to come.

El Mensajero’s community-based, in-depth journalism continues to emphasize such vital issues as immigration, health care, education, social justice and crime prevention. It also offers personality profiles, stunning photography and videos, and feature stories about cultural and religious celebrations.

In 2018, then-El Mensajero reporter Annette Jiménez was honored by the Ibero-American Action League with the Alicia Torres Award for her work to ensure that members of the Rochester region’s Latino community have access to information they need.

“Our community doesn’t have access to a lot of information, and she makes sure that she writes about important information that the community should have. El Mensajero covers everything in our community.”

Hilda Rosario Escher on Annette Jiménez’s selection for the 2018 Alicia Torres Award

Prior to April 2020, El Mensajero was distributed FREE at more than 250 area retail locations, agencies and churches. After the COVID pandemic closed these distribution points, El Mensajero transitioned to online-only formats. Our e-newsletter is sent to email inboxes once a month — sign up to receive the emails! You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

El Mensajero is published and supported by the Rochester Catholic Press Association, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.

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