Archbishop Niederauer, publisher
September 26th, 2012
One of the roles of the archbishop of San Francisco is publisher of this newspaper. With this, the last of some 225 issues (more than 5,000 pages) under his watch as publisher of Catholic San Francisco, we’d like to share four characteristics that distinguish the leadership of Archbishop George Niederauer.
First, Archbishop Niederauer, a former literature professor who led the U.S. bishops’ communications committee for a time, knows the authority and impact of the printed word among all the means of spreading the Word.
Second, he knows how a print business has to be organized to deliver information and inspiration on an ambitious schedule to all the active members of the archdiocese.
Third, he is a close and knowing reader: We were always aware that, quiet though he may have been in his office three floors above ours, he never missed a thing anybody wrote either on or between the lines.
Fourth, he is a merciful shepherd: He let us staffers make our mistakes and learn from them – and we did, more cheerfully than we thought possible.
Altogether, Archbishop Niederauer, who retires Oct. 4 as the eighth archbishop of San Francisco, was a demanding yet loving boss who modeled mature stewardship with a humble, prayerful, deeply lived combination of duty and compassion. He made us stand tall as Catholics and as Catholic communicators. We learned much from Archbishop Niederauer, were privileged to serve him and will miss him greatly.
Rick DelVecchio, editor
From September 28, 2012 issue of Catholic San Francisco.