About the Messenger

The Messenger is the Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois which covers the southern 28 counties of Illinois. The paper, founded in December 1907, is delivered to about 5,000 paid subscribers by mail and several hundred receive our e-edition. Read our 100th Anniversary article here.

The Messenger publishes bi-weekly. One year subscriptions are $25. Copy deadline is 10 days in advance for Special Sections and Supplements. Copy deadline for our regular editions is noon on Wednesday prior to publication date.

No subscription refunds will be issued after 60 days.

Advertising Policy
Paid advertisements are accepted by The Messenger. The editor, acting under the direction of the publisher/bishop, shall have the final authority to reject any advertisement deemed unacceptable. Political advertising is not accepted at The Messenger.

Bishop Michael McGovern

Chris Orlet