Brian T. Olszewski has been named the fourth editor of The Catholic Virginian, effective Monday, August 28, succeeding longtime editor Steve Neill, who retired in June, announced Deborah Cox, director of communications.
Mr. Olszewski has more than 40 years of experience in Catholic communications, including 38 years as an editor of diocesan newspapers.
He comes to the Diocese from West Milwaukee, WI, where beginning in 2005 he served as executive editor and general manager of the Milwaukee Catholic Press Apostolate, a three-newspaper apostolate that served the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Dioceses of Superior and Madison.
He served as founding editor and general manager of the Northwest Indiana Catholic in the Diocese of Gary, IN., as well as director of communications between 1986 and 2004. Prior to that, he spent a decade in the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, where he served as editor of the West River Catholic, and as director of communications.
In addition, Mr. Olszewski has been a book reviewer for Catholic News Service, a ghostwriter and editor of articles and speeches, and author of “Catholic Thought,” a weekly column for The Times, Munster, IN; and a part-time radio announcer at KTOQ Radio, Rapid City.
He holds a Master of Arts in mass communications from Purdue University; a Master of Pastoral Studies in religious communications from Loyola University of Chicago; and a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting and theology from Marquette University.
He and his wife, Ruth, have five adult children and five grandsons.