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Mike Brown named archdiocesan communications director

June 19, 2015

Archbishop Salvatore J Cordileone has appointed Michael Brown the Director of Communications for the archdiocese, the archdiocese announced June 15. A longtime resident of and parishioner within the archdiocese, Brown has an extensive background in communications, and he has professional experience in media, both with the Catholic Church and also institutions in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

For the past seven years, Brown has been responsible for communications in the Diocese of Oakland. In that capacity, he provided important service to three bishops, including Archbishop Cordileone, who, prior to coming to San Francisco, was bishop of Oakland for three years.

Mike joins the archdiocese with over 40 years of successful communications and media experience. Before working for the Catholic Church, Brown held the position of Partner at Brown and Raleigh LLC, a full-service public relations counsel to corporations and associations whose clients included St. Mary’s College and the California Province of the Society of Jesus. He also served as the Director of Corporate Communications for Consolidated Freightways Corp., a Fortune 500 company, and Director of University Communications at the University of San Francisco for 10 years. His early career in communications began as staff editor for a senior columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Mr. Brown comes to us with stellar experience, a reputation for working well in establishing good connections among many different units of a large organization, and extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the Catholic Church. We are delighted with his decision to join us, and we will quickly put his many skills to good work,” said Jesuit Father John Piderit, moderator of the curia and vicar for administration in the archdiocese.

Although Brown is responsible for all aspects of media in the archdiocese, his particular focus is on communications with Catholics of the archdiocese as well as with all people interested in the activities of the archdiocese. The editor of Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocesan weekly with a circulation of 65,000, reports to Brown. Brown will also work closely with the archbishop, the various archdiocesan offices, and the 93 parishes of the archdiocese to inform people about the activities the local church in San Francisco is undertaking to spread the message of the Gospel and to attract people to regular worship at Mass in their local parishes.

Brown assumes his position in the archdiocese on July 1.

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