About Grandin Media


We aim to inform and engage readers through the telling of inspiring stories of Catholic life in today’s world, and particularly in central and northern Alberta. Grandin Media also covers news of all kinds, offering a unique Catholic perspective on stories that matter.

Grandin Media features:

  • A digital news portal, including photos and video, produced by professional journalists and updated daily
  • Commentary and reflections by key contributors such as Archbishop Richard Smith
  • Social media channels (including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
  • A weekly digital newsletter, highlighting the week’s top Catholic stories from Alberta, Canada and the World at a glance.

In the largest archdiocese on the Canadian Prairies, we have great stories to tell. Our parishes, pastors and community of faith are the core of those stores. And Grandin Media aims to tell them well.


Grandin Media’s roots were planted with the Western Catholic Reporter, the former newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. From 1965 to 2016, the WCR served the Catholic community through high-quality journalism and thoughtful commentary in the print format. Grandin Media continues that tradition, but now uses digital media to offer more timely coverage on the Church, culture, politics, education, health and life issues.

We take our name from Vital-Justin Grandin, an Oblate missionary who became the first Bishop of the Diocese of St. Albert in 1859. At the time, the diocese covered large parts of the present Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories.

Grandin was tireless in his efforts to share the good news of the Gospel; it is estimated that over the course of his ministry in Western Canada, he walked about 25,000 miles in snowshoes. Today his name graces buildings, schools and communities across Alberta, and his snowshoes are featured on the coat of arms of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. His cause for sainthood is currently under consideration by the Vatican.

Like our namesake, Grandin Media aims to reach far and wide, but snowshoes have been replaced by the digital tools of the internet.

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If you know of a story or event you’d like to see covered here, contact Andrew Ehrkamp, News Editor, or call 780-392-2441.