Robert DeFrancesco, Director of Communications
Rob DeFrancesco is Director of Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and associate publisher of The Catholic Sun, its diocesan newspaper and website.
He works alongside a dynamic team of motivated, mission-oriented Catholics in carrying out the diocese’s communications strategy to ensure the Church’s message is articulated across a variety of platforms, including: print, web, new media, television and radio.
Rob acts as a spokesperson for the diocese, arranges and conducts press conferences, provides public relations counsel to staff and partner agencies, produces a weekly television show and two radio programs, and serves as a clearinghouse for all media inquiries.
He started working for the Diocese of Phoenix in 2000 as the managing editor of The Catholic Sun. Rob became the editor in 2004, before becoming director of communications in 2010.
Rob is immediate past president of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and also served as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Communications Committee. He is currently the CPA Western Region Representative.
Rob and his wife, Megan, are parents of two funny and energetic boys, and he and his family call St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Chandler home.