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first issue of Saint Anthony Messenger
The first issue of St. Anthony Messenger, the forerunner of St. Anthony Messenger Press, was published on June 1, 1893, by the Franciscan friars of Cincinnati as a monthly publication for secular Franciscans.

Over the years it has developed into a successful magazine for Catholics nationwide. Today it goes out to more than 350,000 subscribers across the country and around the world.

Among the major influences to affect its pages was the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). In the mid-60's St. Anthony Messenger began to reflect the new outlooks of that Council.

The Beginning of St. Anthony Messenger Press

In 1970, in the wake of Vatican II, St. Anthony Messenger expanded into St. Anthony Messenger Press. The religious development of Catholics was certainly high on its list of goals. Popular religious books began coming off the press, as well as publications like Catholic Update and Homily Helps—all under the St. Anthony Messenger Press logo.
The beginning of St. Anthony Messenger PressThe first issue of Catholic Update appeared in March of 1973. Its purpose was to meet the needs of parish adult education in the post-Vatican II Church. Its four-page popular handout format was designed for easy distribution at Sunday Mass.

Catholic Update helped explain the changes that were sweeping over the Church after the Council, especially those affecting the Mass and the other sacraments. For example, the Catholic Update “How to Go to Confession Using the New Ritual” by Leonard Foley, O.F.M., has sold over 2.7 million copies since its first publication in 1976.

Father Foley, who died in 1994, was St. Anthony Messenger Press's most popular writer. His best-selling book Believing in Jesus—A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith, has sold over 400,000 copies.

Many religious educators use St. Anthony Messenger Press's ' Come and See,' an Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process that makes heavy use of Catholic Update.

In September of 1982, St. Anthony Messenger Press began publishing Youth Update and in January of 1994 Scripture From Scratch, a monthly series on biblical topics. From February of 1997 through December of 2000, St. Anthony Messenger Press helped the Church prepare for the Great Jubilee with a publication called Millennium Monthly.


Expansion Into Video:
Franciscan Communications Comes Aboard


Catholic videos In August of 1994, St. Anthony Messenger Press acquired Franciscan Communications, the well-known Franciscan media enterprise located up to that time in Los Angeles. This acquisition has added a large number of outstanding catechetical videos and other Franciscan Communications products to the St. Anthony Messenger Press shelves and catalogs.

At the very time Franciscan Communications and its materials came to St. Anthony Messenger Press and greatly expanded its product line, St. Anthony Messenger Press was already starting its own video department.

Among the new video creations recently produced by St. Anthony Messenger Press/Franciscan Communications are six Catholic Update Videos on sacramental preparation as well as Scripture From Scratch II: The World of the Bible(16 video segments on biblical themes).


St. Anthony Messenger Press Hits the Internet

On the eve of the new millennium, St. Anthony Messenger Press has expanded its religious education outreach into cyberspace. In 1996, it established a presence on the World Wide Web through its Internet site known as AmericanCatholic.org, thus bringing the many materials of Franciscan Media to Internet audiences around the globe.

From its beginnings as St. Anthony Messenger in 1893 to its presence today on the Internet, Franciscan Media—with its print, video and audio publications—has contributed richly to the spiritual life of this country.

Expansion of our book line: Servant Books Acquired


The beginning of St. Anthony Messenger Press September 30, 2003 — St. Anthony Messenger Press, a 110-year-old Catholic publisher, announces it has acquired Charis Books, the Catholic imprint of Servant Publications of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Both presses have the same mission of communicating the gospel in a popular way," said St. Anthony Messenger Press Publisher Rev. Jeremy Harrington, O.F.M. "We will continue to publish new books in the Charis line and build on the important legacy of Servant Publications and Charis Books. We look forward to working with the talented authors of Charis Books."

St. Anthony Messenger Press a member of the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Catholic Press Association, will handle all operations for the Charis imprint in its Cincinnati offices and warehouse.

A Million Thanks to You!
All of us at St. Anthony Messenger Press—the Franciscan friars of Cincinnati and their many co-workers—are very grateful to so many of you who over the years in various ways have supported and participated in our ministry of “communicating the Word that is Jesus Christ.” We thank you sincerely and we ask God to bless you abundantly.

How to Reach Us
If you would like to subscribe to St. Anthony Messenger or receive information on our print, video or audio products, write or call us at:

Franciscan Media
28 W. Liberty St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Toll-free number (U.S. only): 1-800-488-0488





Anthony Claret: The "spiritual father of Cuba" was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris and to the First Vatican Council. 
<p>In his spare time as weaver and designer in the textile mills of Barcelona, he learned Latin and printing: The future priest and publisher was preparing. Ordained at 28, he was prevented by ill health from entering religious life as a Carthusian or as a Jesuit, but went on to become one of Spain’s most popular preachers. </p><p>He spent 10 years giving popular missions and retreats, always placing great emphasis on the Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her rosary, it was said, was never out of his hand. At 42, beginning with five young priests, he founded a religious institute of missionaries, known today as the Claretians. </p><p>He was appointed to head the much-neglected archdiocese of Santiago in Cuba. He began its reform by almost ceaseless preaching and hearing of confessions, and suffered bitter opposition mainly for opposing concubinage and giving instruction to black slaves. A hired assassin (whose release from prison Anthony had obtained) slashed open his face and wrist. Anthony succeeded in getting the would-be assassin’s death sentence commuted to a prison term. His solution for the misery of Cubans was family-owned farms producing a variety of foods for the family’s own needs and for the market. This invited the enmity of the vested interests who wanted everyone to work on a single cash crop—sugar. Besides all his religious writings are two books he wrote in Cuba: <i>Reflections on Agriculture</i> and <i>Country Delights</i>. </p><p>He was recalled to Spain for a job he did not relish—being chaplain for the queen. He went on three conditions: He would reside away from the palace, he would come only to hear the queen’s confession and instruct the children and he would be exempt from court functions. In the revolution of 1868, he fled with the queen’s party to Paris, where he preached to the Spanish colony. </p><p>All his life Anthony was interested in the Catholic press. He founded the Religious Publishing House, a major Catholic publishing venture in Spain, and wrote or published 200 books and pamphlets. </p><p>At Vatican I, where he was a staunch defender of the doctrine of infallibility, he won the admiration of his fellow bishops. Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore remarked of him, "There goes a true saint." At the age of 63, he died in exile near the border of Spain.</p> American Catholic Blog The greatest tragedy of our world is that men do not know, really know, that God loves them. Some believe it in a shadowy sort of way. If they were to really think about it they would soon realize that their belief in God’s love for them is very remote and abstract. Because of this lack of realization of God’s love for them, men do not know how to love God back. —Catherine de Hueck Doherty

 
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