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.
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
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
, 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
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
Expansion Into Video:
A Million Thanks to You!
Franciscan Communications Comes Aboard
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
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
"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.
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
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or receive information on our print, video or audio
products, write or call us at:
28 W. Liberty St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Toll-free number (U.S. only): 1-800-488-0488