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-60s St. Anthony Messenger
began to reflect the new outlooks of that Council.
The Beginning of St. Anthony Messenger Press
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 Helpsall 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 Mass.
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.
Foley, who died in 1994, was St. Anthony Messenger Presss most
popular writer. His best-selling book Believing in JesusA
Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith, has sold over 400,000
religious educators use St. Anthony Messenger Presss
Come and See, an RCIA process that makes heavy use of
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
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.
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.
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 St. Anthony Messenger Press and
Franciscan Communications to Internet audiences around the globe.
From its beginnings
as St. Anthony Messenger in 1893 to its presence today on the
Internet, St. Anthony Messenger Press/Franciscan Communicationswith
its print, video and audio publicationshas contributed richly
to the spiritual life of this country.
Expansion of our book line: Servant
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 Catholic Book Publishers Association and the Catholic Press Association, will handle
all operations for the Charis imprint in its Cincinnati offices and warehouse.
A Million Thanks
All of us at St. Anthony
Messenger Pressthe Franciscan friars of Cincinnati and their
many co-workersare 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:
St. Anthony Messenger Press/Franciscan Communications
28 W. Liberty St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Toll-free number (U.S. only): 1-800-488-0488