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St. Anthony Messenger Articles

Information for Freelance Writers

St. Anthony Messenger, published by Franciscan Media, is a monthly, general-interest, family-oriented Catholic magazine, in continuous print since 1893. Our company motto, "Live in love. Grow in faith." states well the goal of this magazine: We seek to meet our 170,000 subscribers where they are and to offer them inspiration from the heart of Catholicism—the Gospels and the experience of God's people. There is a Franciscan flavor to all that we do: faithful, sometimes challenging, always down-to-earth, infused with love and respect, always following Jesus in the life of his Church.

The best way to know what we publish is to study several recent issues of St. Anthony Messenger. Links to some typical articles are at the end of this page.

GUIDELINES FOR WRITING, PREPARING AND SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE

  1. Query in advance by e-mail. If a query is accepted, the completed article should normally be submitted within two months of acceptance.
  2. In your query, state your proposed topic, sources, authorities and your qualifications to write the article. Library research will not suffice. Fresh sources and interviews with experts or people in the field will be necessary. Seasonal material (Mother's Day, Lent, Christmas, etc.) should be submitted one year in advance.
  3. We do not publish filler material—anecdotes, jokes, thoughts to ponder. We do not publish articles in installment or serial form.
  4. We never consider articles submitted simultaneously to other magazines. We do not reprint articles from publications outside of Franciscan Media.
  5. E-mail submission is strongly preferred. E-mail all initial correspondence, queries etc. to MagazineEditors@FranciscanMedia.org, attention John Feister.
  6. Feature articles are 2,000-2,500 words. We increasingly are publishing shorter pieces as well.
  7. Popular, accessible style is essential.
  8. Please allow up to eight weeks for return or purchase of publication rights. Manuscripts are reviewed by a number of editors who sometimes travel, etc.
  9. Payment for articles and fiction is 20 cents per published word—upon acceptance and return of a signed author-publisher agreement form. We buy first worldwide serial rights to publish and republish "the work" in any and all forms or formats, including all electronic formats. Authors receive two complimentary copies of published work.

Photography

  1. Photo support is crucial for articles about a one-of-a-kind event. The content of thematic articles or essays (for example, "the importance of forgiveness") lends itself to illustration. Our art director is part of the decision to buy an article and will indicate whether photos or illustrations will be needed. For more information, contact Art Director Jeanne Kortekamp (JKortekamp@FranciscanMedia.org)
  2. If professional-quality photos already exist on a subject, please supply information on how to obtain them. Otherwise, supply contact information for the subject(s) of the article so that a professional photographer can be engaged. In some exceptional cases, nonprofessional-quality photos can be used.

Examples of articles we have published:

Church/Sacraments

The Lord's Supper: Ancient Story, New Beginning
Praying the Steps: A Good Friday Tradition
Catholic Parishes Minister to Soul and Body
Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Where Are We Now?

Education/Spiritual Growth

Finding Faith in God's Creatures
Keeping Faith During Hard Economic Times
Holistic Care: Treating Mind, Body and Spirit
The Catholic Tradition of Health Care
How a Mutt Taught Me About God
St. Francis and the Millennials: Kindred Spirits
World Youth Day: Celebrating Young Faith

Family/Marriage

Christopher West on the Theology of the Body
Caregivers Need Care, Too

Profile/Celebrity/Saints

Dick Vitale: Faith, Family and Foul Shots
Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez on The Way
Blessed John Paul II: Witness to Hope
Therese Borchard: Beyond Blue
Matthew Kelly: On Faith and Fatherhood
Jason Berry, Church Whistleblower
Sisters of Life
Blessed John Henry Newman: Lover of Truth
Pray, Hope, Love: Dr. Robert Wicks
Father Leo Patalinghug: Connecting Food and Faith
The Feast of All Saints: God's Glorious Nobodies

Scripture/Theology

Jesus' Extraordinary Treatment of Women
God's Great Reversal: Key to the Gospel of Luke
St. Paul and Women: A Mixed Record
Jesus: What's Fact? What's Fiction?
St. Peter: A Pope for All Seasons

Social Issues/Foreign

Lessons in Giving
Bringing Help and Hope to Haiti
Last Call: Grace and Sobriety
Will There Be Christians in the Holy Land?
No Greater Love: Operation Pedro Pan

Spirituality/Inspirational Stories

Pathways to God in Everyday Life
Michael Leach: Why I Stay Catholic
12 Keys to a Sacramental Marriage
Seven Things Catholics Should Know About Divorce
Fitting Prayer Into a Busy Life
Spiritually Healthy Children
Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
My Life With Multiple Sclerosis
Connecting With Creation at Yellowstone

Fiction: We do not have examples of fiction on our Web site. Consult our Writer's Guidelines about fiction and see recently published stories.

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Franciscan Media
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202





John Paul II: “Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978. <br /><br />Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a chemical factory, he enrolled in an “underground” seminary in Kraków. Ordained in 1946, he was immediately sent to Rome where he earned a doctorate in theology. <br /><br />Back in Poland, a short assignment as assistant pastor in a rural parish preceded his very fruitful chaplaincy for university students. Soon he earned a doctorate in philosophy and began teaching that subject at Poland’s University of Lublin. <br /><br />Communist officials allowed him to be appointed auxiliary bishop of Kraków in 1958, considering him a relatively harmless intellectual. They could not have been more wrong! <br /><br />He attended all four sessions of Vatican II and contributed especially to its <em>Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World</em>. Appointed as archbishop of Kraków in 1964, he was named a cardinal three years later. <br /><br />Elected pope in October 1978, he took the name of his short-lived, immediate predecessor. Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. In time, he made pastoral visits to 124 countries, including several with small Christian populations. <br /><br />He promoted ecumenical and interfaith initiatives, especially the 1986 Day of Prayer for World Peace in Assisi. He visited Rome’s Main Synagogue and the Western Wall in Jerusalem; he also established diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel. He improved Catholic-Muslim relations and in 2001 visited a mosque in Damascus, Syria. <br /><br />The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, a key event in John Paul’s ministry, was marked by special celebrations in Rome and elsewhere for Catholics and other Christians. Relations with the Orthodox Churches improved considerably during his ministry as pope. <br /><br />“Christ is the center of the universe and of human history” was the opening line of his 1979 encyclical, <em>Redeemer of the Human Race</em>. In 1995, he described himself to the United Nations General Assembly as “a witness to hope.” <br /><br />His 1979 visit to Poland encouraged the growth of the Solidarity movement there and the collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe 10 years later. He began World Youth Day and traveled to several countries for those celebrations. He very much wanted to visit China and the Soviet Union but the governments in those countries prevented that. <br /><br />One of the most well-remembered photos of his pontificate was his one-on-one conversation in 1983 with Mehmet Ali Agca, who had attempted to assassinate him two years earlier. <br /><br />In his 27 years of papal ministry, John Paul II wrote 14 encyclicals and five books, canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people. <br /><br />In the last years of his life, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and was forced to cut back on some of his activities. <br /><br />Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II in 2011, and Pope Francis canonized him in 2014. American Catholic Blog Lord, may I have balance and measure in everything—except in Love. —St. Josemaría Escrivá

 
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