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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 We do not publish filler material—anecdotes, jokes, thoughts to ponder. We do not publish articles in installment or serial form.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 mageditors@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 (jeannek@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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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202





Ignatius of Loyola: The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His conscience was deeply touched, and a long, painful turning to Christ began. Having seen the Mother of God in a vision, he made a pilgrimage to her shrine at Montserrat (near Barcelona). He remained for almost a year at nearby Manresa, sometimes with the Dominicans, sometimes in a pauper’s hospice, often in a cave in the hills praying. After a period of great peace of mind, he went through a harrowing trial of scruples. There was no comfort in anything—prayer, fasting, sacraments, penance. At length, his peace of mind returned. 
<p>It was during this year of conversion that Ignatius began to write down material that later became his greatest work, the <em>Spiritual Exercises</em>. </p><p>He finally achieved his purpose of going to the Holy Land, but could not remain, as he planned, because of the hostility of the Turks. He spent the next 11 years in various European universities, studying with great difficulty, beginning almost as a child. Like many others, his orthodoxy was questioned; Ignatius was twice jailed for brief periods. </p><p>In 1534, at the age of 43, he and six others (one of whom was St. Francis Xavier, December 2) vowed to live in poverty and chastity and to go to the Holy Land. If this became impossible, they vowed to offer themselves to the apostolic service of the pope. The latter became the only choice. Four years later Ignatius made the association permanent. The new Society of Jesus was approved by Paul III, and Ignatius was elected to serve as the first general. </p><p>When companions were sent on various missions by the pope, Ignatius remained in Rome, consolidating the new venture, but still finding time to found homes for orphans, catechumens and penitents. He founded the Roman College, intended to be the model of all other colleges of the Society. </p><p>Ignatius was a true mystic. He centered his spiritual life on the essential foundations of Christianity—the Trinity, Christ, the Eucharist. His spirituality is expressed in the Jesuit motto, <i>ad majorem Dei gloriam</i>—“for the greater glory of God.” In his concept, obedience was to be the prominent virtue, to assure the effectiveness and mobility of his men. All activity was to be guided by a true love of the Church and unconditional obedience to the Holy Father, for which reason all professed members took a fourth vow to go wherever the pope should send them for the salvation of souls.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus’s humanity and His biological need to be fed Himself gives power and personal force to His teaching that when we feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty, we do it to Him.

 
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