BOOK SEARCHING: THE PUBLISHERS
Paulist Press Medium to Advanced Challenge
Mission Statement: Striving to stand at the intersection of faith and culture, Paulist Press is committed to publishing quality materials that: bring the good news of the Gospel to Catholics and people of other religious traditions; support dialogue and welcome good scholarship and religious wisdom from all sources across denominational boundaries; foster religious values and wholeness in society, especially through materials promoting healing, reconciliation, and personal growth. The mission of Paulist Press is directly connected to the mission of the Paulist Fathers.
Liturgical Press Medium to Advance
Old timers will remember this publisher as Collegeville Press at St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota. The Benedictines maintain the enterprise today. Not surprisingly, its collection focuses on Scriptural, Sacramental and Liturgical theology.
US Bishops Conference Medium
USCCB Publishing is the official source for Catholic liturgical and policy books, rituals, and teaching documents, along with catechetical aids for their use.
Ligouri Publications Basic to Medium
The publisher’s mission statement: “Liguori Publications, a Roman Catholic company, publishes and distributes resources that strive to answer people's anxious questions and deepen the ongoing conversion of the people of God, while furthering the mission of the Redemptorists.” A source for very basic needs of educators.
The only practical difficulty with LP is its tendency to mix very basic publications with advanced theological works. However, the work is worth it. The greatest Redemptorist saint and Doctor of the Church is St. Alphonsus Ligouri, whose works on morality, Penance, and pastoral care remain useful classics to this day. Selected Writings
Catholic University Press Advanced to Very Advanced
This is possibly the heart of Catholic academic publishing in the United States. If nothing else, its listings keep us humble.
Orbis Books Advanced
Orbis, founded in 1970 by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, has this mission statement: “Orbis Books addresses a broad readership exploring the global dimensions of faith, inviting dialogue with diverse cultures and traditions, and serving the cause of reconciliation and peace.” Orbis is definitely cutting edge to the left end of the Catholic spectrum, but it is probably the most editorially prophetic of Catholic publishing houses.
Boston College Bookstore Advanced
A colorful and complex array of theological works worth periodic perusal.
An interesting independent Catholic online dealer with easy access to classical and recent literature—biographies, spirituality, Church life. Worth a look.
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Medium to Advanced
An independent, interfaith publisher with an excellent web presence.
I recommend you get on the mailing list—either snail mail or e-mail—for several Catholic publishers. I would particularly recommend Paulist, Catholic University, and Liturgical Press for updates of available works. I always enjoy the description of new books even if I don’t have the time to read or purchase it. What you can do, if you are familiar with Amazon’s Wish List, is "park" a book you might be interested to buy in the future. I generally have 50-60 books on there at any one time. Audible.com is beginning to produce worthwhile Catholic texts for listening, as well.
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