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Franciscan Media: More than Meets the Eye...

St. Anthony Messenger has been the core of our Franciscan province’s media-evangelization ministry for well over a century. In recent decades, other forms of evangelization have come and gone here—most notably our wildly successful presence in the parish services market through Catholic Update and other products, which we sold to Liguori Publications last year. It was a strategic decision on our part to devote ourselves exclusively to you, the individual reader, who has always been at the heart of our mission.

With you in mind, we continue to grow book lines (Franciscan Media Books and Servant Books) and remain devoted to growing our social media outreach to an even broader group: those seeking online resources to grow their faith. That builds on the foundation of our, one of the nation’s principal Catholic websites. We also have a team developing apps for smartphones and enriching all our other media.

My point is that we publish St. Anthony Messenger elbow to elbow with colleagues in other media efforts. We all work together helping to identify strong authors, inviting some of them to cross over from writing a book to writing a magazine article and vice versa. Or an author might sit for an interview for this magazine’s digital extras while in our studios recording an audiobook.

Our social media outlets can tell more people about our books or magazine. Whatever the medium, we work for a common cause: to spread the Good News far and wide. Franciscan Media is a powerhouse of talent and commitment to the mission of the Catholic faith, in the Franciscan spirit.

This blog was taken from my column “Backstory.” To subscribe to St. Anthony Messenger, click here.


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."