Over the years, St. Anthony Messenger editors spawned a number of other publications, maintained by those of us whose primary concern is your magazine. Several parish handouts were developed over the years. One flopped (Senior Update); one thrived for many years (Youth Update).

One publication our friars started decades ago, but apparently is needed all the more, is Homily Helps, meant to help priests and deacons preach better homilies. Consider what Pope Francis said in The Joy of the Gospel: “We know that . . . both [the faithful] and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them!”

All of this was multiplied with the Internet, which, as we all know, has changed—and is still changing—everything. Our earliest web efforts were led by a group of St. Anthony Messenger editors. In recent years, with Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, our editors are part of a larger team.

Christopher Heffron oversees the Facebook and Twitter pages for the magazine; Susan Hines-Brigger, Father Pat McCloskey, Jeanne Kortekamp, and I contribute in various ways. All of this is to say, each of us here has his or her hands in several projects at any given time. It’s the nature of publishing. And today it’s not only to bring the Good News to you, but also to invite you to join in a great conversation.

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About the Author

John Feister is editor in chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. He has a B.A. in American Studies from University of Dayton, and master's degrees in Humanities and in Theology from Xavier University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and was previously an adviser to the Communications Committee of the U.S. Catholic bishops (2000-2006). His latest book, Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives is available from the Franciscan Media catalog. He has cauthored four books with Richard Rohr (Franciscan Media), and coauthored, with Charlene Smith, the biography of Thea Bowman (Orbis books).