Dispelling Rumors

Dispelling Rumors

I hear there are rumors about things happening at St. Anthony Messenger and our parent, Franciscan Media. The true story is that, in a move to grow this ministry, we’ve decided to focus on St. Anthony Messenger and our popular lines of Franciscan Media and Servant Books. And we will continue to develop innovative, inspiring digital products (Saint of the Day, Catholic Greetings, webinars, apps, and everywhere else). That’s where we will continue to grow. That means, though, that we no longer will focus on parish products.

This much is true, and we’re delighted to share it: We are collaborating with Liguori Publications in a dramatic way. We sold to them our parish products, the most well known of which is Catholic Update. We will support them as needed and are looking forward to working with our Redemptorist friends in some new ways. Who knows what we might come up with together!

St. Anthony Messenger, now in its 122nd year of continuous publication, will remain our flagship. Our Franciscan Media books will continue to grow in stature, here at their Franciscan Media home. Our Servant Books will do the same. And so will our digital products.

Speaking of which, don’t miss our 3:00 pm webinar with one of the nation’s leading Thomas Merton experts, Jonathan Montaldo TODAY from our Franciscan Media studios.

We hope you’ll join us!
John Feister, on behalf of the Franciscan Media Leadership Team


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).