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Loyola Press Celebrates 100 Years, Forges into the Future

This year, Loyola Press is celebrating its 100thanniversary, a milestone few companies ever reach. The fact that Loyola Press is a Catholic publishing company makes the achievement all the more remarkable.

In 1912—the same year in which the Titanic sank and Woodrow Wilson was elected president—Jesuit Father William P. Lyons founded Loyola Press as a publishing ministry of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Lyons was simply following in the footsteps of the Jesuits’ founder, Ignatius of Loyola, who was one of the first people to purchase a printing press in the 16th century. Originally located in the basement of St. Ignatius College (now St. Ignatius College Preparatory School) and employing only a handful of people; today, the company employs nearly 90 people.

Throughout the last 100 years, Loyola Press has maintained rigorous standards for its high-quality textbooks and spirituality resources. Through religious education programs like Finding God, Christ Our Life, and the bilingual God’s Gifts, children not only learn the foundations of the Catholic faith but also discover practical ways to live out their faith.  With Voyages in English, which has been in continuous use and publication since 1943, students develop critical skills in grammar, usage and mechanics that help them become successful writers, readers and speakers..

Loyola Press publisher Jesuit Father Paul Campbell, says, “While our various language arts and religion textbooks are generally geared to children, our substantial list of spirituality books is aimed more at adults. Over the course of Loyola Press’s history, we have published literally hundreds of books that draw women and men into a deeper relationship with God and inspire them to serve others.” Some of those books have generated sales in the range one might expect from the big New York publishing houses: The Gift of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernadin remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 16 weeks; Fr. Jim Martin’s My Life with the Saints has sold more than 110,000 copies.

With a century of success behind it, nonprofit Loyola Press is already thinking about and planning for its next 100 years. “Our resources are selling globally, and our rapidly expanding digital content, including eBooks for adults and children, makes it possible for people to interact with Loyola Press whenever they want, wherever they want,” says Teresa Locke, president of Loyola Press. “The Jesuits have always been about serving people’s real needs, about meeting people wherever they are. Today, they are in the digital world, and that is where Loyola Press will interact with them.”

Popular digital offerings include the 3-Minute Retreat, where music, images and Scripture verses allow busy people to spend a few quality moments reflecting on their faith; and IgnatianSpirituality.com, where visitors can gain helpful insight into St. Ignatius Loyola and the spirituality he embraced. For additional information about Loyola Press, its print and digital resources, and its 100th anniversary, visit www.loyolapress.com.

Celebrating the Feast of the Founder of the Jesuits

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On July 31, Jesuits will celebrate the feast of their founder,  St. Ignatius of Loyola, who, with his early companions, founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.

St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491 to a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. As a young man, Ignatius Loyola was a soldier and dreamed of doing great deeds. But in 1521 Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, he experienced a conversion while reading of the lives of Jesus and the saints.

St. Ignatius’ collection of insights, prayers and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises is considered one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written. When Ignatius conceived the Jesuits, he wanted them to become  “contemplatives in action.” This is also an ideal for those  who are guided by Ignatian spirituality and who continually strive to follow St. Ignatius’ motivation to “find God in all things”.

Interested in finding out more about St. Ignatius of Loyola? Loyola Press has a collection of biographical materials, works of St. Ignatius, videos and reflections on their website.

Marquette University has also created this short video piece on the story behind the founder of the Jesuit order as told by  Stephanie Russell, executive director of Marquette University’s Office of Mission and Identity.

Jesuit Fathers Give Ignatian Approach to Making Decisions in Their New Book

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Jesuit Fathers J. Michael Sparough and Tim Hipskind offer an Ignatian approach to decision making in their new book, What’s Your Decision? How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity.

In What’s Your Decision?, the Jesuit authors introduce readers to a time-tested Ignatian approach to effective decision making. Based on the insights of St. Ignatius, the book addresses common questions such as “What’s important and what’s not when it comes to making decisions?” “Can I ever trust my gut?” and “What do I really want?”. Frs. Sparough and Hipskind help us understand that a God decision always precedes a good decision; when we invite God—who cares deeply about what we do—into the decision-making process, we find the freedom to make the best choice.

Cincinnati’s Faith Works program on Fox19 recently highlighted the Jesuits’ new book and spoke with the authors. Watch their interview below:

And Son Rise Morning Show interviewed the authors on their radio program. Listen to the interview below:

Jesuit’s Bestselling Book Reaches Publishing Milestone

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Jesuit Father Jim Martin’s best seller My Life with the Saints moved into select company when it reached 100,000 copies sold in January. His memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life.

According to Loyola Press this is a rare milestone for an author—only 2 percent of the 1.5 million different titles sold each year sell more than 5,000 copies.

When a book reaches 20,000 copies sold, it enters the “1% Club”: less than 1 percent of all books will sell 20,000 or more copies during its lifetime.

Fr. Martin is a writer and culture editor of America magazine.

Jesuit's Bestselling Book Reaches Publishing Milestone

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Jesuit Father Jim Martin’s best seller My Life with the Saints moved into select company when it reached 100,000 copies sold in January. His memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life.

According to Loyola Press this is a rare milestone for an author—only 2 percent of the 1.5 million different titles sold each year sell more than 5,000 copies.

When a book reaches 20,000 copies sold, it enters the “1% Club”: less than 1 percent of all books will sell 20,000 or more copies during its lifetime.

Fr. Martin is a writer and culture editor of America magazine.