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December 6, 2013

Free Study Guide Prompts Closer Look at Everyday Idols

Almost immediately after Elizabeth Scalia's Strange Gods: Unmasking Idols in Everyday Life was published, readers began meeting in small groups to study the book and reflect on the idols in their own lives. To help them in this effort, Scalia has now prepared a set of questions for reflection that are available as a free, downloadable study guide. Just in time for the biggest consumer (and most idol-inducing) holiday of the year, these incisive, thought-provoking prompts and questions are designed for use after each chapter of Strange Gods and invite readers to honest reflection on the presence of idols in their everyday lives. Perfect for both small-group and personal use, these questions will also be included in the next printing of the book, due out in early 2014.

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November 22, 2013

Family Rosary Announces FREE Advent and Christmas Mobile App

Family Rosary, Ave Maria Press's fellow apostolate of the Congregation of Holy Cross, announced yesterday that it has released a free mobile app to help Catholics spend a few minutes each day acknowledging the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.

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September 16, 2013

Hendey's Handbook First Audiobook for Ave Maria Press

Ave Maria Press is pleased to announce the launch of its first audiobook: Lisa Hendey's The Handbook for Catholic Moms is now available for download at,, or in iTunes.

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September 9, 2013

Two Profess Final Vows with Holy Cross

Two men made Final Profession of Vows with the Congregation of Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, provincial superior of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers, presided at the Mass and received the vows of Patrick E. Reidy, C.S.C., and Adam D.P. Booth, C.S.C.

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September 4, 2013

Kansas Nuns Teach Journalist to Sit Still, Be Quiet, and Find Home

When Judith Valente, award-winning PBS religion journalist and celebrated poet, arrived at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Kansas, she came prepared to lead a workshop on poetry and the soul, but she faced a dilemma.

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July 30, 2013

Pope Francis Says Don’t Judge Gay People, Chicago Priest Shows How That Works in Churches

In yesterday’s in-flight press conference between Rio and Rome, Pope Francis surprised members of the media with his comments on gay Catholics, noting that "the tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem" and adding: "Who am I to judge them if they're seeking the Lord in good faith?"

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July 16, 2013

Ave Maria Press Rocks Catholic Parishes with Rebuilt

With nearly 30,000 copies sold in only five months, Ave Maria Press’s bestseller Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter has been exactly what Rev. Michael Roach predicted it would be: “a barn burner.” Ave Maria Press, an apostolate of the U.S. Province of Holy Cross, embodies the congregation’s focus on education, parish, and mission in its publishing program and is thrilled to see the impact Rebuilt is having on parishes — measured both in units sold and in an outpouring of praise from all corners of the Catholic Church.

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June 23, 2013

2013 Catholic Press Association Award Winners

Two Ave Maria Press authors and various publications by the Congregation of Holy Cross won Catholic Press Association awards at the 2013 Catholic Media Conference in Denver, CO. Authors Angelique Ruhi-López and Carmen Santamaría won first place for the First ... Read More

June 19, 2013

Lisa Hendey Chosen as 2013 Egan Journalism Fellow

DENVER, June 19, 2013Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced the recipients of the first annual Egan Journalism Fellowship, which recognizes journalists who have demonstrated excellence in their reporting for Catholic media in the United States. The announcement came on the first day of the 2013 Catholic Media Conference, the premier national gathering of Catholic journalists.

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June 16, 2013

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle to Appear on EWTN Bookmark

Tune in to EWTN starting Sunday, June 16th, 2013, to see author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle discuss her latest books with EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck. The program will air several times during the week of June 16th and will be viewable online after the first show has aired.


June 16, 2013, Sunday
9:30 AM & 11:30 PM EST

June 17, 2013, Monday
5:00 AM EST

June 19, 2013, Wednesday
5:30 PM EST

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May 20, 2013

Kubicki and Haw Honored with 2013 ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards

Ave Maria Press is delighted to announce that two books—A Heart on Fire by James Kubicki, S.J., and From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart by Chris Haw—have won third-place ACP Excellence in Publishing awards in the categories of Prayer & ... Read More

May 6, 2013

Ave Maria Press to Launch Catholic Baby Name Contest

On Monday, May 6, Ave Maria Press will launch the Catholic Baby Name of the Day Contest on its Facebook page.

Follow along Monday through Thursday for the next two weeks. Each day, we will post two names—one girl's name and one boy's name—from The Catholic Baby Name Book. If your name is posted, or you know someone with that name, leave a comment under the post and/or tag your friend with the name on Facebook. You AND your tagged friend will be entered to win a book from our spring 2013 releases.

Winners will be notified Friday, May 24th.

Winners will be notified Friday, May 24th.

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April 25, 2013

Paintner Helps Readers See the Sacred with Eyes of the Heart Blog Tour

Christine Valters Paintner, online Abbess for virtual monastery Abbey of the Arts, is on a blog tour to celebrate the release of her newest book, Eyes of the Heart. Building on her book The Artist’s Rule, Paintner brings spiritual direction together with the creative arts in this exploration of photography as Christian contemplative practice—the combination of photography and prayer to cultivate sacred seeing or, as Paintner calls it, “seeing with the eyes of the heart.”

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April 18, 2013

Marge Fenelon to Begin Blog Tour April 22

Marge Fenelon, award-winning Catholic journalist and Catholic Herald columnist, will be embarking on a blog tour as part of her book launch celebration. Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom delves into ten moments of Mary's life that reveal her as the timeless companion for mothers. Fenelon introduces readers to a Mary who faced challenges familiar to every mother—impatience, frustration, sacrifice, and grief—and demonstrates how, in the face of these ordinary obstacles, Mary’s response was an extraordinary example through the virtues of patience, joy, trust, and faith.

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April 16, 2013

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Wins Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award

The National Catholic Educational Association has announced that Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, author of several books, including Why Priests are Happy and The Joy of Priesthood, was awarded the 2013 Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award at the 2013 National Catholic Education Association Conference in Houston, Texas. The award is given for outstanding service on behalf of priestly formation in the United States and Canada.

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April 12, 2013

Pat Gohn Leads “Ten Bodacious Basics: Ten Minutes at a Time”

Follow along on this ten-day audio tour through Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious—podcast-style!—with excerpts read by author Pat Gohn. Listen each day for a new insight or reflection about the blessed dignity, the beautiful gifts, or the bodacious mission of women. Each day, Gohn will post a new question about the day’s theme. Comments at the blog become your entry for a chance to win a copy of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.

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April 5, 2013

Books by Poust, Haw, and Kubicki Selected as Association of Catholic Publishers Award Finalists

The Association of Catholic Publishers has announced the finalists for the annual Excellence in Publishing Awards and three Ave Maria Press books have been selected for this honor. Cravings by Mary DeTurris Poust is a finalist in the Inspirational category, From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart by Chris Haw in Biography, and A Heart on Fire by James Kubicki, S.J. in Prayer and Spirituality.

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April 4, 2013

Three to Be Ordained Holy Cross Priests

NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Three Deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, will be ordained to the priesthood 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Provincial Superior, the Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., will present the Rev. Mr. Brian C. Ching, C.S.C., the Rev. Mr. Mark F. DeMott, C.S.C., and the Rev. Mr. Jarrod M. Waugh, C.S.C., for ordination. The Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria, Ill., will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

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February 20, 2013

Ave Maria Press and Team Up to Provide Spiritual Support for Pregnant Women and Ave Maria Press are partnering in A Project, a Lenten effort to provide spiritual support to expectant mothers. The goal of the project is to send 50 copies of A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy—a week-by-week spiritual companion for pregnant women—to 20 pregnancy centers around the United States. For each $10 donation made, one book will be sent to a pregnancy center (see list here online) and donations will be used solely toward the cost of the book and shipping.

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January 3, 2013

Pray, Love, Then Eat. And Win a Williams-Sonoma Gift Card

On January 5th, 2013, Mary DeTurris Poust, author and seasoned Catholic journalist, will begin a tour of popular blogs as part of the launch of her newest book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God. Poust’s fans and ... Read More

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