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American-UK Alliance Backs Work of New Vatican Evangelization Office | May 3, 2010 | Ignatius Insight
SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2010 - Anticipating the announcement of a new Vatican office to promote the New Evangelization, Ignatius Press and the
UK's Catholic Truth Society (CTS) have launched a program to make the Catholic faith more widely-known throughout North America. This new joint
international apostolate will conveniently and cost-effectively provide CTS's popular booklets to parishes and other
Some People Know Less Than They Think They Do
catechesis are two key elements of the Church's mission today, according to many observers, but the Church faces a
number of obstacles to carrying out her mission. Many people do not understand Christianity but they think they
do. Some think Catholicism has been discredited by recent scandals. Ignatius Press and CTS are helping parishes,
other Catholic groups, and individual Catholics counter mistaken ideas about the Catholic Church by using CTS's
highly-readable, cost-effective booklets, which cover Catholic doctrine, morality, prayer, and various hot topics of
Ironically, it was Protestant tract societies in the U.S. that inspired CTS in England over
140 years ago to launch its publishing program. Yet, until now, CTS has
had little presence in the U.S. and Canada. Ignatius Press, the primary English-language publisher of Pope
Benedict XVI's works, is employing its vast distribution system and marketing network to promote and to distribute CTS
booklets far and wide. The new program will initially focus on parish-based distribution, adding Catholic
bookstores and other Catholic organizations in due course.
Ultimately, Ignatius Press-CTS envision a vast collaboration with diocesan and parish
leadership lay evangelization teams, Catholic bookstores, other apostolates, and Catholics in the pews, all distributing
Catholic booklets to practicing Catholics, inactive Catholics, and non-Catholics.
"These booklets are truly
outstanding," says Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio, editor and founder of Ignatius Press. "They are concise, clear,
readable, and rooted in Catholic teaching and tradition. They will be a source of spiritual growth and
understanding of the faith for all who read them. Plus, many of the booklets are superb for giving to
non-Catholics and former Catholics."
"As someone who passes out tracts, has done street-corner evangelization
and apologetics, and routinely explains the Catholic faith to both hostile and sympathetic audiences, I'm excited that
Ignatius Press is working with CTS to distribute their superb booklets," says Mark Brumley, President of Ignatius
Press. "These booklets are extremely effective apologetics and evangelization tools. I use them to
evangelize--it's easy. They're great pass-along items."
Forty popular titles make up the initial set of CTS booklets offered by
the program. Two starter sets of titles are available--a 12-Title Set and a 24-Title Set, with five booklets per
title in each set.
Along with a selection of CTS booklets tailored
for the American and Canadian audiences, Ignatius Press provides attractive, inexpensive display racks--a desk-top/or
wall-mount small display (holds 12 titles), a floor-standing large display (holds 24 titles), and a wall-mount large
display (holds 24 titles).
Those who purchase any display rack get a 50% discount on their accompanying
order of CTS booklets. Otherwise, parishes purchase booklets at a 25% discount. Booklets are made available
in the back of churches and elsewhere for donation, or resale.
The program also includes the option of providing
a selection of Ignatius Press' inexpensive but full-length books on spiritual and apologetical themes.
sets of 12 or 24 titles, individual title packets, Ignatius Press special books, and IP-CTS display racks can be
obtained through an online store: www.ignatius-cts.com.
These items are also available by calling toll-free: 1-888-615-3186.
"The Vatican sees the need for
special efforts to evangelize, which is why it's establishing a new office to promote
evangelization in the universal Church. CTS and Ignatius Press are doing our part to help parishes bring this
effort to the Catholic in the pew and the man on the street," says Mark Brumley. "CTS's extraordinary booklets can
become an important element to the New Evangelization in North America."
What Some Others Are Saying
About CTS's Program
"The booklets are very easy to read and beautifully laid out. The Lives of the
Saints and the devotional books are particularly popular in my parish. The racks work very well as they are
unobtrusive, taking up very
little space, yet displaying the publications very well." - Father Richard Plunkett,
Saints John Fischer and Thomas More Church, London
"I strongly recommend endorse the work of CTS for every
parish. It is simply in a class of its own." - Father Paul Dobson, St. Timothy's Parish,
To request an interview with Father Joseph Fessio or Mark Brumley of Ignatius Press,
or Fergal Martin of Catholic Truth Society, regarding this new Ignatius Press-CTS evangelization program,
please contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239)867-4180 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Browse the booklets available from Ignatius Press and the Catholic Truth Society
Read a message from Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. about this joint
apostolate of Ignatius Press and the Catholic Truth Society
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