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The mission of is to give faithful Catholics the information, encouragement, and perspective they need to become an active force for renewal in the Church and in society, working to shape an authentically Christian culture in a secular world. The primary means of effecting our mission is the distribution of news, commentary, spiritual resources, and practical suggestions, in conformity with the mind of the Church. This information helps readers cope with the full range of spiritual, moral, political, social, cultural, and ecclesiastical challenges with which sincere Catholics must daily contend in every aspect of their lives—including the family, the inner life of the Church, education, the workplace, public policy, and the interplay between faith and culture.

The publishing division is responsible for six periodicals, which include: Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Take Out: Family Faith on the Go, The Catholic Answer, The Priest, My Daily Visitor, and Grace In Action. In addition to the periodicals, Our Sunday Visitor publishes and markets over 500 products including books, tapes, software, and education material. As a not-for-profit company, Our Sunday Visitor serves the Church not only with its products and services, but also by returning all of its net earnings to the Catholic community.  Through the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, we fund Catholic projects throughout the United States, particularly those that seek to address religious illiteracy, contribute to the evangelization of the culture, link faith and morality, especially to young people, and explain and promote the dignity of the human person.

This website took its place on the Internet in June 1996. On this site you will find reliable information on the
Catholic and Christian faith. is the home of the online editions of St Anthony Messenger, Catholic Update and other Catholic features. It is a service of Franciscan Media (formerly known as St. Anthony Messenger Press).

Franciscan Media seeks to spread the Word that is Jesus Christ in the style of Saints Francis, Clare and Anthony. Through print and electronic media marketed in North America and worldwide, they endeavor to evangelize, inspire and inform those who search for God and seek a richer Catholic, Christian, human life.
Their blog is an opportunity to engage in conversation on a more personal level.

The Faith + Reason website is a new online initiative from Franciscan University of Steubenville that makes great Catholic presentations given at the university available to the public.


Today the great gift of God’s Creation is exposed to serious dangers and lifestyles which can degrade it.
Environmental pollution is making particularly unsustainable the lives of the poor of the world…Before it is too late, it is necessary to make courageous decisions...we must pledge ourselves to take care of creation and to share its resources in solidarity. ~ Pope Benedict XVI  "As faithful Catholics, we have a moral obligation to care for both creation and the poor."