In a celebration in St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco this past November, the founders, staff, and several authors recalled the many books and initiatives that have poured forth from that dynamic and innovative source of insight and wisdom known as Ignatius Press. Since its founding in 1978, the Press has published some 39 million books. Today it is also into movies, home and online schooling, periodicals, liturgical music, novels, and a number of web sites, including Catholic World Report.
The founder and director of the Press, Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., is a man of vision, good sense, and intellectual insight. Fr. Fessio is a man of many, many parts. Rumor has it that he was a hippie of sorts in his college days at Santa Clara. He studied under Joseph Ratzinger in Germany; he knew Henri de Lubac, S.J., in France. In recent decades, he also doubles as a gentleman farmer, following a way of life not unlike that described by Cicero in his famous essay “On Old Age.” Thus, he grows grapes, makes his own wine, plants vegetables, and is known to have shot a wild critter or two up in Sonoma County. Along the way, he founded the St. Ignatius Institute, sponsored a seminary in Rome, an orphanage in Mexico, and even worked some housing experiments for the poor. Against many odds, he has managed to fashion a first-class press that publishes a wide range of books on all things Catholic—intelligently Catholic. He has even designed and directed the construction of a new Ignatius Press distribution center in Illinois.
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