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Spring 2019


MAY Our Lady of Charity

How a Cuban Devotion to Mary Helped Me Grow in Faith and Love MARIA MORERA JOHNSON

Bestselling and award-winning author Maria Morera Johnson shares her childhood recollections of the devotion to the patroness of her native country and stories of how Our Lady of Charity helped her deepen her faith and led her to Jesus after she moved to the United States. With her characteristic warmth and wit, Johnson invites you to know Mary in a new way and to allow devotion to the Blessed Mother to help you open your heart to others and grow in faith and love. The origin of the devotion to Our Lady of Charity in Cuba comes from a seventeenth-century story of three men who were tossed about at sea during a violent storm. They prayed to Mary for her protection and the storm suddenly disappeared. They found a statue of the Blessed Mother holding Jesus and a gold cross floating in the water. The statue included the inscription: “I am the Virgin of Charity.” The statue was completely dry floating in the water. Our Lady of Charity is not a Church-approved apparition; nevertheless, several popes—including St. John Paul II and Pope Francis, who celebrated Mass at her shrine during his visit to Cuba in 2015—have supported devotion to Mary under this title. Johnson weaves the story of the devotion with Cuba’s history, memories of her homeland, and tales of her journey back to Cuba during Pope Francis’s 2015 Apostolic Visit. Throughout Our Lady of Charity, Johnson shares her devotion to Mary and passion for her Catholic faith. This evocative spiritual memoir is part history and part memory, part modern-day travelogue and part meditation on the role faith, family, and devotion have on how we live and love.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Maria Morera Johnson’s first two books with Ave Maria Press have sold more than 16,000 copies combined.

“¡Excelente! Insightfully sincere and disarmingly tender.” —María Ruiz Scaperlanda

Catholic author, blogger, and journalist

978-1-59471-901-1 • 160 pages • $15.95 On-Sale Date: May 10, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5" x 8.5" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Spiritual Growth Imprint: Ave Maria Press MARIA MORERA JOHNSON is the author of the award-winning books Super Girls and Halos and My Badass Book of Saints. Johnson is a native of Cuba. She and her husband, John, have three grown children and live in the Mobile, Alabama, area.

AUTHOR’S OTHER TITLES My Badass Book of Saints ISBN: 978-1-59471-632-4, $14.95 Super Girls and Halos ISBN: 978-1-59471-755-0, $15.95



“If you have ever had your faith shaken by suffering, struggled with forgiveness, or longed for the peace of Christ to rule your heart, this book is for you!” —Kelly M. Wahlquist

Founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization

MARCH Forgiveness Makes You Free

A Dramatic Story of Healing and Reconciliation from the Heart of Rwanda FR. UBALD RUGIRANGOGA WITH HEIDI HESS SAXTON

Foreword by Immaculée Ilibagiza In Forgiveness Makes You Free, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga tells the courageous story of how he survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which he lost eighty of his family members and 45,000 of his parishioners. In the aftermath, Fr. Ubald experienced a renewed sense of purpose as a minister of reconciliation and a healing evangelist in his homeland and around the world. In this book, he offers five spiritual principles that can help those traumatized by the past to experience healing and peace in Christ. In 1994 the world looked on in horror as Rwanda erupted in violent bloodshed. Militant Hutus rose up to exterminate the Tutsi population, including women and young children. One hundred days later, a million people were dead. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, a powerful testimony emerges of the power of God to bring peace and reconciliation into hearts full of fear and hate. In Forgiveness Makes You Free, Fr. Ubald testifies about how God spared his life so that he might help others with deep physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds to experience peace and healing. Fr. Ubald teaches about five spiritual keys that draw us to Christ: • be thankful and have faith • choose to forgive • denounce evil • decide to live for Jesus • claim the blessing Each chapter combines Fr. Ubald’s story with reflection questions that guide readers along their own path of healing: from fear to faith, from shame to freedom, from isolation to reconciliation, from resentment to mercy, and from conflict to peace.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: •F  r. Ubald Rugirangoga frequently preaches and ministers to thousands of people at parishes and conferences across the United States and around the world.

“Fr. Ubald’s emotional and courageous story of forgiveness spoke to my heart. His painful yet joyful journey of mercy has borne fruit, annunciating how the healing power of forgiveness can set you free and turn enemies into brothers and sisters in Christ.” —Christina Lynch

Director of Psychological Services St. John Vianney Theological Seminary

“Fr. Ubald lives and proclaims a message of freedom and healing that is greatly needed in the Church today. The whole world has heard of the genocide in Rwanda; now it is time for the world to hear the story of redemption happening there. This is a hopeful and inspiring message.” —Neal Lozano

Founder of Heart of the Father Ministries 978-1-59471-871-7 • 192 pages • $16.95 On-Sale Date: March 8, 2019 Foreign Rights: World (Excluding Kinyarwanda) 5.5" x 8.5" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Healing Imprint: Ave Maria Press FR. UBALD RUGIRANGOGA has been a Catholic priest in the Cyangugu diocese of southeastern Rwanda since 1984. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, he lost more than eighty members of his family—including his mother—and more than 45,000 parishioners. HEIDI HESS SAXTON is an award-winning Catholic author and acquisitions editor for Ave Maria Press. IMMACULÉE ILIBAGIZA is an international speaker, Rwandan genocide survivor, and author whose 2006 memoir Left to Tell was a New York Times bestseller.

• Fr. Ubald’s story is the subject of an award-winning documentary, Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace (2017), which was shown nationwide on ABC.



APRIL Chasing Humility

8 Ways to Shape a Christian Heart JOEL STEPANEK

Joel Stepanek grew up believing that humility required shunning success, never accepting praise, and embracing a crummy life so that God would reward him in heaven. Then he became successful—at being a missionary. On a quest to find balance, Stepanek discovered powerful wisdom hidden within a nineteenth-century prayer that radically changed his life: the Litany of Humility. He shows you what he has learned about true Christian humility and how to right-size your expectations for living this crucial virtue. As Stepanek, director of resource development at Life Teen, began to study and pray with the Litany of Humility, he discovered a pattern for spiritual growth that now anchors the way he lives. In Chasing Humility, he helps you explore eight essential aspects of humility in the life of a Christian: authenticity, confidence, gratitude, love, praise, empowerment, mentoring, and breaking barriers. In addition to humorous and engaging stories and theological reflections, each chapter gives you practical exercises for spiritual growth such as: • creating an authenticity diagram to explore how you see yourself, how you think God sees you, and how you believe others do; • learning to keep a gratitude journal; and 978-1-59471-895-3 • 160 pages • $15.95 On-Sale Date: April 5, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5" x 8.5" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Spiritual Growth Imprint: Ave Maria Press JOEL STEPANEK is director of resource development at Life Teen. He is also a ministry team member and keynote speaker for the Steubenville Youth Conferences. Stepanek and his wife, Colleen, live in Gilbert, Arizona, with their children.

• developing habits of speech that acknowledge and praise others for successes, rather than remaining focused on your own accomplishments. This book will not only help you to understand and embrace the importance of humility, but teach you to love the virtue as well.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Joel Stepanek speaks to tens of thousands of people every year through Life Teen, to which 1,800 parishes are connected through its programs. • Stepanek has been offering leadership seminars, as well as retreats to students in college campus ministry settings, based on the content of the book.

“This book was like a punch to the gut—a much-needed, very welcome, life-changing gut punch. It is bold, honest, and raw.” —Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady

Authors of Lent and hosts of The Electric Waffle


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JANUARY Give Up Worry for Lent!

40 Days to Finding Peace in Christ GARY ZIMAK

Catholic author and self-described “recovering worrier” Gary Zimak combines practical spirituality, daily scripture readings, and simple action steps to help you kick the worry habit as part of your Lenten renewal. He shows you how to let go of the anxiety-producing areas of life in order to find the lasting peace that comes from trusting God. During the season of Lent, Catholics and other Christians frequently give up something they enjoy as a measure of penance or self-discipline—and often fall back into old habits at the first “Alleluia!” In Give Up Worry for Lent!, Zimak offers fellow worriers practical, scripture-centered advice on how to relinquish the need to control the uncontrollable—not just for Lent but for good—and how to find peace in Christ. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Zimak guides you to ponder a scripture passage and to apply it to your own life by following four simple steps: • read • reflect • respond • pray As you continue to meditate on scripture and practice the simple action steps at the end of each reflection, you will find it easier to replace old worries with new messages of hope and to change your life forever.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Gary Zimak is the author of several successful books on fighting worry and anxiety. This is the only one specifically for a Lenten practice.

“If you need a spiritual faith lift, pick up a copy of this little book and read it, pray with it, and share it. It will change the way you approach Easter—and might just even change your life.”

978-1-59471-881-6 • 160 pages • $13.95 On-Sale Date: January 25, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5" x 7" • Paperback Category: Lent Imprint: Ave Maria Press GARY ZIMAK is a Catholic author and speaker who also serves as director of parish services at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church in North Wales, Pennsylvania. He also is the host of the morning show on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia. He lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

—Deacon Greg Kandra

Patheos blogger and multimedia editor at the Catholic Near East Welfare Association



“Fr. Rob Galea the kind of witness to God’s healing love that our world needs.” —Allyson Kenny Salt + Light Media

JANUARY Breakthrough: The Companion Journal ROB GALEA “What kind of relationship do you desire to have with Jesus?” “What gifts has God given you that you can use to glorify him?” In Breakthrough: The Companion Journal, Fr. Rob Galea’s reflections on faith and the lessons he learned and shared in the bestselling Breakthrough are highlighted and paired with questions such as these to assist you in applying these lessons to your own faith. The journal takes you chapter by chapter through Breakthrough, guiding you as you consider your faith, your relationship with God and others, your past, and your future. Breakthrough shares Fr. Rob Galea’s journey from desperation to hope—from a lonely and angry teenager to a passionate priest—while Breakthrough: The Companion Journal invites you to consider your own life and faith in light of the experiences Galea shares and the lessons he learned from his troubled past. This full-color, visually appealing journal also includes inspirational quotes from the book to contemplate as you write and full-page quotes that you can pull out of the book and post as a daily reminder. Whether you are reading Galea’s book for the first time or the fifth, Breakthrough: The Companion Journal will help you more deeply understand his journey to hope and apply its lessons to your own life.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Galea has a passionate and strong following on social media, including YouTube, Instagram, and his ministry website, frgministry.com.



A Journey from Desperation to Hope In Breakthrough, Galea shares his journey from scared teenager to passionate priest and invites you to learn more about the Catholic faith so you, too, can find hope in Christ. ISBN: 978-1-59471-837-3, $15.95

“Contemporary culture compels approaches to evangelization that are new in ardor, method, and expression. Fr. Rob Galea’s efforts to reach young people with the saving power of the Gospel exemplify all three.” —Most Rev. Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

“Fr. Rob Galea is a rock star when it comes to Catholic young people. This journal is so simple, to-the-point, and well-designed that it truly does facilitate a deeper relationship with God—quite a welcome breakthrough.” —Fr. Dave Dwyer

Executive director of Busted Halo Ministries

T r u s t

Types of Love Agape

This is unconditional love. There is no greater love than this, and the greatest expression of this love is to die for someone (see John 15:13) as Jesus did for you and me.


This is the love of a mate, brother, or sister. It’s a deep friendship. Not nearly as perfect as agape, but love nonetheless.

When you think of God, what kind of love do you think of? What kind of love does he give you? What kind of love do you give him in response?

“I can do this through him who Write to Jesus asking him to lead you and help you trust him no matter where he leads.

“Jesus does not wait for you to be perfect and without sin to serve him.” (Breakthrough, p. 181)

gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13)

978-1-59471-744-4 • 96 pages • $10.95 On-Sale Date: January 25, 2019 Foreign Rights: World English

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Fr. Rob Galea is a Catholic speaker, recording artist, songwriter, and priest of the Sandhurst Diocese in Victoria, Australia. He is the author of Breakthrough. Originally from Malta, he travels the world speaking to youth and young adults at schools, parishes, concerts, and conferences such as the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and the National Catholic Youth Conference. He ministers to more than 200,000 young people annually and has an international presence through weekly posts to his popular YouTube channel. He appeared as a contestant on Australia’s version of X Factor in 2015 and sang the English versions of the official 2008, 2016, and 2019 World Youth Day songs.



APRIL My Queen, My Mother A Living Novena

MARGE STEINHAGE FENELON In My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena, awardwinning author Marge Steinhage Fenelon brings you along on a pilgrimage to nine Marian shrines across the United States. Each day of this spiritual journey helps you encounter God and a deeper relationship with the Blessed Mother. “My Queen, My Mother, I give myself entirely to you.” The opening line to the Little Consecration sets the framework of this unique, nine-day pilgrimage, which culminates in a consecration to Mary. This living novena is similar in style and structure to the pilgrimage Fenelon developed in the bestselling and awardwinning Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. For My Queen, My Mother, Fenelon chose sacred destinations that reflect the Catholic heritage of the United States.

978-1-59471-815-1 • 160 pages • $14.95 On-Sale Date: April 5, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5" x 7" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press MARGE STEINHAGE FENELON is an awardwinning Catholic journalist, popular speaker, and the bestselling author of several books, including Imitating Mary and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. Fenelon and her husband, Mark, live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

AUTHOR’S OTHER TITLES Our Lady, Undoer of Knots ISBN: 978-1-59471-630-0, $14.95 Imitating Mary ISBN: 978-1-59471-364-4, $15.95


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The nine Marian sites Fenelon visits are: • Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, St. Augustine, Florida; • National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, New Orleans, Louisiana; • St. Mary’s Mission and Museum, Stevensville, Montana; • Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Starkenburg, Missouri; • Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio; • The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, Wisconsin; • Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, Auriesville, New York; • House of Mary Shrine, Yankton, South Dakota; and • Our Lady of Peace Shrine, Santa Clara, California. Each day you’ll learn about a different shrine to Mary: its history, charism, and graces. Fenelon will also guide you to visit a new “place” in your heart, to understand more about yourself and how to open your heart more fully to Mary.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Marge Fenelon’s first two books with Ave Maria Press have sold more than 20,000 copies combined.

“This beautifully written book shows how Marian shrines are special places of encounter with our merciful Mother, who leads us toward her divine Son, Jesus.” —Robert Fastiggi

Former president of the Mariological Society of America

FEBRUARY Three Rules for Living a Good Life A Game Plan for after Graduation LOU HOLTZ

Legendary former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz shared three easy to remember and impossible to forget rules for life during a commencement address at Franciscan University Steubenville. 1. Do what is right. 2. Do everything to the best of your ability. 3. Show people you care. Now expanded into book form, Three Rules for Living a Good Life: A Game Plan for after Graduation offers a quick, sometimes humorous, and always practical formula for recent college graduates and other young adults to reach success in their business, personal, and spiritual lives. A great gift book for a young adult looking for a quick read, it offers encouragement and concrete advice for transitioning to the workforce and to deeper, more committed relationships. Punctuated with examples for keeping and living the rules each day from his years of working with teams, in business, and with his family, Holtz’s book keeps the discussion light, humorous, and real. Holtz’s commencement message is one he often shares with business leaders. He points to the foundation of his Christian faith and the necessity for young adults who have been raised in the faith to take stock of themselves at this crossroads of their life. Holtz annually gives hundreds of presentations on topics having to do with leadership, success, and achieving peak results. In Three Rules for Living a Good Life, this iconic Notre Dame football coach and television and radio analyst sums up his essential graduation message in a way that college grads will find useful as they take their place in the “real world.”

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • The book is an appropriate graduation gift—intended by its content for college graduation but also possible as a high school graduation gift. • With Notre Dame references and photos, the book will be attractive to Fighting Irish fans who will continue to revere Lou Holtz as the last coach to win a national championship at Notre Dame.

“I love Lou’s theory for winning in the game of life. A great read. Truly AWESOME BABY with a CAPITAL A!”

978-1-59471-906-6 • 96 pages • $16.95 On-Sale Date: February 22, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5" x 7" • Hardcover Category: Catholicism / Inspiration Imprint: Ave Maria Press LOU HOLTZ served as the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1985 to 1996. He is a popular motivational speaker and the author of several books, including the New York Times bestselling The Fighting Spirit. Holtz and his wife, Beth, have four grown children. They live in Orlando, Florida.


A Teen’s Game Plan for Life ISBN: 978-1-933495-09-5, $11.95

—Dick Vitale

ESPN college basketball analyst



“Holy Hacks presents a plethora of simple ways for average Catholics to live their faith fully.” —Rev. Matthew Schneider, L.C. Catholic blogger, author, and Twitter guru


Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get to Heaven PATTI MAGUIRE ARMSTRONG

Do you wish there was a more practical way to live your faith in the midst of a busy life? Bestselling author and National Catholic Register columnist Patti Maguire Armstrong created what she calls “holy hacks” to help. This fun and fast-paced resource is full of concrete tips for living the faith right where you are. With about two-hundred simple and creative ways to grow in holiness, you can find something to help you engage your faith and grow in Christ every day. The idea for Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get to Heaven came from three popular columns Armstrong wrote in the National Catholic Register. The book provides fun and simple tips that make holiness attainable by everyday Catholics in everyday ways: • Humility—Do good deeds in secret. • Relationships—Consider how much you want God to bless you, and pray for that same blessing on the people you find difficult or who have hurt you.

“This little book is a good read for anyone seeking to live better our beautiful Catholic faith. It is equally good for personal use or in a Catholic prayer or study group setting. Holy Hacks will definitely challenge you.” —Most Rev. David D. Kagan Bishop of Bismarck

“I am happy to be encouraged into sainthood knowing I don’t need a heroic effort, but can get there by incorporating Patti’s hacks into my everyday life. The combination of my love of to-do lists and Patti’s excellent suggestions to grow in holiness has made this book an instant favorite.” —Allison Gingras

Author of Reconciled to You

• Gossip—Nurture good habits to prevent gossip by appreciating family, friends, and people who serve you. • Prayer—Spend time thinking of all the ways Jesus has shown his love to you. Practitioners of Holy Hacks will discover that holiness is less about doing big things than about making use of countless simple ways for us to love God and our neighbors. The book also includes hacks from notable and high-profile Catholic writers and speakers, including Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC; Fr. Mitch Pacwa; and Kathryn Jean Lopez.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Holy Hacks originated with three columns in the National Catholic Register in late 2017 and early 2018. The columns elicited many positive reader responses and drew considerable attention. • Armstrong has appeared on ETWN, CatholicTV, Fox & Friends, and numerous Catholic radio programs across the country.

978-1-59471-887-8 • 192 pages • $14.95 On-Sale Date: February 8, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5" x 7" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Christian Living Imprint: Ave Maria Press PATTI MAGUIRE ARMSTRONG is a Catholic journalist and award-winning and bestselling author who is a correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor and the National Catholic Register and a contributing writer for Legatus. She and her husband Mark live in North Dakota where they are raising the youngest of their ten children.



MAY Be Brave in the Scared

How I Learned to Trust God during the Most Difficult Days of My Life MARY E. LENABURG

In Be Brave in the Scared, Catholic writer Mary Lenaburg shares how the overwhelming demands of caring for her severely disabled daughter ultimately taught her—and can teach you—that trusting in God and accepting his will can lead to profound joy, no matter what challenges you face. Be Brave in the Scared is an uplifting account of human frailty (and stubbornness) surrendered to faith. Lenaburg tells the heart-rending story of how caring for her severely disabled daughter affected her self-image, marriage, family life, and faith. Although she initially struggled to accept God’s will and her own limitations, Lenaburg ultimately learned how to trust God. She found in that trust inexplicable joy, even during the most difficult days of her life. She writes boldly and authentically about challenges we all encounter, such as trials with control, blame, exhaustion, fear, and acceptance. Each chapter concludes with an invitation to write and a place for readers to express their thoughts and feelings. Lenaburg’s extraordinary story affirms that God’s redeeming love never fails and that he is there to help us through all of the challenges we encounter.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: 978-1-59471-883-0 • 160 pages • $15.95 On-Sale Date: May 10, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5” x 8.5” • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Christian Living Imprint: Ave Maria Press MARY LENABURG is a full-time author and Catholic speaker who has given keynotes at conferences across the country. A writer with the website Take Up & Read, her work has appeared in five meditation books. She and her husband, Jerry, live in Fairfax, Virginia, with their son, Jonathan. Their daughter, Courtney, passed away in 2014.


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• Mary Lenaburg has spoken at a variety of conferences throughout the country, including a Blessed Is She retreat and a keynote address at The Edel Gathering. She writes for the website Take Up and Read.

“Everyone should read this book. Through her beautifully conveyed stories, she reminds us that pain will always be a part of living but that love always wins.” —Jennifer Fulwiler

SiriusXM radio host and author of Something Other Than God

MARCH All for Her

The Autobiography of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

New Foreword by Willy Raymond, C.S.C. Foreword by Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Introduction by James Chichetto, C.S.C. On December 18, 2017, Pope Francis declared that Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., lived a life of heroic virtue and gave him the title “venerable,” making another step closer to sainthood for the “Rosary Priest.” This new edition of Peyton’s biography tells the story of his life and dedication to the Blessed Mother as he discerned his vocation, overcame the obstacles of advanced tuberculosis and lack of education, and became a priest who eventually preached to more than 28 million people worldwide. This new edition of Peyton’s autobiography—originally published in 1967 and reissued in a revised edition in 1997— includes black-and-white photos and a new foreword by Holy Cross Family Ministries president Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C. Peyton—probably best known for the inspirational phrases “the family that prays together stays together” and “a world at prayer is a world at peace”—encouraged family prayer and devotion to the Rosary throughout his ministry. In All for Her Peyton describes his travels to America, hoping to become a millionaire and instead finding work as a janitor in the Scranton cathedral, where he realized the call to the priesthood. In 1929, Peyton entered the seminary, but after years of study and training he was diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis. He prayed to the Virgin Mary and his health quickly began to improve. In gratitude he committed his vocation to promote devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Rosary. Peyton embraced the new media as a means to reach people across the globe, and developed radio and television programs that spread a message of prayer and family unity. He founded Family Theater Productions in 1947. Performers in his productions included such stars of Hollywood’s golden age as Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, and Lucille Ball.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Family Theater Productions is producing an hour-long documentary on Peyton’s life and work that is planned for release in 2019.

“His was the captivating presence of a man in love with God, a priest who knew Mary as a loving mother to humanity.”

978-1-59471-885-4 • 384 pages • $20.00 On-Sale Date: March 22, 2019 Foreign Rights: World English • 5.5” x 8.5” • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Biography Imprint: Ave Maria Press FATHER PATRICK PEYTON, C.S.C. (1909– 1992), “The Rosary Priest,” was an Irish-born priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross who founded Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions, both of which continue today as part of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He was declared venerable by Pope Francis in 2017. REV. WILLY RAYMOND, C.S.C., is president of Holy Cross Family Ministries. REV. THEODORE HESBURGH, C.S.C. (1917–2015), was president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. REV. JAMES W. CHICHETTO, C.S.C., is associate professor of communications at Stonehill College.

—Sr. Margaret Kerry, F.S.P.

Author, speaker, and contributor to CatholicMom.com



APRIL The 5 Habits of Prayerful People

A No-Excuses Guide to Strengthening Your Relationship with God MICHAEL ST. PIERRE Foreword by Chris Lowney

What if prayer could become one of the most rewarding and meaningful aspects of your whole life? What if you could use the skills productive people use to help you pray? Michael St. Pierre, executive director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and a productivity expert, shares five habits that you can use to help you gain confidence in your prayer and strengthen your relationship with God. Catholics are taught that prayer is necessary to live their faith, but many sincere Mass-goers find it almost impossible to pray consistently. They know that prayer is at the core of a relationship with God, but many still don’t have a clue about how to go about integrating prayer into their everyday lives. St. Pierre began his own journey to prayer as a young adult, stumbling through the Rosary with uncertainty and frustration. Only when he decided to show up and do his best did he begin to build a consistent habit of prayer. After he started studying human productivity, he realized that some of the same principles could apply to the spiritual life. In his first book, The 5 Habits of Prayerful People, St. Pierre shares his unique and practical approach that will teach you how make prayer part of your everyday life. 978-1-59471-879-3 • 160 pages • $15.95 On-Sale Date: April 5, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5” x 8.5” • Paperback Category: Prayer Imprint: Ave Maria Press MICHAEL ST. PIERRE is executive director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. He has more than twenty years of experience in parishes and schools and with nonprofit organizations as a teacher, campus minister, department chairman, youth minister, dean of students, and president. St. Pierre and his wife, Cary, live with their children in New Jersey. CHRIS LOWNEY is an author, speaker, leadership consultant, and chairman of the board of Catholic Health Initiatives.

You will learn how to cultivate the habits of: • passion and pursuit • presence • preparation and planning • persistence and perseverance • pondering Written in the tone and style of a popular business book, St. Pierre shares inspirational success and instructional failure as he helps readers to stop procrastinating and unlock the doors to a fruitful conversation with God.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • St. Pierre is planning downloadable worksheets for readers to use in conjunction with the book.

“Mike’s spot-on insights into practical engagement of Christ in prayer is clear, well written, and respectful of the awesome prayer tradition of our Church.” —Rev. Michael T. Martin, O.F.M. Conv. Director of Catholic campus ministry at Duke University


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FEBRUARY Girl, Arise!

A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World CLAIRE SWINARSKI

Is it possible to be both a Catholic and a feminist? Claire Swinarski, writer and creator of The Catholic Feminist podcast, believes it is. In Girl, Arise!, she reconciles the two identities by demonstrating the strength and abilities women have to share with the Body of Christ, the importance of women throughout the history of the faith, and how the love you experience through Christ and the Church can change you and the world around you. In Girl, Arise!: A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World, Swinarski points out that while both “feminism” and “Catholicism” can mean different things to different people, both feminists and Catholics desire to make the world a better, fairer place. And she shows that by treating women with dignity equal to that of men—by calling them his friends and teaching them—Jesus acted as a feminist as well. With humor and sass, Swinarski addresses her frustration with the traditional concerns churches ascribe to women, as shown by the many talks directed at women focused on marriage and modesty rather than social justice. But she pinpoints the areas where modern feminism goes too far, arguing against abortion and exploring what it means to serve others rather than focus on our own needs first. Swinarski also tells the stories of holy women—including Vashti in the book of Esther, Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux and Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene, and the Blessed Virgin Mary— to show how their faith influenced their actions, even when those actions went against traditional norms and roles of women.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Claire Swinarski has written for magazines including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and America.

“If your feminine heart needs a jumpstart—or a shock treatment— Girl, Arise! will read as refining, often humorous, medicine.”

978-1-59471-893-9 • 128 pages • $14.95 On-Sale Date: February 22, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5” x 8.5” • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Women’s Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press

CLAIRE SWINARSKI is a writer who founded and hosts The Catholic Feminist podcast. She served as a FOCUS missionary from 2013 to 2015. Swinarski and her husband, Krzysztof, live with their family in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

—Liz Kelly

Author of Jesus Approaches



“Superb. Concise, readable, and substantive. Amazing.” —Tom Neal

Professor of spiritual theology and director of lay programs Notre Dame Seminary

FEBRUARY Paperback Edition

Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) BRANDON VOGT “The true magic of this book is that it’s hardly one whose aim is solely pointed at non-Catholics. Why I Am Catholic can play an equally pivotal role in reinvigorating (or perhaps just “invigorating”) those already in the bosom of the Church. The book is fantastic. It’s clear, concise, and persuasive all in the same breath.”—Matthew Sewell, National Catholic Register. Now in paperback, Brandon Vogt’s bestselling and award-winning Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) serves as a compelling reproposal of the Church to former Catholics, a persuasive argument for truth and beauty to those who have become jaded and disenchanted with religion, and at the same time offers practicing Catholics a much-needed dose of confidence and clarity to affirm their faith against an increasingly skeptical culture.

“Brandon Vogt has written an insightful case for the Catholic faith. His treatment on how beauty confirms the truth of Catholicism is one of the best I’ve ever read.” —Trent Horn

An apologist at Catholic Answers and author of Answering Atheism

“For years, I’ve longed for a book that I could recommend to parents whose children have left the Church or to people who have lost their faith. This is that book.” —Brant Pitre

Catholic theologian, speaker, and author of The Case for Jesus

Like many millennials, Vogt—content director of Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries— considered himself “spiritual, but not religious” until, as a mechanical engineering student at Florida State University, he began a passionate search for truth that led him—to his great surprise—to the Catholic Church in 2008. Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) traces Vogt’s spiritual journey, making a refreshing, twenty-first-century case for the faith and answering questions being asked by agnostics, nones, and atheists. With references to Catholic thinkers such as G. K. Chesterton, John Henry Newman, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and Bishop Robert Barron, Vogt draws together lines of evidence to help seekers discover why they should be Catholic as an alternative. At the same time, he helps practicing Catholics affirm and strengthen their faith, giving them tools to answer the skeptics.

978-1-59471-903-5 • 192 pages • $15.95 On-Sale Date: February 22, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5" x 8.5" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Apologetics Imprint: Ave Maria Press

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • The hardcover edition of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too), released in October 2017, has sold more than 15,000 copies. • The book will appeal to the thousands of daily visitors to StrangeNotions.com, Vogt’s website designed for Catholics and atheists to meet. His newsletter reaches 75,000 people.

BRANDON VOGT is a bestselling and awardwinning author, blogger, and speaker who serves as content director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Vogt and his wife, Kathleen, live in Orlando, Florida, with their children.



JANUARY A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching Third Edition

KEVIN E. MCKENNA Topics related to Catholic social teaching emerge regularly in American political and civic discourse, often connected to discussions about religious freedom, abortion, immigrant rights, racism, capital punishment, and health care. This third edition of A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching by Rev. Kevin E. McKenna incorporates the essential teachings of Pope Francis in Evangelium Gaudium, Laudato Si’, and Amoris Laetitia to offer a clear, beginner-level reference tool and study guide for Church leaders and other interested Catholics to help them navigate this vast body of teaching. Building on core themes of human dignity, community, rights and responsibilities, option for the poor, dignity of work, solidarity, and care of creation, McKenna distills a vast amount of Catholic teaching into easily digestible summaries, each carefully referenced to its primary source and correlated to pressing issues making today’s headlines. The book includes crucial teachings of the popes from Louis XIII through Francis as well as from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Each chapter concludes with questions for reflection and dialogue and appendices provide tools for parishes and study groups.

978-1-59471-811-3 • 192 pages • $17.95 On-Sale Date: January 25, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 6" x 9" • Paperback Category: Pastoral Ministry Resource Imprint: Ave Maria Press REV. KEVIN E. MCKENNA is pastor and rector of the Cathedral Community in Rochester, New York. He is past president of the Canon Law Society of America and former vice chancellor, chancellor, and canonical consultant for the Diocese of Rochester. He is author of numerous articles and books, including A Concise Guide to Canon Law. McKenna also serves as general editor for the Concise Guide series.

AUTHOR’S OTHER TITLES A Concise Guide to Your Rights in the Catholic Church ISBN: 978-1-59471-079-7, $12.95 A Concise Guide to Canon Law ISBN: 978-0-87793-934-4, $14.95


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FEATURES & BENEFITS: • A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching is a perennial favorite in Catholic parishes, universities, and ministry formation programs with more than 20,000 copies sold.

“Any Catholic wanting to understand social doctrine—especially those working in parish, university, diocesan, or agency settings— will find this to be a great tool.” —Bill Purcell

Associate Director for Catholic Social Tradition Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame

APRIL The Crisis of Bad Preaching Reclaiming the Heart and Way of the Catholic Preacher JOSHUA J. WHITFIELD

The Crisis of Bad Preaching is an audacious response to a long-simmering pastoral crisis: poorly prepared, often stale, and largely irrelevant homilies that are fueling the mass exodus of people from the Church. A pastor in Dallas, Whitfield encourages fellow preachers to profound renewal, reminding them that preaching is not just something they do, it is essential to who they are. Catholic preaching today often achieves the opposite of what it should, which is connecting the People of God with the Gospel of Christ in a compelling and motivating way. With an insider’s candor, biting honesty, and persuasive conviction, Whitfield stresses that preachers need to return to this ideal because the wellbeing of the Church depends on it. More than just another how-to book, The Chrisis of Bad Preaching is at once deeply challenging and uplifting and full of practical advice for a reversal of the status quo. In part 1, Whitfield explores the essential role of the preacher as a public intellectual and member of the communion of preachers that spans the history of the Church. He offers advice about which great preachers—from Origen, Augustine, and Aquinas to Martin Luther King Jr. and Bishop Robert Barron—to study and what to learn from them. In part 2, Whitfield explores the important habits of prayer, preparation, cultivating rhetorical skill, and learning to take full advantage of both positive and negative criticism. He explains how the way of the preacher must be the way of the Holy Spirit and argues that without the preacher opening his heart to the fire of evangelical proclamation, he will lack the capacity to preach the transforming grace of the Gospel, his mandate. In a brief epilogue, Whitfield encourages ten habits for listening. Addressed to both laity and the ordained, he asserts that fixing preaching will take the concerted effort of all members of the Church.


978-1-59471-835-9 • 224 pages • $17.95 On-Sale Date: April 26, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 6" x 9" • Paperback Category: Pastoral Ministry Resource Imprint: Ave Maria Press REV. JOSHUA J. WHITFIELD is pastor of St. Rita Catholic Community in Dallas, Texas. A convert to Catholicism in 2009, Whitfield previously served as an Episcopal priest. Whitfield and his wife, Alli, live in Dallas with their children.

• Approximately 34,000 priests and deacons preach regularly at Mass in the United States each week and sixteen to eighteen million Catholics listen.

“This book will convince you that the New Evangelization starts in your pulpit.” —Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran Authors of Rebuilt



MARCH Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises

What Catholics Really Need to Know about Scripture Study WILLIAM L. BURTON, O.F.M.

Fr. William L. Burton, O.F.M., doesn’t want you to be intimidated by studying the Bible. As a scripture scholar, he believes reading God’s Word is not only educational but also fun and entertaining. In Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises, Burton answers a number of fascinating questions that help you become more familiar with the Bible and your Catholic faith. Have you ever wondered whether “Christ” is Jesus’ last name? Did you know that when Jesus called God “Abba” he didn’t really mean the familiar “Daddy” as you may have been taught? Could the Our Father have originally been a Jewish prayer? Burton answers these questions and many others in Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises. The book will satisfy your curiosity about biblical subjects you’ve heard of and passages you’ve wondered about but never really pondered deeply nor understood. Burton, a renowned scripture scholar, introduces you to basic principles of scripture study and aids in your exploration of intriguing questions about the life of Jesus. 978-1-59471-839-7 • 192 pages • $17.95 On-Sale Date: March 22, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5" x 8.5" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Scripture Imprint: Ave Maria Press REV. WILLIAM L. BURTON, O.F.M., is a scripture scholar. He also serves as a provincial councilor for the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart.

In part 1, Burton examines the history of the Bible, tools for scripture study, and the importance of archaeological, cultural, and linguistic discoveries for understanding the Bible. He also offers a fascinating explanation of how the geography of Israel played a crucial role in the Bible’s content and development. In part 2, Burton addresses interesting questions related to the origin and meaning of topics in the New Testament.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Fr. William Burton, O.F.M., is a regular speaker at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. He gives presentations locally, regionally, and nationally.

“Fr. Burton offers lovely gems in each chapter of this scripture mine, and by the end he has flipped over an ordinary lump of stone to uncover an enormous glittering jewel that you get to keep!” —Sonja Corbitt

Host of Bible Study Evangelista and author of Unleashed and Fearless


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APRIL Be Not Troubled

A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade JEFFREY KIRBY

For more than 250 years, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade has offered inspiration and spiritual balm for those plagued with doubt, anxiety, and fear. Rev. Jeffrey Kirby serves up six meditations, rooted in Caussade’s work, for today’s reader and presents them as a personal retreat. Be Not Troubled invites you to let go of what you can’t control and discover a place of deep serenity in God. In Be Not Troubled, Rev. Jeffrey Kirby draws on his decades of experience as a retreat leader and speaker to offer you the wisdom of Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade distilled into a sixday personal retreat that equips you to embrace the present moment and shake fear from your mind—all by recognizing the power of God. This process begins with time-tested tools drawn from the renowned spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence, which presents a series of influential spiritual reflections from Caussade, a beloved eighteenth-century French Jesuit. In popularizing this classic for today’s readers, Be Not Troubled • rejects a spirituality of fear and shame by introducing you to God as a loving provider who knows you and wills your happiness; • guides you in personally surrendering your will to God— an essential step in developing deep faith; • helps you see God in the details as you recognize ordinary moments as opportunities to experience God and his love for you; and • instructs you in embracing the sacrament of the present moment, dispelling doubt and anxiety from your life. Practical steps, invitations to practice presence, and reflective prayers guide you through these spiritual habits, which are broken out into six days of brief, accessible mediations that can be completed in the midst of your daily life.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Rev. Jeffrey Kirby is a bestselling author whose book Kingdom of Happiness sold more than 40,000 copies in its first six months, 25,000 of which were sold as pre-orders.

“Fr. Jeff Kirby totally surprised me by presenting the teachings of Caussade in a fresh and practical way. This book is the perfect cure for troubled minds.” —Gary Zimak

978-1-59471-873-1 • 160 pages • $13.95 On-Sale Date: April 26, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5" x 7" • Paperback Category: Catholicism / Christian Living Imprint: Ave Maria Press FR. JEFFREY KIRBY is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston in Indian Land, South Carolina. He is the author of several books, including Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life; Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant with You; and Lord, Teach Us to Pray. He has appeared on EWTN, Salt + Light television, and the BBC, as well as on Catholic radio.

ALSO AVAILABLE Lift Up Your Heart JOHN BURNS ISBN: 978-1-59471-720-8, $13.95

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One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens

KATIE PREJEAN MCGRADY AND TOMMY MCGRADY Are you looking for a daily Lenten resource for teens that meets them right where they are in life? Husband-and-wife youth ministry experts Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady offer realistic and engaging spiritual guidance for Lent that includes timely topics for teens such as relationships, being your best, competition, control, fear, and forgiveness. The simple format of Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens offers depth without complexity and direction without pressure. Each daily devotion is based on a Bible passage that connects with a topic important to teens. A brief reflection helps readers consider the day’s topic through the lens of faith. Unlike many other Lenten prayer books, each day offers exercises and activities to help teens grow closer to Christ.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady speak to thousands of people across the country each year at events ranging from small parish missions to large youth and young adult conferences. • The authors together have more than 12,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram and can be heard on their weekly podcast, The Electric Waffle. 978-1-59471-908-0 • 64 pages • $2.50 (Short Discount) On-Sale Date: January 25, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5" x 7" • Booklet Category: Lent Imprint: Ave Maria Press KATIE PREJEAN MCGRADY is a Catholic speaker and the author of Follow and Room 24. She served as one of three delegates for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Pre-Synod Meeting on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment in Rome in 2018. TOMMY MCGRADY is an environmental science teacher at Lake Charles College Prep in Louisiana and a youth minister at Immaculate Conception Church. He is the author of Life Teen’s Unleashed: Men of Scripture. He has spoken at a number of youth rallies and diocesan events throughout the country. The couple lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with their daughter, Rose.


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• Affordably priced for bulk purchases in Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools.

“A fantastic read. Every Catholic teen needs to include this book right next to their breakfast every morning or their textbooks on the dinner table at night.” —Georgie Clemens

Director of Youth Ministry St. Thomas More Catholic Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina

MARCH Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders ROY PETITFILS

Do you struggle to know when or if it’s appropriate to step in to help a teen who seems stressed, anxious, or depressed? Do you know the signs to look for to determine whether a teen is in distress? In Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Roy Petitfils offers his personal experience, advice, and faith to give parents, pastors, and youth leaders the knowledge, courage, and tools they need to step in, make a difference, and be the presence of Christ for teens in crisis. Petitfils knows what it’s like to be an addicted, depressed teenager, filled with self-loathing and desperate for help. Weighing more than 500 pounds at his high school graduation, he was addicted to food and hated himself. His life was radically changed by a handful of people in college who helped him set a new course. Using personal life lessons and expertise gleaned from more than twenty-five years in youth ministry and private practice as a licensed counselor, Petitfils teaches parents, pastors, and youth leaders what they need to know about mental health issues among America’s youth and will help the adults in their lives get comfortable with stepping in. He offers information and advice on: • the major causes of stress and anxiety in teens today • differentiating healthy stress from toxic stress • simple steps to take after identifying a hurting kid, beginning with how to assess whether and how to step in • the art of listening Petifils explores the support and comfort available through the sacraments, Catholic devotions, different forms of prayer, and reading the Bible. Ultimately, he indentifies how to guide hurting young people to deeper trust in the mercies of God.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Roy Petitfils is scheduled to address twenty-five groups in fifteen states between January 2018 and May 2019, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and NCCYM.

978-1-59471-889-2 • 160 pages • $15.95 On-Sale Date: March 8, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 5.5" x 8.5" • Paperback Category: Catholicism Imprint: Ave Maria Press ROY PETITFILS is a Catholic author, speaker, and psychotherapist in private practice who has more than twenty years of experience ministering to youth and young adults in parishes, dioceses, and schools. Petitfils lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his wife, Mindi, and their children.

“A welcome and needed resource. A wonderful guide to help us be more confident and competent as we accompany teens.” —Mike Patin

Catholic speaker, facilitator, and consultant



AUGUST Sacred Reading for Lent 2019 POPE’S WORLDWIDE PRAYER NETWORK Helping Catholics enter into the season of renewed prayer and penance, Sacred Reading for Lent 2019 from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network—an international ecclesial ministry served by the Jesuits—will engage and inspire you with the Church’s daily scripture readings. It incorporates the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions for groups across the globe, giving you a new way to experience the traditional spiritual devotion known as lectio divina (sacred reading). Sacred Reading for Lent 2019 guides you through the daily gospel readings for Lent as well as readings for solemnities and feasts from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday using an easily accessible, six-step process: • know that God is present • read the gospel • notice what you think and feel • pray as you are led for yourself and others • listen to God • ask him to show you how to live each day

978-1-59471-857-1 • 128 pages • $2.00 (Short Discount) On-Sale Date: Available Now Foreign Rights: World • 4.25” x 6.75” • Paperback Category: Lent Imprint: Ave Maria Press THE POPE’S WORLDWIDE PRAYER NETWORK is an international ecclesial ministry served by the Jesuits that reaches more than 50 million participants worldwide through its popular website, talks, conferences, radio outreach, publications, and retreats. Each year the Holy Father asks that Christians and non-Christians alike join in praying for his particular intentions on the challenges facing humanity. The regional US-Canadian office can be found at popesprayerusa.net and popesprayercanada.net.

This powerful prayer book is the perfect resource if you are interested in a deeper prayer life or are seeking a new approach to praying and living the scriptures during Lent. More than simply another daily prayer book, Sacred Reading for Lent 2019 draws on the traditions of Ignatian spirituality and models the lectio divina approach to scripture reading and prayer, allowing you to change your heart and find expression in your actions.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • In its first four years, the Sacred Reading series sold more than 100,000 copies. • The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network was established in 1844 and has more than 50 million participants worldwide.

“Sacred Reading for Lent is a convenient size and affordable. We gave it to all of our parishioners. They found it helped them develop a closer relationship with the Lord by doing as we are invited to during Lent—namely, pray more intensely and listen to Jesus.” —Rev. Tom Stehlik, C.M. Pastor of St. Joseph Church New Orleans, Louisiana


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OCTOBER The Living Gospel Series

Daily Devotions for Lent 2019 CHARLES PAOLINO The pastoral insight of Deacon Charles Paolino and the spiritually rich Lenten Gospel readings enliven the popular five-step format of The Living Gospel devotional series. In Daily Devotions for Lent 2019, Paolino’s engaging reflections will focus your prayer from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday and make your season of conversion refreshingly fruitful. Daily Devotions for Lent 2019 offers soul-searching direction and challenges you to stay focused on the disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Paolino, managing editor at RENEW International, will inspire you along the way with stories from his personal life and parish ministry. Each day’s two-page devotion begins with a simple call to prayer followed by a psalm verse and a brief scripture passage. Paolino’s daily reflections help you connect your everyday life with the call to repentance and conversion we hear during Lent. His insights and guidance are reinforced with a focused spiritual exercise for the day and summed up with a brief prayer asking God’s blessing, mercy, and courage. The compact size and affordable pricing make this ideal for individuals as well as bulk purchases in parishes, schools, diocesan offices, and other Catholic settings. The Living Gospel series of devotionals for Lent and Advent offers spiritual insight and practical wisdom from popular Catholic preachers, speakers, and homilists. A new voice each season and a simple format invite Catholics to hear and embrace the living Word of God.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • Since the series launched for Lent 2013, The Living Gospel devotionals have sold more than 130,000 copies. • Deacon Charles Paolino is a leading voice at RENEW International, which reaches into 150 US dioceses and touches the lives of more than twenty-five million Catholics around the world. His two earlier books in The Living Gospel series sold more than 35,000 copies.

“This little book of devotions, containing five easy steps for each day of Lent, is a true game-changer for busy people who desire intimacy with God in this holy season of repentance.”

978-1-59471-849-6 • 96 pages • $2.25 (Short Discount) On-Sale Date: October 26, 2018 Foreign Rights: World • 4.25" x 6.75" • Paperback Category: Lent Imprint: Ave Maria Press CHARLES PAOLINO is managing editor at RENEW International. He is a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, ministering in liturgy, preaching, and adult education at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station. He is the author of three books in The Living Gospel series. He and his wife, Patricia Ann, live in Whitehouse Station. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

—Very Rev. David G. Caron, O.P. Vicar of Evangelization Archdiocese of New Orleans




La Iglesia

Pueblo de Dios llamado a la comunión HOSFFMAN OSPINO

The refrain of a popular Spanish hymn proclaims, “I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church.” With this as a keynote, Hosffman Ospino draws on the deep conviction among Hispanic Catholics that they are called to be the Church— locally, nationally, and globally—and provides a basic introduction to the nature and mission of the Church. ISBN: 978-1-59471-827-4, $6.95 (Short Discount)

“An essential tool of the New Evangelization.” —Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

El Credo

Un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia HOSFFMAN OSPINO

Hosffman Ospino, a leading authority on Hispanic ministry in the United States, offers a short, accessible introduction to the Creed. Written in Spanish for Hispanic Catholics in the United States, El Credo explains the importance of the Creed, our faith in the Blessed Trinity, and how the Creed is central to the life of the Church. ISBN: 978-1-59471-752-9, $6.95 (Short Discount)

“A simple path for the personal and communal encounter with the One and Triune God.” —Rev. Rafael Capó

Director of the USCCB Southeast Regional Office for Hispanic Ministry

Ministerio hispano Una introducción

TIMOTHY MATOVINA Timothy Matovina, an expert on the growth of Hispanics in the Catholic Church in the United States, offers a timely and much-needed introduction to ministry with Hispanic Catholics. Written in Spanish for lay people preparing for or involved in Hispanic ministry of all kinds, Ministerio hispano is an accessible guide to the history, spirituality, potential, and pastoral needs of Hispanics in the Church in America. ISBN: 978-1-59471-683-6, $5.95 (Short Discount)

“Motivates us to continue to build a new generation of missionary disciples.” —Andrés Arango

Director of Evangelization Diocese of Camden


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FEBRUARY Renovación Carismática Católica Una corriente de gracia ANDRÉS ARANGO

Charismatic Renewal is the largest movement among Hispanic Catholics in the United States, with almost half of parishes with Hispanic ministry also having a Charismatic Renewal community. In Renovación Carismática Católica, Andrés Arango, a leader in the movement in the United States and Latin America, guides lay people and pastoral leaders to understand Charismatic Renewal and its importance for Hispanics in the US Church. Arango offers a pastoral vision of the powerful and dynamic experience of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and its biblical and theological roots. Informed by his many years of personal involvement as a diocesan, national, and international leader in the Charismatic Renewal, Arango and his new book, Renovación Carismática Católica: Una corriente de gracia, will animate both participants and leaders to bring the joy and energy of the movement to the work of evangelization, faith formation, and pastoral care. Renovación Carismática Católica will help Hispanic Catholics involved in the Charismatic Renewal be more faithful to the mission of the movement and fully integrate it into the life of the parish and the wider Church. The book outlines • the history of the Renovación Carismática Católica, particularly in the United States and Latin America; • the mission of this current of grace; and • recommendations for building bridges within the Church and ideas for incorporating the evangelization efforts of the movement into parish life activities. Reflection questions for individual and group use are provided at the end of each chapter.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: • This book is part of Ave Maria Press’s Recursos para el ministerio hispano series. • While many Spanish-language resources are imported from other countries, this book emerges from the pastoral reality of Hispanic Catholics in the United States.

978-1-59471-831-1 • 96 pages • $6.95 (Short Discount) On-Sale Date: February 8, 2019 Foreign Rights: World • 6" x 9" • Booklet Category: Hispanic Ministry Resources Imprint: Ave Maria Press ANDRÉS ARANGO is the bishop’s delegate for Hispanic ministry and director of evangelization for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. He has served various ministries in Catholic Charismatic Renewal since 1995. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

“This book is a great resource, both for the leaders of the Charismatic Renewal and for all those who wish to know more about this movement.” —Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez Bishop of Cleveland





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Ave Maria Press Spring 2019 Trade Catalog  

New and select backlist titles published by Ave Maria Press in the spring of 2019. Features Catholic and Christian spirituality titles.

Ave Maria Press Spring 2019 Trade Catalog  

New and select backlist titles published by Ave Maria Press in the spring of 2019. Features Catholic and Christian spirituality titles.