Ave Maria Press

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Ave Maria Press
Parent companyCongregation of Holy Cross
FounderFather Edward Sorin
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNotre Dame, Indiana
DistributionIngram Content Group, Baker & Taylor (US)[1]
Bayard Novalis Distribution (Canada)
Garratt Publishing (Australia)
Pleroma Christian Supplies (New Zealand)
Alban Books (UK)[2]
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsSorin Books, Christian Classics, Forest of Peace
Official websitewww.avemariapress.com

Ave Maria Press is a Roman Catholic publishing company which was founded in 1865 by Father Edward Sorin, a Holy Cross priest who had founded the University of Notre Dame.[3]

Sorin founded the company in order to publish the Ave Maria magazine, a magazine focused on Catholic families, honoring The Virgin Mary, and showcasing Catholic writings.[3] Sorin then placed Sister Angela Gilespie, a nurse veteran of the American Civil War, in charge.[3] By 1900, Ave Maria was the largest English-language Catholic magazine worldwide.[3] The magazine was started in 1865 and continued until 1970 when it was dropped due to decline in circulation. Ave Maria Press now focuses solely on the publishing of Catholic books.[3]


  1. ^ "Domestic Sales | Ave Maria Press". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  2. ^ "International Distribution | Ave Maria Press". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  3. ^ a b c d e "About." Ave Maria Press. August 17, 2007. Ave Maria Press. August 24, 2007 Avemariapress.com

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