Orbis Books

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Orbis Books
Parent companyMaryknoll Fathers and Brothers
FounderMiguel D'Escoto and Philip J. Scharper
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationMaryknoll, New York
Distributionself-distributed (U.S.)
Novalis (Canada)
Alban Books (U.K.)
Garratt Publishing (Australia)
Claretian Communications (Philippines)
St. Paul's India (India)
Pleroma Christian Supplies (New Zealand)
KCBS (Korea)[1]
Key peopleRobert Ellsberg, Publisher
Official websitewww.orbisbooks.com

Orbis Books is an American imprint of the Maryknoll order. It has been a small but influential publisher of liberation theology works. It was founded by Nicaraguan Maryknoll priest Miguel D'Escoto with Philip J. Scharper in 1970. Its editor-in-chief is Robert Ellsberg.

Major works[edit]

It was the first to publish Gustavo Gutiérrez's A Theology of Liberation in the United States. It also published Ernesto Cardenal's The Gospel in Solentiname, and Richard Millett's Guardians of the Dynasty, a study of Nicaragua's National Guard. In 1976, they became the first publisher of future anti-apartheid activist Allan Boesak. It published Sebastian Kappen's Jesus and Freedom in 1977. In the 1980s, they carried titles by Daniel Berrigan and Phillip Berryman. Later authors include Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide, South African missiologist David Bosch and 2007 Catholic Press Association prize winner Jens Söring.[2] Orbis also published Walter Wink's Peace is the Way, an anthology of writings on nonviolence by the U.S. branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "international-distributors". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  2. ^ Jens Soering: The Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says About Criminal Justice book review
  3. ^ Dan Buchanan, "Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation (Review)". Sojourners Magazine. January 1, 2001