Loyola Press was founded in 1912 by Father William P. Lyons, SJ as a non-profit Catholic publishing ministry of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. His first published work was Loyola University's four-page school newspaper, The Maroon and Gold. Soon after, however, Father Lyons began publishing college textbooks, and Loyola Press swiftly grew in size and scope, from one employee to nearly 100, having now served hundreds of thousands of children and adults as they seek to grow academically, personally, and spiritually with assistance and inspiration from our textbooks, spirituality books for adults and children, and a growing array of multi-media resources.
For over 100 years, our mission has been to lead people to Jesus and to facilitate transformative experiences of God so that people of all ages can lead holy and purposeful lives with and for others. We accomplish our goals with inspiration from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), a man who spent his whole post-conversion life providing catechesis and engaging others in spiritual conversation. In addition to our spirituality and faith formation offerings, we are pleased to serve the Kindergarten through Grade 8 literacy community with our highly regarded English Language Arts programs.
Loyola Press has been at 3441 N. Ashland Avenue since 1925, after moving from the basement of what is now St. Ignatius College Prep on Roosevelt Road. Loyola Press provides books and multi-media products in two categories: curriculum and trade.
We currently publish over a dozen award-winning religious education- and language arts textbook series including Finding God: Our Response to God's Gifts, Christ Our Life, God's Gifts: Sacramental Preparation, Confirmed in the Spirit, Voyages in English, and the first-ever core religion program for children with disabilities titled Adaptive Finding God. Our curriculum programs each take two to three years to develop and often contain more than 20 components that result in over 15,000 pages of content per program, that we deliver in print, digitally, or in the form of video, audio, web-based interactives, or hands-on learning tools.
Our trade department publishes between 14 and 20 children's and adult spirituality books each year. Extraordinary for a small publisher, our first New York Times Best Seller was published in 1997, The Gift of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. We are the premier publisher of Pope Francis, having published almost a dozen books by or about the Holy Father, including the New York Times Best Seller, Dear Pope Francis—in which we gathered letters from children around the world and presented them to Pope Francis who answered them. This book was featured on Good Morning America, and we were able to launch the book in person with Pope Francis and ten of the children who wrote to him. It was the first time in history that a sitting pope published a children's book and launched it with them.
One of our most recent offerings by Pope Francis is a coffee table book titled Sharing the Wisdom of Time, which was published this October. For this book, we gathered wisdom stories
from elders across the globe and invited Pope Francis to respond. In addition to people rarely heard from due to their place in society, such as a blind basket weaver from Kenya named Bernard, the book also includes essays from filmmaker Martin Scorsese, French chef Jacques Pepin, and Queen of New Orleans Cuisine Leah Chase. Sharing the Wisdom of Time has won the following awards this year alone:
January 28, 2019: Illumination Book Awards
• Category: Keepsake/Gift/Specialty Bible Award: Gold
May 2019: Independent Press Awards
• Category: Coffee Table Book Award: Winner
May 2019: Association of Catholic Publishers “Excellence in Publishing Awards”
• Category: Inspirational Award: First Place
June 2019: International Book Awards
• Category: Christianity Award: Finalist
June 2019: Catholic Press Association Book Awards
Category: Pope Francis Award: First Place
Category: Coffee Table Book/Religious Art Award: First Place
Category: Family Life Award: First Place
Category: Design & Production Award: First Place
Category: Spirituality Award: Third Place
Category: Best Front Cover Art Award: Honorable Mention