Sophia Institute Press announced today that it will serve, in addition to its historic role, as the publishing division of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and Holy Spirit College (Atlanta, GA).
“This is one of the most unique and exciting partnerships in modern Catholic publishing,” said outgoing publisher John Barger. “I am thrilled to know that Sophia’s mission will maintain its integrity through a partnership between two of the most faithfully Catholic colleges in the country.”
The concept of collaboration was the brainchild of Gareth Genner, who has served on Sophia’s board for two years.
“It made sense,” said Genner. “In this economic climate, institutions with similar missions must work together to advance their common interests. In this case, we have three institutions all committed to spreading the Gospel of Christ and promoting the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. This arrangement allows us to leverage the strengths of each institution and more effectively answer the Church’s call for a New Evangelization.”
William Fahey agreed, saying, “Gareth and I have collaborated on projects in the past to the fruitful benefit of each institution and its students.”
Both presidents indicated their longstanding affection for John Barger and the mission of Sophia Institute Press.
“John has done a remarkable job publishing so many beautiful Catholic books over the years,” said Fahey. “Sophia’s books had a tremendous impact on me and on my own Catholic formation. I am eager to play a role in keeping these resources available for those who desire to grow in their faith as well as for those who are in the early stages of discerning truth.”
“Our culture needs, now more than ever, books that lead souls to Christ and to His Church,” said Genner. “Sophia is among just a few publishing houses that accomplish this in such an organized, aggressive fashion. I am honored to be a part of its restoration.”
Founded in 1983, Sophia Institute Press publishes Catholic classics and new texts by the great and enduring figures of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Over the last 25 years, Sophia has published over 200 titles and disseminated 2.5 million books worldwide to hundreds of thousands of individuals, bookstores, and educational institutions.