Cincinnati, Oh. (June 6, 2014) – Franciscan Media, a leading Catholic publisher and Franciscan ministry, has sold Catholic Update and other parish resources to Liguori Publications. This will allow Franciscan Media to focus specifically on resources for individual Catholics and Christians. The purchase is part of a collaborative agreement that enables both companies to use their strengths to better serve Catholic parishes and individuals.

On June 2, Catholic Update, Catholic Update On Demand, Faith Formation Update, and Bringing Home the Word, as well as related books, videos, and other products, joined Liguori’s parish resources and solutions. Franciscan Media will continue to publish and provide print and other media products from trusted brands such as St. Anthony Messenger magazine, Servant Books, Franciscan Media books, Catholic Greetings, Saint of the Day,, and more. Some of the products include e-books, apps, audio and video downloads, and online services.

“We are excited by the opportunity this creates for us to focus on publishing books and media for individual Catholics and Christians on their spiritual journey,” said Tom Shumate, Chief Operating Officer at Franciscan Media. “We are energized and excited to move forward in this new direction.”

Liguori Publications is a leading publisher of Catholic resources for parishes and individuals in every stage of faith and life. A ministry of the Redemptorists, Liguori seeks to walk with the people of God, providing answers to their questions and strengthening their relationship with Christ.

Franciscan Media (a ministry of the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist) seeks to help Christians grow closer to God by creating inspiring and innovative products in the spirit of St. Francis, meeting individuals where they are on their personal faith journeys.


Thomas A. Shumate


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