Across St. Joseph’s Lake, past Moreau Seminary and beyond Moreau Drive, there stands a flat, unassuming building adorned in brick familiar to the quads of Notre Dame. But despite its ordinary appearance, the building is home to one of America’s oldest and largest Catholic publishing houses, complete with over a century and a half worth of history. Thomas Murphy | The Observer Ave Maria Press, founded by Fr. Sorin in 1865, sits on the far north edge of campus. Once a magazine, they are now a leading publisher of Catholic books.It was Fr. Edward Sorin, Notre Dame’s founder, who established Ave Maria Press in 1865. The press has since found its way into the homes, parishes and schools of Catholics across the country.Ave Maria Press CEO and publisher Thomas Grady said Sorin founded the press in honor of Saint Mary in order to provide spiritual direction to the growing community of Catholics in America.“Fr. Sorin had apparently long dreamed of starting a Catholic press in the United States,” Grady said. “ … He wanted to showcase the best Catholic writing in the country and provide sustenance and nourishment to a largely immigrant Catholic community at the time.”Sorin began working on his dream by buying a printing press in Chicago, hauling the machinery back to Notre Dame and setting it all up in Brownson Hall. Out of these humble origins grew Ave Maria Magazine, which quickly became a popular national publication featuring Catholic history, theology, children’s stories, poetry and biographies of saints.As Notre Dame grew and Sorin took on more responsibility at the University, he turned the press over to Sister Angela Gilsepie, who had previously served as a nurse in the Civil War. By 1900, Ave Maria Magazine was the most popular Catholic magazine in America.But as time wore on and trends in Catholic readership changed, Ave Maria Magazine’s circulation declined. In 1970, after 105 years of publication, Ave Maria Magazine came to an end. The end of this era, however, became the beginning of a new one as Ave Maria Press focused its efforts on publishing books, again hoping to feature the best Catholic writing in the country.Now, 154 years after its founding, Ave Maria Press is a leader in American Catholic publishing, especially in high school textbooks, Grady said. He estimates the company has books in over 50 percent of the 1,200 Catholic high schools in the country, holding “46 percent of the Catholic high school market in terms of the number of books sold.”The nature of the publishing industry is always changing, and in recent years Ave Maria Press has expanded its business into e-books and videos. In fact, Ave Maria Press no longer physically prints books and works only as a publisher, Grady said.Through its many evolutions, Grady said Ave Maria Press has remained determined to serve and nourish the spiritual lives of Catholics.“The nature of the mission hasn’t changed,” he said. “As a ministry of Holy Cross … it’s our mission, in the words of Holy Cross, to make God known, loved and served and to operate and act as what Holy Cross calls ‘educators in the faith.’ So, our mission has been conversion of hearts, formation of Catholics and ongoing nourishment of those Catholics in the Church and in their spiritual lives.”The business of publishing demands variety and value from all market entities. Senior publicist Stephanie A. Sibal said the aim of promoting Catholic families and faith is consistent throughout the many books and products Ave Maria Press publishes.“The variety of books that we publish each season, a goal of a lot of them is to strengthen the faith of average Catholics in the pew,” Sibal said. “We’re building the Church by providing resources — whether it’s a high school textbook or a prayer book or a book on spirituality or a book on apologetics — we’re helping to build the knowledge of the Church and deepen people’s faith.”Associate publisher and director of sales and marketing Karey Circosta said employees at the Ave Maria Press take pride not only in their work’s purpose, but also in its quality.“We are a ministry, but we’re also here, we’re trying to sell lots of books that promote our ministry and at the same time making really good ones,” Circosta said. “Everybody is dedicated to that throughout the whole company.”Sibal said Ave Maria Press’ impact on the Church is what motivates her work.“I think that we’re providing a great service to the Church,” Sibal said. “One of the reasons I like working here is because I feel like I’m working for the Church and I’m helping to spread my faith.”Several of the employees at Ave Maria Press had worked at secular publishing houses before arriving at the ministry. Grady said working at the press has allowed him to join together the facets of his life in a way most others cannot.“I’ve been in publishing for 40 years this year, and this is really the first time that I’ve been able to unite my spiritual faith, my Catholic faith, with my work,” Grady said. “ … It’s nice to not have to compartmentalize your work life and your personal life.”Tags: American Catholicism, Ave Maria Press, Catholicism, congregation of holy cross, Father Sorin, Fr. Edward Sorin, publishing, Sister Angela Gilsepie
… Superbet on boardAT least 20 teams will battle in the Seven-A-Side Independence Cricket Festival, which is scheduled for May 5 and 6 at the National Cultural Centre tarmac.The tapeball competition, which is into its third year, is already expected to be the biggest with at least six teams more than 2018. The Tran$cend Entertainment-organised, National Sports Commission-endorsed event has teams coming from Georgetown, East Coast, East Bank, West Bank and possibly one from Berbice.Last year, the competition, which was won by Team Corruption, featured 14 teams, while in its first year it had attracted 11 teams.Organiser Dwight Dodson said that some of the biggest names in cricket are set to battle this year, including the likes of Christopher Barnwell and Steven Jacobs.Over $1M in cash and prizes will be up for grabs in the knockout competition, which will be played over five overs.On Thursday, Superbet, one of the main sponsors of the competition, made its contribution. Other sponsors include Banks DIH, Ramps Logistics Ltd, Imperial Trading, Red Carpet Washbay, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Star Party Rentals, Xavier’s Investment, Movement Auto Sale, Precision Auto Works, W&J Entertainment, Fung-A-Fat Hatchery, Ole’s Jewellery, Seeta’s Bar, Regent Household and Electronics, Royal Real Estate, Church’s Chicken, Fireside Grill, Magic City and S&D Enterprise.
Family and friends gathered in Bovard Auditorium Saturday to honor the inaugural graduating class of USC Hybrid High School.The commencement ceremony began with an introduction by Hybrid High Principal Mide Macaulay. Vanessa Ruiz, the class president, then repeated the introduction in Spanish, demonstrating the diversity of the school, which is 59 percent Hispanic.Hybrid High School, which is operated by the Rossier School of Education’s charter management organization Ednovate, was founded with the goal of providing individual attention to students and lowering drop-out rates. This year, the school achieved a 100 percent graduation rate.Karen Gallagher, dean of Rossier School of Education, praised the graduating class for collectively earning over 400 college acceptances to 98 different schools. Each of the 85 graduates has been admitted to at least one four-year college, and six have been admitted to USC.“I want to welcome all the Hybrid High graduates — the college-goers and agents of positive multi-generational change,” Gallagher said. “You are fully committed to being change agents, who strive to improve your own lives, as well as the lives of your families and communities, now and in the future. Your success is a tribute to your hard work and dedication.”The ceremony’s keynote address was delivered by USC President C.L. Max Nikias, who shared with students what he termed the “three keys of success”: knowledge, character and good judgment.Nikias stressed that students must constantly listen and read to keep up with the rapid growth of knowledge in the information age.“Your learning experience does not end the moment you receive your diploma. For all of us, learning is a lifelong journey,” Nikias said. “You should find ways to keep yourself informed, and allow others to inform you with new points of view. You should challenge the ideas of others and encourage them to challenge you.”Nikias went on to highlight the importance of good character in guiding the students through life.“Your character is going to be your destiny, and the quality of your character inevitably shapes the course of your life. Character is not about being nice — it’s about earning the trust and respect of your family and friends, and, more importantly, earning the respect of your community,” Nikias said. “You build your character with small acts of honesty, humility, integrity and generosity. The road to true character is a path you must travel alone.”Nikias closed his speech by advising students to exercise good judgment and to commit to their decisions.“Every day, all of us are faced with hundreds of decisions. The difference between success and failure is the ability to consistently make good choices,” Nikias said. “Fortune favors the bold. If you have good judgment, you will make bold decisions that will lead you down an exciting path of adventure, discovery and success.”The valedictorian of the class of 2016, Juan Castro, reflected on the struggles and triumphs that had brought the graduates to this point. He emphasized that, no matter where they would go in the future, they would always be linked by their place in the Trojan Family.“Soon, we will be constellations — stars connected through space. We will be distant stars, illuminating the name of our Trojan Family, but this is the end and a new start. We will be apart, but together,” Castro said. “Our Trojan Family fire is all we need, and everything we have.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I wasn’t surprised at all,” Harris said on remaining in the game. It was a tough play. Taj slipped. It felt like he was wide open. It seemed like he grabbed the ball and went up in slow motion.”Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni defended the decision, calling Harris a “better defender, longer and a better defender.” “We didn’t slide over to cover for him,” D’Antoni said. “It wasn’t his fault. It’s the team’s fault. He’ll learn from it.”That didn’t soften the frustration, with a visibly upset Gasol walking off the court. After all, the Lakers (16-26) snapped their two-game winning streak in a season where wins have come at a premium. They also rank 13th in the Western Conference. “You don’t lose a game on one play,” said Gasol, whose 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 19 rebounds was offset with five turnovers. “But to lose a game like that on a layup still hurts.” The Lakers hurt in other areas.They committed 21 turnovers, including Gasol (five) and Kendall Marshall (four) as the worst offenders. The Lakers allowed D.J. Augustin to score 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting. With the Lakers leading 98-93 with 2:59 left, Chicago went on a 7-0 run while the Lakers missed their next six shots and committed two turnovers.But in the place that Michael Jordan built, Young continued his emergence as the Lakers’ go-to-closer. He capped a season-high 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting with a baseline jumper that tied the game, 100-100, with six seconds left. He had also sank three consecutive free throws to force overtime. Lakers rookie Ryan Kelly then forced an out-of-bounds with .9 seconds left, suggesting the Lakers could thrive again in double overtime. Moments later, the game ended. “We fought too hard to lose like that,” Young said. “It’s heartbreaking. We both felt hard today. But we felt like we were going to go streaking.” Instead, the Lakers fell short. A season after never wavering on the Lakers’ playoff fortunes despite the endless injuries and infighting, Bryant offered said he has “no clairvoyant powers whatsoever” on this team’s postseason chances.Yet, the Lakers say they are clinging onto hope that the same determined effort will yield a different outlook, presuming, of course, they pay attention next time on the last-second inbounds play. “It’s encouraging and you have to continue the same spirit and energy we played the last few games,” Gasol said. “That’s how you give ourselves chances. But I don’t like losing. It’s a tough one to swallow.” CHICAGO >> The Lakers summed up their whole season in .9 seconds.The Lakers never give up, but a depleted roster remains usually overwhelming. Nick Young emerged as the team’s go-to-scorer without Kobe Bryant, but the Lakers still lack a closer. And the Lakers still can’t play consistent defense.Just when it appeared they could secure their third consecutive win, the Lakers squandered it all by allowing Bulls forward Taj Gibson to score on a wide-open inbounds pass from Mike Dunleavy just as time expired, ensuring the Lakers a 102-100 overtime loss to Chicago at United Center. A visibly upset Pau Gasol stood off the court, cognizant that wins this season come at a premium. The man responsible for guarding Gibson was Manny Harris, who had just played in the Development League last week. Harris guarded Gibson’s backside, believing he would pop out for a jumper. Instead, Gibson drove toward the basket. With Gasol defending the inbounds pass, he had little time to adjust.