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Liturgical Press authors recognized at 2022 Catholic Media Association Awards

COLLEGEVILLE, MINNESOTA (July 2022)—Liturgical Press is honored to be the publisher of 24 award-winning books chosen by the Catholic Media Association (CMA). Liturgical Press also received four additional awards in the catalog category from CMA making it a total of 28 awards recognizing the best in Catholic publishing.

Liturgical Press books received the following awards in the 2022 Catholic Media Association Awards:

Liturgical Press catalogs received the following awards in the 2022 Catholic Media Association Awards:

  • Second Place, Catalog: Parish Resources Fall 2021 Catalog by Monica Bokinskie
  • Third Place, Catalog: Little Rock Scripture Study Fall 2021 Catalog by Monica Bokinskie
  • Honorable Mention, Catalog: Spirituality Fall 2021 Catalog by Monica Bokinskie
  • Honorable Mention, Catalog: Academic and Monastic Studies 2021-2022 Catalog by Monica Bokinskie

These winning titles are available directly from Liturgical Press and great booksellers. Visit litpress.org or call 800-858-5450.

For more information please contact:

Michelle Verkuilen, associate marketing director
mverkuilen@litpress.org
(320) 363-2227

About Liturgical Press:

Located at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Liturgical Press began publishing for the Church in 1926. Our staff is committed to providing religious and spiritual resources of the highest relevance and quality to Catholic parishes and individuals and to the academic community. Our imprints and publications include Liturgical Press Books, Liturgical Press Academic, Cistercian Publications, The Saint John’s Bible, Little Rock Scripture Study, and Give Us This Day.

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Liturgical Press authors recognized at 2022 Association of Catholic Publishers Awards

COLLEGEVILLE, MINNESOTA (June 2022)—Liturgical Press is honored to be the publisher of two award-winning books chosen by the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) 2022 Excellence in Publishing Awards which recognizes the best in Catholic publishing.

Liturgical Press books received the following awards:

These winning titles are available directly from Liturgical Press and great booksellers. Visit litpress.org or call 800-858-5450.

For more information please contact: Michelle Verkuilen, associate marketing director
mverkuilen@litpress.org  (320) 363-2227

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Liturgical Press Announces Therese L. Ratliff as Next Director


COLLEGEVILLE, MINNESOTA (February 22, 2022)—Abbot John Klassen, OSB, is pleased to announce that Therese L. Ratliff, PhD, will be the next director and chief executive officer of Liturgical Press, the publishing apostolate of Saint John’s Abbey. Ratliff will succeed Peter Dwyer, who is set to retire in June 2022 after 33 years of service to the Press, 21 years as director.

Ratliff will be the second layperson and the first woman to lead Liturgical Press in its 96-year history.

Ratliff comes to Liturgical Press with a diverse and accomplished portfolio in Catholic book and periodical publishing. Most recently, Ratliff served as the publisher of books and devotionals for the US divisions of Bayard, Inc.: Twenty-Third Publications, Pflaum Publishing Group, and Creative Communications for the Parish. She has contributed to several international publishing boards and is currently the vice president of the Association of Catholic Publishers Board of Directors (2020–2023). Before joining Bayard, Inc., Ratliff enjoyed a variety of publishing roles and experiences at Pauline Books and Media.

“We are thrilled to have Therese Ratliff come on board as director of Liturgical Press,” said Klassen. “She is an energetic, vibrant person who brings a rich set of leadership experiences in the world of Catholic publishing. I am confident that she will continue the Benedictine mission of the Press as it seeks to serve today’s believers in exciting new ways.”

“I am thrilled to be joining a talented, top-notch team and look forward to building on the extraordinary reputation of Liturgical Press,” said Ratliff. “We in Catholic publishing must meet the moment our world faces in diverse new ways, and I’m confident that, together, we will find new pathways and explore new directions for the Gospel to take root and flourish.”

“I am delighted in the appointment of Therese Ratliff as the next director of Liturgical Press,” said Dwyer. “She brings exceptional leadership skills and vision, as well as a deep commitment to the Gospel, to her tenure at the helm of this storied and trusted house. Customers, authors, and staff, as well as the Church and Saint John’s Abbey, will be extraordinarily well served by the wisdom and gifts she brings to Liturgical Press.”  

Ratliff has a PhD in theology and education from Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts), a Master of Arts in theology from St. Michael’s College (Burlington, Vermont), and a Bachelor of Arts in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College (Boston, Massachusetts).

Prior to Peter Dwyer, the previous directors of Liturgical Press were monks of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota: Fr. Virgil Michel, OSB, whose energy and vision led to the founding of Liturgical Press in 1926; Fr. William Heidt, OSB (1949–1978); Fr. Daniel Durken, OSB (1978–1988); and Fr. Michael Naughton, OSB (1988–2001).

For more information, please contact:
Tara Durheim, marketing director
tdurheim026@litpress.org
(320) 363-2139

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Liturgical Press Announces Staff Promotions

COLLEGEVILLE, MINNESOTA (September 10, 2021)—Liturgical Press has promoted several staff members in a realignment of responsibilities intended to strengthen company performance post-pandemic. The changes significantly enhance all publication areas and expand the digital marketing focus of the company.

Hans Christoffersen, long-time publisher for academic and monastic titles, is now editorial director of Liturgical Press with responsibility for all books and periodicals except Give Us This Day. Christoffersen leads the acquisition of new work for existing readers and new audiences.

John Kyler, formerly liturgy and music editor, is now general editor for parish resources.  An author, editor, composer and musician, Kyler acquires pastoral books and manages parish programs and periodicals.

Tara Durheim is now marketing director, having served the past five years as associate publisher for academic and monastic titles. Durheim oversees a newly reconstituted marketing department and is leading an expanded focus on digital marketing.

Michelle Verkuilen, formerly associate publisher for parish market, is now associate marketing director, with responsibility for author support, publicity, and print promotions.

Monica Bokinskie, who has long served in marketing as a graphic designer and manager, is now creative manager, marketing.

Brian Woods, formerly sales and marketing manager, is now sales director with responsibility for all reseller channels and direct sales.

In addition to these changes, Br. Aelred Senna, OSB, has been appointed publisher for Give Us This Day, effective in January 2022. Senna is part of the team that developed Give Us This Day,serving first as associate publisher for marketing and more recently as associate editor. He is stepping into the publisher role as Peter Dwyer, director of the Press and publisher of Give Us This Day, prepares to retire in June 2022. 


For more information please contact:
Michelle Verkuilen, associate marketing director
mverkuilen@litpress.org
(320) 363-2227

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Liturgical Press authors earn thirty-five book awards

COLLEGEVILLE, MINNESOTA (June 2021)—Liturgical Press is honored to be the publisher of seven award-winning books chosen by the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) 2021 Excellence in Publishing Awards, as well as 25 books receiving 29 awards from the Catholic Media Association (CMA). Liturgical Press also received three additional awards in the catalog category from CMA making it a total of 39 awards from both organizations recognizing the best in Catholic publishing. We congratulate the dedicated and talented authors we have had the pleasure of working with during this challenging year. These winning titles are available directly from Liturgical Press at litpress.org.

Liturgical Press books received the following awards in the Association of Catholic Publishers 2021 Excellence in Publishing Awards. First-place winners are automatically entered in a special round of judging for the “Resource of the Year” which will be announced in August by the Association of Catholic Publishers:

Liturgical Press books received the following awards in the 2021 Catholic Media Association Awards:

Liturgical Press catalogs received the following awards in the2021 Catholic Media Association Awards:

  • First Place, Best Trade/Seasonal Catalog: Academic Catalog Fall 2020 by Monica Bokinskie
  • Third Place, Best Trade/Seasonal Catalog: Little Rock Scripture Study Catalog 2020-2021 by Monica Bokinskie
  • Honorable Mention, Best Trade/Seasonal Catalog: Parish Catalog Fall 2020 by Monica Bokinskie

For more information please contact:
Michelle Verkuilen, associate marketing director
mverkuilen@litpress.org
(320) 363-2227

About Liturgical Press:

Located at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Liturgical Press began publishing for the Church in 1926. Our staff is committed to providing religious and spiritual resources of the highest relevance and quality to Catholic parishes and individuals and to the academic community. Our imprints and publications include Liturgical Press Books, Liturgical Press Academic, Cistercian Publications,The Saint John’s Bible, Little Rock Scripture Study, andGive Us This Day.


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