Liguori, MO–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 26, 2006–Effective January 1, 2007, the REV. MATHEW KESSLER, C.Ss.R., will undertake the duties of President-Publisher of Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO, an apostolate of the Redemptorists/Denver Province.
Father Kessler, who came to Liguori Publications in 2001, has brought international recognition to its Spanish-language products under the imprint of Libros Liguori. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in physics before beginning studies for the Catholic priesthood. He was granted an M.Div. from Catholic Theological Union and ordained in 1991. He served as a parish priest and mission preacher for ten years, largely among the Latino community, before his appointment at Liguori.
Father Kessler believes the emerging multiculturalism in the U.S. Catholic Church, in particular the growth among its Latino population, and the significant influence of an educated laity will continue to impact the Church. The Redemptorist legacy of announcing God’s plentiful redemption to all will continue as Liguori responds to these challenges.
The Redemptorists in the midwest began their publishing venture in 1913. Liguori Publications itself dates to 1947, when the Redemptorists moved its headquarters to south suburban St. Louis. Among its products is Liguorian magazine, one of America’s leading Catholic periodicals. The print and electronic products include parish Sunday bulletins, youth and adult catechetical materials for parishes and religious-education programs, devotional and educational pamphlets, and trade books. Materials are sold throughout North America. Liguori Publications has more than ninety full-time employees.
For more information about Liguori Publications, visit its Web site at http://www.liguori.org.