The 13 Best Catholic Publishers (2023 Update!)
The following is a list of Catholic book publishers, who in this humble editor's opinion, have earned a reputation for publishing the best Catholic books that adhere to Catholic tradition and orthodoxy. These publishers collectively account for the majority of books that can be found in our marketplace. They are roughly ordered here based on their size and brand name recognition.Pope Benedict XVI. Lastly, they publish Michael O'Brien, who is perhaps the most successful and popular Catholic fiction writer living today.
2. TAN BooksSt. Benedict Press, and also Neumann Press, which is well-known for their children's books. They also have a very nice mail order catalog. Vatican cookbook to Mother Angelica to diaries of Chinese Catholic martyrs. Solange Hertz or Charles Coulombe. The centerpiece of our fiction is the Fr. Baptist series by William Biersach. They haven't published a book since 2017 though because of all the demands of their corresponding podcast and bookstore. If the owner ever gets his act together, they will publish more books.
6. Ascension Press.
Most of Ascension's books are geared toward people who are looking to learn more about the Catholic Faith, most notably St. John Paul II's catechism. They have a couple of books on current issues. Some of their most prominent books are in their Amazing Grace series which offers a huge selection of inspirational stories relating to different aspects of one's life, whether it be for fatherhood, motherhood, families, survivors, or suffering.
Loreto sells a lot of great traditional Catholic books, most notably, Dom Gueranger's The Liturgical Year, which is one of the greatest works of Catholic writing. They publish a lot of books on a variety of categories including the Latin Mass, mariology, and books on spirituality by the saints. Highly recommended!
Roman Catholic Books focuses on reprinting formerly out-of-print Catholic books. They have a number of really good books including The Antichrist by Vincent P. Miceli, S.J., and A Confederacy of Evil: Cardinal Newman on the End Times by Blessed John Henry Newman. Unfortunately, they do not sell their books through big retailers like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and they do not offer ebook versions.
Angelico Press has a good selection of books on a wide variety of topics. They publish both new books and quality out-of-print works of apologetics, theology, philosophy, political and social thought, spirituality, history, art, biography, and literature. As stated on their website, they are "dedicated to making the rich tradition of Catholic intellectual and cultural life more available to families, students, and scholars."
10. Mediatrix Press
Mediatrix Press publishes several books on St. Robert Bellarmine, who is perhaps one of the most underappreciated saints ever. They also publish books on other saints including St. Dominic, St. Philip Neri, St. Peter Canisius, St. John Vianney, and St. Alphonsus Liguori.
Sensus Traditionis publishes books by Fr. Chad Ripperger. You've listened to his sermons, now read his books! He's written on several important topics including The Metaphysics of Evolution, Magisterial Authority, and an Introduction to the Science of Mental Health. The best-selling book by far is Deliverance Prayers: For Use By The Laity which has many prayers that I haven't found anywhere else on the internet. These prayers heavily focus on exorcising diabolic influence, whether it be possession, obsession, oppression, or simply temptation.
12. Baronius Press
Baronius Press takes essential books, like Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, and classic spiritual writings of the saints, and they beautifully highlight them by publishing gorgeous versions of these titles. In recent years, the Catechism of Trent has become incredibly popular due to the strange amendments that the current hierarchy have been making to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Also, Baronius Press literally has 12 different versions of the Douay Rheims Bible! Now that's hardcore trad!
13. Cluny Media
Cluny Media has done a tremendous service to the Catholic community by republishing many of Etienne Gilson's books which had been out of print for a long time. Truth be told, I personally had been waiting for years for these books to be republished, and I am quite excited that they're finally back! Cluny focuses exclusively on republishing old, forgotten titles, but these titles have been forgotten for all the wrong reasons. They really carry a lot of fascinating books that I've never seen before which I've put on my reading list.