A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER - MAY 2020
“No other publishing house comes close to Orbis in combining Jesus’ mystical awareness of God’s loving presence and his prophetic concern for the poor.” –Sister Helen Prejean
Fifty years ago this month in 1970 the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers launched Orbis Books. Our name, appropriately, was derived from the Latin word for “world,” for the purpose of Orbis was to open a global conversation about the Christian message by including and amplifying theological voices from the margins. You can read an overview of our history and publishing program in the current issue of Maryknoll magazine.
We had intended to celebrate this milestone on May 1, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. Sadly, in this time of social distancing, we have had to postpone our gathering together except in spirit.
Many of you will remember our unique focus on bringing theology from Latin America, Africa, and Asia to readers in North America and beyond. That was the heyday of liberation theology, a source of great inspiration and not a little controversy. It is fair to say that Orbis publications in those years transformed theological discourse around the world. That global conversation was further