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  • 01/02/2019 10:06 AM | Cathy Gilmore (Administrator)

    The Catholic League Erects Nativity Scene in NY Central Park

    Erecting religious symbols on public property can be a challenge, a challenge that The Catholic League has met when it recently erected a life-size nativity scene in Central Park, on a piece of public property in front of the Plaza Hotel, between 58th and 59th Street on 5th Avenue.

    “We received a permit from the New York City Parks Department, as we have for decades,” said Catholic League president Bill Donahue.  “There are no Santa Clauses, reindeers, Jack Frosts, or any other secular symbols surrounding our religious display. We don’t need to have them. Why? Because Central Park is a public forum, a place that is open to all ideas, concerts, artistic exhibitions, and the like. So the government cannot stop us from erecting our crèche.”

    So why do some say that religious symbols cannot be displayed on public property unless they are accompanied by secular symbols? “They would not be correct if they were referring to a public forum, but they would be correct if they were referring to a swatch of public land near a municipal building, such as city hall,” said Donahue.  “The difference there is that it could be argued that the proximity of the religious symbols near a municipal entity might be interpreted as government sanction of religion. That argument cannot reasonably be made if the land is a public forum. Practicing Christians, Jews, and others, need to understand the difference so as to avoid unnecessary problems.”

    “Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said several years ago that the high court has failed the public by not making clear what is permissible under the Constitution when it comes to religious expression. He was right then, and nothing has happened subsequently to invalidate his observation.”


  • 01/02/2019 9:52 AM | Cathy Gilmore (Administrator)

    Ave Maria Press Announces Several Promotions

    Ave Maria Press and publisher and CEO Thomas Grady has announced several promotions. Karey Circosta a 15-year veteran at Ave Maria has been named associate publisher and will also retain her responsibilities as director of sales and marketing. Under her leadership, Ave’s sales and marketing efforts have significantly increased sales, particularly in high school religion textbooks and trade books. She also strengthened Ave’s relationship with key distributors, including Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. The company also launched its new Parish Book Program and Ave Explores during Circosta’s tenure as vice president and director of sales and marketing.

    Two members of Ave’s editorial department have also been promoted.   Eileen Ponder has been named executive editor, ministry resources. She has also worked at Ave for 15 years and is responsible for the Rebuilt Parish series, including the award-winning and bestselling Rebuilt by Michael White and Tom Corcoran. Ponder developed Ave’s marriage preparation program, Joined by Grace, in conjunction with authors John and Teri Bosio. She also updated The Order of Celebrating Matrimony ritual cards, as well as Together for Life, to reflect the Church’s new translation.

    Heidi Hess Saxton has been named senior acquisitions editor. She worked as an editor at Ave from 2013 to 2015 and then rejoined the company as an acquisition editor in 2017. She has been responsible for acquiring books by notable authors such as Kelly Wahlquist, Sarah Christmyer, Sonja Corbitt, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, Michele Faehnle, Emily Jaminet, and Maria Morena Johnson.

  • 03/11/2015 7:33 AM | Anonymous

    The messy family project is a lAbor of love

    When Mike and Alicia Hernon began their podcasts a few years ago they had no idea that it would blossom into a fulltime business/ministry that is providing help and parenting tips to thousands of parents and families.  “It’s incredible,” commented Mike Hernon, “what began as a simple volunteer effort has grown to serve over 10,000 families!”

    Alicia Hernon knows that many families today are seeking help.  “Our mission is to empower parents, strengthen marriage and bring families to Christ,” said Alicia.  “We have found that families are hungry for these resources and we are here to help.  Marriage and family are where the rubber hits and the road concerning faith and values in our society, so the best thing we can do to help our world is to renew and strengthen marriage and family life.”

    “With ten children ranging from 6 to 23 we’ve had the opportunity to make many mistakes so it’s not surprising that our family life, like most other families, is better described as a bit messy, but messy is ok,” proclaimed Mike.  “Loving and forming our children has been the project of our life and we are so happy to be able to share our experiences with others!”

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