Ave Maria Press and The Notre Dame Scholastic

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In 1865 Fr. Sorin acted on a plan to create a periodical to increase devotion to the Blessed Virgin among American Catholic families. Soon a weekly magazine, Ave Maria, was produced for a rapidly growing subscription base.

Two years later, with the encouragement of University president Fr. Corby, The Notre Dame Scholastic Year was inaugurated. It was later shortened to just The Notre Dame Scholastic, and is currently the longest-running collegiate publication in the U.S. Scholastic is a monthly student news magazine.

In 1970 the Ave Maria magazine ceased circulation, but the book publishing activities remained. Today Ave Maria Press is a major Catholic book publisher owned by the U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. It remains true to Fr. Sorin’s vision to honor Mary and act as an outlet for Catholic writers.