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Crisis Magazine Acquired by Two Leading Catholic Colleges

2/7/2012 - 12:22 PM PST

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MERRIMACK, NH (February 7, 2012) - Holy Spirit College (Atlanta, GA) and the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, NH) announced today joint acquisition Crisis will operate under the rubric of Sophia Institute, the publishing division of the two institutions.

On the Crisis web site, which was re-launched today, the new leadership said that the focus of the magazine will be on restoring thoughtful scholarship that unapologetically articulates a Catholic perspective on the subjects of politics, business, culture, faith, and family life.

"Our culture lacks a credible, coherent, defense of the Faith," said William Fahey, President of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and Publisher of Sophia Institute. "Crisis proposes to address this problem by assembling leading Catholic thinkers who will equip readers with the knowledge and confidence they need to defend the market economy and Church teachings."

Dr. John Zmirak was named the Editor of Crisis. He served previously as the writer-in-residence of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and as editor of Success magazine and Investors Business Daily.

"You can count on Crisis magazine to be what it always was," said Zmirak, "a firm, insistent voice on the rights of the laity and the dignity of the priesthood; a partisan of justice and prudence in the face of misguided compassion and ideology; a staunch advocate of the compatibility of reason and faith, of honest enterprise and Christian living, of American patriotism and orthodox Faith."

"The Holy Father has encouraged the faithful to embrace the new media as a key tool in advancing the Gospel," said Gareth Genner, President of Holy Spirit College and Chairman of Sophia Institute. "Through Holy Spirit College's partnership with Thomas More College, we are laying the groundwork to expand Sophia Institute as not only a publisher of trusted Catholic books, but also as a multi-platform media company dedicated to advancing the New Evangelization."

In 1982 Michael Novak and Ralph McInerny founded Crisis magazine, which quickly became one of the leading voices in support of Catholic laymen and their essential role in the marketplace, the public square, and the community.

In honor of Novak's and McInerny's contribution to Catholic scholarship, the first issue of Crisis from November 1982 was posted today at

In 2007, Crisis made a dramatic shift and became, solely, an online magazine. Sophia Institute acquired Crisis earlier this year.

Founded in 1983, Sophia Institute Press publishes Catholic classics as well as new texts by the great and enduring figures of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Over the last 25 years, Sophia has published over 200 titles and disseminated 2.5 million books worldwide to hundreds of thousands of individuals, bookstores, and educational institutions.

Holy Spirit College is an independent, authentic Catholic liberal arts college founded in 2005 as an undergraduate college offering courses in the Liberal Arts to students enrolled at Holy Spirit Preparatory School. Graduates of those courses have gone on to study at many of the finest undergraduate institutions in the United States including Harvard, The University of Notre Dame, Emory University, Vanderbilt University, Duke University, Georgetown University and The Naval and Air Force Academies. In 2009 Holy Spirit College admitted its first class of full-time undergraduate students together with graduate students pursuing a Master's degree in Theology.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts provides a four-year undergraduate education which forms young people intellectually, ethically, and spiritually in the Catholic tradition and in faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Thomas More College introduces its students to the central questions of Western Civilization--and to the Church's response. It teaches students how to reason, engage in academic discourse, speak with conviction, and to write well. Students from Thomas More College are encourage to grow into faithful leaders able to pursue the individual vocations which God has given each of them.


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