About Orbis Books

Orbis Books – a leader in religious publishing since 1970 – offers a wide range of books on prayer, spirituality, Catholic life, theology, mission and current affairs.

The publishing arm of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Orbis Books addresses a broad readership exploring the global dimensions of faith, inviting dialogue with diverse cultures and traditions, and serving the cause of reconciliation and peace.

MARYKNOLL Magazine regularly highlights select book titles that readers may enjoy or find inspiring. We invite you to explore the featured publications below.


Robert Ellsberg, Publisher


Orbis Books News & Releases
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Some Orbis Must-Haves

Here are some Orbis must-haves at discounted prices to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Orbis Books. Use code M0520 when you call toll-free: 1.800.258.5838 or when...

By Robert Ellsberg / May 1, 2020

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The Gospel of Matthew: A Spiritual and Pastoral Reading

Pope Francis guides readers through the Gospel of Matthew || This inspirational volume of reflections on the Gospel of Matthew echoes everything Pope Francis...

By Paul McMahon / Mar 1, 2020

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Jesus Wasn't Killed by the Jews

Reflections for Christians in Lent || It is difficult to read the Passion narratives—particularly the Gospel of John, which is read in Holy Week—without...

By Robert Ellsberg / Jan 1, 2020

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The Two Hands of Yes and No

One Family’s Encounter with the Power of Active Nonviolence || The Linns are a remarkable family, who have taught courses on healing, forgiveness and nonviolence...

By Robert Ellsberg / Nov 1, 2019

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A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives

Orbis Books publisher looks at the lives of holy people in moments of grace, and in times of struggle and doubt || “The Holy Spirit writes no more Gospels...

By Robert Ellsberg / Sep 1, 2019

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The Election of Pope Francis

A top Vatican journalist provides an inside look at the process that began with Pope Benedict XVI’s surprising decision to retire up to Pope Francis’ installation || On...

By Robert Ellsberg / Jul 1, 2019

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The Way of Forgiveness: Readings for a Peaceful Life

Various writers share their thoughts and experiences on the way of forgiveness || “Let us forgive each other,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. “Only then will we live...

By Michael Leach / May 1, 2019

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Love Prevails

Jean Bosco Rutagengwa tells how he and fiancée survived Rwandan genocide || “I could sense fear in my fiancée’s voice. Fear as I had never felt it before....

By Robert Ellsberg / Mar 1, 2019

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I Am Indeed Your Brother in Bangladesh

Father Bob McCahill shares stories of his life among 'Allah's poor' in Bangladesh || For over 40 years Maryknoll Father Bob McCahill, a native of Goshen,...

By Robert Ellsberg / Jan 1, 2019

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Soul Seeing

Orbis Book Spotlight || Robert Ellsberg, the publisher of Orbis Books, asked me to write this preview, even though this book is “my baby.” That is, it’s...

By Michael Leach / Nov 1, 2018

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God's Quad

Orbis Book Spotlight || With contributors from five continents, this book explores the power and potential of small Christian communities for Catholic college...

By Jill O'Brien / Sep 1, 2018

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Pope Francis: The Courage To Be Happy and Rejoice and be Glad

Orbis Books Spotlight || What do the pope’s messages to young people and his call to holiness have in common? For one thing, they are both the subjects of new titles...

By Robert Ellsberg / Jul 1, 2018

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The Way of Kindness

Orbis Book Spotlight || The Way of Kindness is the second in a series of writings on virtues that enrich and transform us. The first was The Way of Gratitude....

By Michael Leach / May 1, 2018

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Richard Rohr: Essential Teachings on Love

Orbis Book Spotlight || The latest volume in the Orbis Modern Spiritual Masters Series focuses on the work of Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, founder of the Center...

By Robert Ellsberg / Mar 1, 2018

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Four Women Doctors of the Church

Orbis Book Spotlight || Among the 36 official “Doctors of the Church” are four women—all named in the past 50 years, though the earliest of them lived...

By Robert Ellsberg / Jan 1, 2018

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The Works of Mercy

Collection from Pope Francis || The theme of mercy has been a signature of the pontificate of Pope Francis. As he has noted, “One cannot understand a true...

By Robert Ellsberg / Nov 1, 2017

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The Way of Gratitude Anthology

Readings for a Joyful Life || “Gratitude is not only the posture of praise,” writes Sister Joan Chittister in Orbis Books’ new anthology The Way of Gratitude:...

By James T. Keane / Sep 1, 2017

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Essential Writings

By James Martin, S.J. || A life of poverty, chastity and obedience was the last thing on James Martin’s mind when he began his corporate career at General...

By James T. Keane / Jul 1, 2017

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Vesper Time

The spiritual practice of growing older || What’s beautiful about Vesper Time is that it doesn’t give spiritual exercises for the journey of aging; it shows...

By Michael Leach / May 1, 2017

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The Church Cannot Be Silent

Unpublished letters and other writings. || This March marks the 37th anniversary of the death of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was murdered...

By Robert Ellsberg / Mar 1, 2017

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The Root of War Is Fear

In his new book The Root of War Is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers author and peacemaker Jim Forest draws on his close personal friendship with the famous...

By Jim Forest / Jan 1, 2017

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Power from the Margins

By Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, C.S.B. || Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, the retired bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M., is one of those shepherds immersed...

By Robert Ellsberg / Jan 1, 2017

POPE FRANCIS: Care for Creation

A Call for Ecological Conversion Last year Pope Francis issued his historic encyclical Laudato Si’, expanding the scope of Catholic social teaching to include...

By Robert Ellsberg / Nov 1, 2016

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Morning Homilies III

Morning Homilies III, Pope Francis || Each morning Pope Francis says Mass and offers a short homily for fellow residents and guests in the chapel of St. Martha’s...

By Robert Ellsberg / Jul 1, 2016