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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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