History and Mission

Sophia Institute Press publishes and distributes faithful Catholic classics and new texts by the great enduring figures of the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Sophia was established to nurture the spiritual, moral, and cultural life of souls and to spread the Gospel of Christ in conformity with the authentic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 25 years, Sophia has published more than 200 titles and distributed nearly 2.5 million books worldwide to hundreds of thousands of individuals, bookstores, and institutions.  Sophia’s authors include St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Therese of Lisieux, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Dietrich von Hildebrand, and many others.

John Barger, the founder of Sophia and its long-time President, retired in early 2012. John did what many could not—he sacrificed a lifetime in order to bring the enduring truths of our Catholic Faith to the world.  John deserves our gratitude, our praise, and our prayers for building an apostolate that has done so much for the church over the years.

In 2011, Sophia Institute began its affiliation with two faithfully Catholic colleges—Holy Spirit College in Atlanta, and the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire.  Although Sophia remains an independent organization based in New England, we also serve as the publishing division of these two institutions.

Whether you need to improve your prayer life or be given the strength to resist the snares of the Devil, you are sure to find on our website a book that meets your spiritual needs and helps you to grow in holiness.

Sophia Institute is a non-profit corporation as defined by the IRS Code, Sect. 501(c)(3). Tax I.D. 22-2548708.

The Meaning of “Sophia”…

Catholics understand philosophy (philo: love; and sophia: wisdom) to be the love of wisdom — wisdom which reaches back, as did St. Thomas Aquinas, to the Greeks (Plato and Aristotle) and rises up through theology to the holy wisdom (or hagia sophia) of God Himself.

In the Old Testament, too, we find the holy wisdom of God, often personified as a great queen who teaches and protects the faithful. (See Proverbs, Sirach, and the Wisdom of Solomon.)

The Virgin Mary has also traditionally been considered a model of holy wisdom grounded in fear of the Lord. This Catholic tradition culminated architecturally in what was for centuries the largest church in Christendom, the formidableHagia Sophia (the Church of the Holy Wisdom) that still dominates the dramatic skyline of Istanbul.

The name “Sophia” is therefore triply apt for our Press which seeks to publish works of holy wisdom that are faithful to the tradition of the Church.

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