History and Mission

Sophia Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that nurtures the spiritual, moral, and cultural life of souls and spreads the Gospel of Christ in conformity with the authentic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Sophia Institute operates several apostolates which include the following:

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Sophia Institute Press publishes and distributes faithful Catholic classics and new texts by the great enduring figures of the Catholic intellectual tradition. In 25 years, we have published 300 titles and distributed 3 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.



Sophia Institute for Teachers was launched in 2013 to provide Catholic school teachers with the background knowledge, teaching strategies, and classroom materials they need to engage their students with the Catholic Faith. We fulfill this mission through in-person training programs hosted throughout the country, classroom-ready lesson plans, an online Catholic Curriculum Exchange, and more. You can learn more about Sophia Institute for Teachers at www.SophiaInstituteforTeachers.org.


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Sophia SketchPad was launched in 2014 as part of Sophia Institute for Teachers. These videos use some of the most innovative tools to explain the Catholic Faith. Tens of thousands have viewed the two videos we have released this far: one to explain the Eucharist, and another to explain the Biblical roots and importance of Confession. You can watch these videos at www.SophiaSketchPad.org.


SophiaOnDemand logoSophia On-Demand offers online courses designed by and for K-12 Catholic educators. They combine university-level learning with practical classroom applications for only $149.99. For only $9.99 we offer short, topic-specific webinars that are packed with practical lesson ideas, guidance from Master teachers, and classroom materials that can be used right away. You can view our growing list of courses at www.SophiaInstituteforTeachers.org/OnDemand.


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Catholic Exchange publishes a series of accessible articles and helpful tools for spiritual growth each day that enriches and strengthens hundreds of thousands of Catholics in the Faith. We seek to make saints in our own time, especially among those who live busy lives but still seek to grow in friendship with Christ. Visit at www.CatholicExchange.com.


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Crisis Magazine publishes a series of articles each day that reminds hundreds of thousands of Catholics of their heritage and givens them confidence to defend the common good, a just society, the teachings of the Church, the family, the dignity of work, and the sanctity of life. Crisis Magazine aims to form both the intellect and the spirituality of its readers in a scholarly, but accessible way. Visit at www.CrisisMagazine.com.

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.

Our Staff

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Front row: Michael Lichens, Veronica Burchard, Jose Gonzalez Middle row: Sheila Perry, Elisabeth Rochon, Shannon McClure, Aja McCarthy, Molly Rublee, Claudette Billodeau Back row: Dave Michaud, Charlie McKinney, Dave Burglund


Got questions?
Email Shannon McClure at smcclure@sophiainstitute.com

Claudette Billodeau [Email]
Accounts and Billing Manager

Veronica Burchard [Email]
VP for Education Programs, Sophia Institute for Teachers

Dave Burglund [Email]
Inventory and Fulfillment Manager

Jose Gonzales [Email]
Director of Professional Development, Sophia Institute for Teachers

Michael Lichens [Email]
Editor, Catholic Exchange

Aja McCarthy [Email]
Director of Marketing

Shannon McClure [Email]
Administrative Assistant

Charlie McKinney [Email]

Dave Michaud [Email]
Inventory Control Specialist

Sheila Perry [Email]
Production Manager

Elisabeth Rochon [Email]
Education Programs Coordinator, Sophia Institute for Teachers

Molly Rublee [Email]
Marketing Associate

Margaret Schay [Email]
Director of Advertising