Lansing-based FAITH Catholic is now America’s largest publisher of Catholic magazines

Your Stories
May, 2018

In 2000, Bishop Mengeling and Father Charlie Irvin started the magazine you now are reading – FAITH, the magazine for the Diocese of Lansing. FAITH was the brainchild of Patrick M. O’Brien, who developed the original concept as well as the business plan that grew FAITH into what is now America’s largest publisher of Catholic magazines.

After reviewing an annual assessment of the Catholic press in the United States, it was determined that FAITH Catholic produces more magazines and reaches more homes than any other American Catholic publisher. One of those magazines is this one – FAITH, the magazine of the Diocese of Lansing, which reaches 65,000 homes, or every Catholic home in the Diocese of Lansing. FAITH Catholic now publishes 52 magazines that reach a combined circulation of nearly two million Catholic homes. One in four Americans receiving a publication from their diocese receives a publication from Lansing-based FAITH Catholic.

FAITH Catholic grew by customizing magazines for Catholic dioceses and Catholic organizations. The company now also offers web and digital publishing, integrated marketing services, and products that parishes all over the world buy. FAITH Catholic is home to MassTimes.org and the MassTimes app. FAITH Catholic is the publishing, communications, marketing and technology arm of the Diocese of Lansing, and employs 57 people in three states.


Jesus has called us to go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. FAITH magazine was started in our Diocese of Lansing to assist us in accomplishing this great commission. In only a few years, we were able to turn this one magazine into a publishing service to help dioceses across our country. In years to come, it is our plan to expand this print medium as well as to branch even more into other media as we serve the Church in responding to the Lord’s call. – Bishop Earl Boyea 

I thank Bishop Mengeling and Father Charlie Irvin, who made the decision to start FAITH magazine. I thank our current leaders, Bishop Earl Boyea, and our chairman, Father Dwight Ezop, who have both been so supportive and committed to our mission and growth. Mostly, I thank our dedicated and talented staff and freelancers who produce award-winning, inspiring and beautiful publications that lead so many people into a greater relationship with Jesus and his Church. 
– Patrick M. O’Brien