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Interviews from Antiochian.org

John Maddex Discusses Conciliar Press Move

Recently, Antiochian.org caught up with busy Conciliar Media Ministries CEO John Maddex, to get his perspective on the recent Conciliar warehouse move to the Chicago area.

1.  Over the holidays, Conciliar Press moved to a new warehouse location. Tell us first of all, where you are now, and how things are coming along as you resettle your books into a new space.

Maddex:  We have relocated to the Chicago area using the services of a professional fulfillment center which serves dozens of publishers.  We began filling orders from the new location on January 4 and officially shut down operations in Ben Lomond, CA on January 15.  I want to add here that our faithful staff in Ben Lomond worked valiantly with wonderful attitudes to help prepare for the transition all the way to the last day when the truck left for Illinois. They are a wonderful group of people.

2.  Can you give us a little background as to why Conciliar decided to relocate?

Maddex:  As part of our long term strategy for streamlining and efficiency, it made sense to get out of the fulfillment business and allow a service who does nothing but fulfillment to better serve our customers.  This translates into longer hours, savings from the economy of scale on things like packaging materials, picking and packing, large scale relationships with the major shipping companies and a more centralized part of the country to ship to and from.

Lucia: Saint of Light + An Interview with Conciliar Press Author

In anticipation of St. Lucia's feast day on December 13, Ginny Nieuwsma interviews Katherine Hyde, author of Conciliar's recent release, Lucia: Saint of Light

1. What was the genesis for this book?

I've had a love for St. Lucia ever since I moved to California in 1992 and was invited to participate in a St. Lucia festival hosted by my friends, Nektarios and Anna Burkett. When the Conciliar Press editorial board (on which I serve) decided they wanted more picture books about women saints, I knew I wanted to write one, and St. Lucia immediately came to mind.

2. Who are the children you had in mind, during the writing process?

Antiochian Author Jane Meyer Releases The Woman and The Wheat

In time for Christmas gift giving, SVS Press has released Jane Meyer’s The Woman and the Wheat, the second book in a set that also includes The Man and the Vine. The books tell the story of the making of Eucharistic bread and wine, and are complimented by the artistic skills of illustrator Ned Gannon. To order, click here.

In an interview, author Meyer explained, “the book highlights that time in church when something temporal becomes something eternal.”  Read interview here: