OUR MISSION

The mission of Cluny Media LLC is to promote the Catholic intellectual tradition and the values of traditional Judeo-Christian culture by supporting educators and families through the publication and dissemination of out-of-print books and the collection and efficient dissemination of educational materials.

We chose the name Cluny in tribute to the medieval Benedictine monastery and reform movement famous for dedication to the preservation of Catholic culture. As Pope Benedict XVI related during a 2009 General Audience:

“Cluny recalled the primacy of spiritual benefits; it kept alive the aspiration to the things of God; it inspired and encouraged initiatives and institutions for the promotion of human values; it taught a spirit of peace.” We invoke the Cluniac commitment to the preservation of Catholic books and manuscripts as an inspiration in our efforts to counter today’s secular forces.

We believe that knowledge and appreciation of the truth and beauty of the Catholic intellectual tradition and Judeo-Christian values are essential to form children and young adults into faithful Catholics and to develop deeper Faith and more meaningful lives for adults and families. Cluny exists to produce books, articles, and other materials that teach or reflect that Tradition. We have formed Cluny, however, not to sell books we know and love, but to support the individuals and institutions engaged on the “Front Line” in preserving and promoting our Tradition.

OUR WHY

Our Mission

Cluny Media seeks to promote the Catholic intellectual tradition and the values of traditional Judeo-Christian culture by supporting educators and families through the publication and dissemination of out-of-print books and the collection and efficient dissemination of educational materials.

What's in a Name?

We chose the name Cluny in tribute to the medieval Benedictine monastery and reform movement famous for dedication to the preservation of Catholic culture. As Pope Benedict XVI related during a 2009 General Audience:

Cluny recalled the primacy of spiritual benefits; it kept alive the aspiration to the things of God;

it inspired and encouraged initiatives and institutions for the promotion of human values; it taught a spirit of peace.

We invoke the Cluniac commitment to the preservation of Catholic books and manuscripts as an inspiration in our efforts to counter today’s secularizing forces.

With Knowledge & Love

We believe that knowledge and appreciation of the truth and beauty of the Catholic intellectual legacy and Judeo-Christian values are essential to form children and young adults into faithful Catholics and to develop deeper Faith and more meaningful lives for adults and families.

Support Over Sales

We have formed Cluny, however, not to sell just the books we know and love, but to support the individuals and institutions engaged on the “Front Line” of evangelization.

Those on the Front Line include:

  • College professors, especially at Catholic institutions;
  • Catholic and “academy” secondary and elementary schools and faculty;
  • Home-schooling families;
  • School libraries;`
  • Religious orders;
  • College programs such as Catholic Studies, Western Civilization, and other “core” requirements, such as theology, philosophy, and English common readings;
  • New Evangelization initiatives, whether diocesan, parish, or non-profit; and
  • Catholic associations, professional groups, and businesses.

OUR BIG IDEA

Many publishers produce wonderful Catholic content. Our “big idea," what makes Cluny different from other publishers, is that we work directly with recognized experts on the Front Line to select and market out-of-print books that have offered important contributions to the development of Catholic thought and values. Two consequences flow from this simple idea:

 

First, the Front Line will have more and better resources to support their efforts to preserve and promote the Catholic intellectual tradition.

 

Second, Cluny’s catalog will be a source of guidance for those interested in learning more about Catholicism and Catholic culture. Readers will be able to rely on Cluny to identify, from among an overwhelming number of titles and editions, those works that are true to the Church’s teachings and have inherent worth as scholarship or literature.

 

IMAGES

Beauty That Testifies to God's Goodness

Almost all the photographs on this site, except for photos of individuals, are the creative work of Lawrence Lew, O.P., a Friar of the English Province. Father Lew has generously given us permission to use any and all of the over 12,000 photographs he has taken and posted on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/people/paullew/. Time spent with Father Lawrence’s images provides great insight into the Church’s intellectual tradition and a vicarious experience of the glory of God’s creation.

Here are just a few of the testimonials to Father Lawrence’s art that we captured on Flickr:

"St. Thomas Aquinas described the Dominican vocation thus: “contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere,” to contemplate and hand the fruits of that contemplation to others. In the pulpit or with camera in hand, Fr. Lawrence does just that. If you are Catholic and seeking inspiration, find it here; if you are not Catholic and wondering what it’s all about, Fr. Lawrence will teach you. Even if you have no particular religion but are attracted to beauty, come and see."

 

"Through his lens viewers obtain a glimpse into a spiritual world and lifestyle and yet his images are often also very worldly."

 

"To anyone who aims to capture interiors faithfully, sympathetically and with creativity, Lawrence is an inspiration. He is a craftsman and an artist, painstakingly careful, sensitive to detail, and as good at what he does best as anyone."

 

"His images are charged with a deep, authoritative spirituality, and become a touchstone to something which is at once deeply grounded and numinous."

Bless you, Father Lawrence.