The Catholic University of America Press

Press History


The Catholic University of America Press, also known as CUA Press, is the academic publishing house of the Catholic University of America. Founded on November 14, 1939, and incorporated on July 16, 1941, the Press is a founding member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). Its editorial offices are located on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The Press currently publishes 40 new titles annually, with particular emphasis on disseminating scholarship in the areas of theology, philosophy, church history, and medieval studies. Its distinguished publications are authored by scholars around the world and are peer-reviewed. The Press is widely recognized for the publication of the Fathers of the Church series, in which the rich heritage of East and West come alive through English translations of the Greek and Latin writings of the church fathers. With more than 120 volumes in print, including translations of Saint Augustine’s Confessions and City of God, the series offers brilliant scholarship of historical, literary, and theological significance. The Press also offers numerous studies on the philosophy and theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas, as well as several translations of his writings.

The Press publishes learned journals such as The Catholic Historical Review, which is the official publication of the American Catholic Historical Association, U.S. Catholic Historian, and The Jurist: Studies in Church Law and Ministry.


Notable Titles:

The Press’s bestselling title is A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin by John Collins (1985). The chief aim of this primer is to give the student, within one year of study, the ability to read ecclesiastical Latin. Collins includes the Latin of Saint Jerome's Bible, of canon law, of the liturgy and papal bulls, of scholastic philosophers, and of the Ambrosian hymns, providing a survey of texts from the fourth century through the Middle Ages. An Answer Key to A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin is available.

Other popular titles include:

Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI); The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges; Ethica Thomistica by Ralph McInerny; The Sources of Christian Ethics by Servais Pinckaers; The Treatise on Laws by Gratian; The Refashioning of Catholicism by Robert Bireley; Pius XII and the Holocaust by Jose M. Sanchez; A Thomas More Source Book edited by Gerard B. Wegemer and Stephen W. Smith; The Mind That is Catholic by James V. Schall; The God of Faith and Reason by Robert Sokolowski; Saint Thomas Aquinas by Jean Pierre Torrell; Women in Early Christianity edited by Elizabeth Clark; The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition by Willmoore Kendall and George W. Carey; and Democracy and the Ethical Life by Claes G. Ryn


Notable Authors:

Press authors include Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Ralph McInerny, Romanus Cessario O.P., James V. Schall S.J., Robert Sokolowski, John F. Wippel, Jean-Pierre Torrell O.P., Martin Rhonheimer, Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan, Gilles Emery O.P., Paul Griffiths, George Cardinal Pell, and William Harmless S.J..