Our History - Bayard Inc. Catholic Publisher North America
Bayard creates periodicals, books, worship and devotional resources, and formation materials to inform and inspire, to spread the Gospel, to explore the beauty of the Catholic faith, and to continue the Church’s rich tradition of dialogue.
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Our History

Owned by the Augustinians of the Assumption,
Bayard Inc. is one of the largest Catholic publishers in North America

Bayard made its first venture in the United States in 1999 when it acquired Twenty-Third Publications. Since that time, Bayard Inc., owned by the Augustinians of the Assumption, has grown to become one of the largest U.S. Catholic publishers and distributors of religious products, with operations in New London CT, Dayton OH, St Louis MO, and Worcester MA.

 

Bayard Inc. owns the Creative Communications for the Parish, Twenty-Third Publications, and Pflaum Publishing Group trademarks, and publishes Catholic Digest, Living with Christ, Living Faith, Catechist, and Today’s Catholic Teacher magazines.

Twenty-Third Publications provides practical, pastoral resources (books, booklets, parish programs) that educate and empower parish leaders—catechists, lay ministers, and pastors—and that nourish the spirituality and encourage the faith-lives of all the People of God.

 

As the publisher of Living Faith Daily Devotions, Good News School Planners and a wide variety of seasonal devotional and worship material, Creative Communications for the Parish produces resources that are scriptural, inspirational, accessible, and affordable for parishes and individuals.

 

Acquired in 2014, The Pflaum Publishing Group presents the faith formation program, The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies as well as resources for sacramental preparation, liturgy of the Word for children, seasonal resources and catechist formation.

Bayard is also present in Canada. Owned by the religious community of les Pères Augustins de l’Assomption, located in Quebec City, the company reaches the Youth, Christian, and Senior markets through a range of print and digital products in English and French: Books, magazines, websites, as well as mobile and interactive applications.

 

The company, which is headquartered in Montreal, employs more than 100 people in its 2 offices–Montreal and Toronto– and 7 business units–Bayard Jeunesse Canada, Novalis, Senior Publications, BLD Publications, Bayard Canada Books, Owlkids, and BND Distribution.