Word & Life Publications Publisher’s Profile and Achievements
The name WORD & LIFE dynamically synthesizes this objective, while the logo (the book of the Bible right in the center of the Philippines) visualizes the role of God’s Word in the life of the Filipino people.
Its mother publication is the periodical WORD & LIFE (WL). In addition to this magazine, which is now in its 25th year of existence, WLP is currently publishing the following periodicals: Exploring God’s Word (EGW), Ang Bagong Salita at Buhay, EGW-Teacher’s Notes, WL-Teacher’s Guide, The Word of God, Ang Salita ng Diyos, The Messenger of Divine Love, Pambatang Katekesis, Euchalette, and Patnubay sa Misa.
All these periodicals, except The Messenger of Divine Love, focus on the Word of God as used in the Sunday liturgical celebrations. They are intended to enable all Catholic faithful, and especially Catholic young people, Catechists, Lectors, Commentators, Lay Ministers of the Eucharist, members of BECs and parish-mandated organizations, to get a good working knowledge of the Biblical readings and themes of every Sunday and all major feast days.
Recently, in a concerted effort to increase the availability of Sacred Scripture in the Philippines, WLP has co-published with other Catholic Publishers the complete Bible in English, Tagalog and Cebuano.
WLP has also been serving the catechetical ministry in the Philippines through the publication of several catechism, such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium; the Catechism for Filipino Catholics, and its Tagalog version: Katesismo para sa mga Pilipinong Katoliko (both in complete and abridged versions); and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. It has also published numerous encyclicals and apostolic exhortations, such as: Evangelium Vitae, Dies Domini, Deus Caritas Est, Sacramentum Caritatis, Spe Salvi, Caritas in Veritate, Verbum Domini, Lumen Fideiand the most recentEvangelii Gaudium. It has enriched these documents of the Magisterium with Subject Indexes and other precious Study Aids.
WLP has also greatly contributed to the renewal of popular devotions in the Philippines by publishing a New Way of the Cross, The Trail of Light, and a maze of pamphlets on the Rosary, the Eucharist and the Holy Shroud. All those have been made available in posters, pamphlets, leaflets, stampitas, and DVDs. WLP also published in comics the lives of various saints such as:Pedro Calungsod, Don Bosco, and Damien of Molokai.
In addition to these materials, WLP, in cooperation with Word Media Ministry (WMM) and other institutions, has organized exhibits on the Holy Rosary in Glorietta (2003) and on the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Glorietta and the Philippine National Bank head officein Manila (2004).
Since Easter 1992, WLP has been engaged in an outreach activity called “God’s Word to the Lonely? Every two months, more than 600 copies of its periodicals (specifically Word & Life magazine, Ang Bagong Salita at Buhay, and The Messenger of Divine Love) are given – free of charge – to the chaplains of Metro Manila hospitals and more than a dozen prisons nationwide. Because of this, the sick and the prisoners are given hope and inspiration as they read God’s Word, and are also empowered to spread the Good News in their respective environments using these materials from WLP.
In cooperation with WMM, WLP has also been airing on Radio Veritas (846 kHz) a weekly program entitled “Bisperas sa Veritas? since 2004. The program is broadcast live every Saturday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM with Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB and Fr. Bernard Nolasco, SDB, as co-hosts, together with lay volunteers of WMM. The target audience is the Filipino family. The objective is to help people prepare for the Sunday Mass.
Because of the usefulness of WLP’s products in teaching the faith and in inspiring people, some of its products have already been translated and/or published in other countries like India (The Promise, The Acts of the Apostles), China (Way of the Cross), and the US (Litany of the Sacred Heart).
WLP is also spreading God’s Word online. It has Facebook pages (Word & Life Publications / Wordandlife Ph), a youtube channel (WordandLife Barkada) and a website (www.wordandlife.org). The Word & Life website is very popular and essential to Filipinos – as well as missionaries – all over the world because from there they can download the Sunday missalettes for FREE. For many Filipinos overseas (and even non-Filipinos), especially in non-Christian countries, this website is their only lifeline to nurture their faith.