In 1981 the Philippine Province of the Claretian Missionaries initiated a program of dialogue between Latin America and the Philippines as a special service to the local Church to provoke an openness and establish a network of communication between countries and continents, especially in the Third World. Fr. Alberto Rossa, CMF an Argentine Claretian in the Philippines was assigned to coordinate the “dialogue project” on a “part-time basis”. It was in this context that the idea of following up the initial dialogue through publications came.
There were also other factors that would eventually encourage the establishment of a new publishing house in the Philippines; there was the Chabacano (a Filipinized form of Spanish which is the language in the mission area of the Congregation in the Southern Philippines) New Testament translation project of the Congregation, then the work of Br. Tony Daufi, CMF, who by 1980 had published some catechetical materials with the help of the USA Western Province, and finally, the contacts with the Claretians of the USA Eastern Province and their assistance to the Philippine Claretians through co-publications of books on religious life and initial financial assistance.
Hence, Claretian Publications was formally established in 1983, with Fr. Alberto Rossa, CMF as its first director. CP began with only a part-time director, a secretary and an assistant. By 1984, CP bought an old and small printing press to be paid in three years from its own funds. And the press was housed in the basement of the parish church in Quezon City. Today, CP has established a name in religious publishing with quality printing and contents. The books sell at a price people can afford as it responds to the call of evangelization using what is most urgent, timely and effective.
Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. (CCFI) is a pastoral endeavor of the Claretian Missionaries that brings the Word of God to people from all walks of life. It aims to promote integral evangelization and renewed spirituality that is geared towards empowerment and total liberation in response to the needs and challenges of the Church today. Founded in 1981, CCFI was initially called Claretian Publications, Inc. and later on Claretian Communications, Inc. A member of the Claretian Publishing Group and the Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc., CCFI is an established name in religious publishing. Books are sold at a price people can afford as a response to the call of evangelization using what is most urgent, timely and effective. Our books are available nationwide in partner-outlets, schools and bookstore chains.
As a Claretian Pastoral endeavor of the Claretian Miisionaries in the Philippines that brings the word of God to people from all walks of life, We commit ourselves to promote integral evangelization and renewed spirituality that is geared towards empowerment and total liberation in response to the needs and challenges of the church today.
We, The Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc., envision to be a leading religious publisher in Asia and the Pacific.
To be at the service in helping the Formation of the Clergy, Religious, Missionaries and Evangelized lay Evangelizers.