About New Springtime Press

New Springtime Press sprang from the saying Necessity is the mother of invention.

When her children were young, Karen Congeni searched for children’s books to read to them, contemporary stories written from a Catholic perspective. She found prayer books, stories of the saints, and Bible stories. She found reprints of delightful older children’s stories. While these books had wonderful worth, there still seemed to be a need for children’s stories with contemporary ideas and language that remained faithfully Catholic in vision. For instance, of the thousands of children’s books published annually, she searched and searched for a picture book featuring a family with many children. With the exception of mice and rabbit families, she found nothing. Over the years, friends and acquaintances shared the same frustration concerning the dearth of such books.

After years of prayer and discernment, and in particular, through the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, along with the prayers of Our Blessed Mother and Pope John Paul II (and many others), she felt called to help fill this void. On May 13, 2009, New Springtime Press was born.

In January, 2010, she got a call from a man in her parish saying that the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was in town, and would she like to have the image in her home. Several days later, the first shipment of books arrived (weeks ahead of the original schedule), and a few hours later, on that same day, in the midst of a terrible snowstorm, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image arrived. It appeared as if our Blessed Mother had come to bless this mission.

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