WASHINGTON (November 30, 2005)—USCCB Publishing has launched a new website, www.usccbpublishing.org, which provides 24/7 access to its complete inventory of resources, with the ability to place a request to order via the Internet.
USCCB Publishing is the official publishing arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"The new USCCB Publishing website gives our primary clients/customers--bishops and diocesan and parish leaders--the ability to contact us with their needs based on their schedule, not ours," said Paul Henderson, executive director, USCCB Publishing.
The new website is searchable by keyword, title, author, product code, and ISBN. Most listed resources also include links to the text online and to the Conference department or office that supports that area.
It includes free resources such as downloadable bulletin inserts, documents online, free newsletters, and practical suggestions on how to use many resources. New and important resources are highlighted. It also contains links to the complete text of the New American Bible, information on the national collections (e.g., Peter's Pence, Catholic Campaign for Human Development), and the full text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Once a request to order has been placed and processed, the customer can track its delivery by UPS through the site. Customers have complete access to their online order history.
The USCCB Publishing website gives helpful ideas on how to use USCCB materials in the "How do I use…" section, features information on significant activities and initiatives of the Conference, and encourages visitors to read and subscribe to various newsletters on catechesis and education (To Teach, a quarterly newsletter), new titles, and upcoming or current events at the Conference.
It also offers links to the latest news about the bishops' conference.
"With the new USCCB Publishing website the Catholic bishops of the United States are able to provide information to a wide audience about the documents and resources that church leaders need for their ministry when and as they need it," Mr. Henderson said. "The new site also means that visitors can interact with the bishops' publishing office at any time, on any day, at their convenience."