Then & Now

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The Messenger Press was founded in 1882 by the Society of the Precious Blood (an order of priests, brothers and nuns of the Catholic Church) in order to print religious materials (in both English and German) for Catholics around the world. During the mid-20th century, monthly subscriptions were as high as 30,000. 








Though now completely independent of the Society, the company is still housed in the facility built for it in 1961. The extensive grounds of the former St. Charles Seminary, now a retirement facility, provide an interesting location for the business. Farming has always been a mainstay of the Society and dairy cattle and grain crops are still raised on the property.