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Chronology

1935

On December 8th, Father André Guay, OMI, founds The Catholic Centre of the University of Ottawa.

1936

Prie avec l’Eglise missalette was launched in June with the English edition called Praying with the Church beginning publication later that same year. The two publications changed names to Living with Christ (in 1948) and Prions en Eglise (in 1965) and continue to this day.

1940

Service de l’homiletique, subsequently renamed Rassembler, is created as a magazine for planning homilies for priests and parish leaders.

1944/1945

A marriage preparation program is launched in French in 1944, is followed by its English counterpart in 1945. The program is so successful, the Anglican and United Churches of Canada adopt the program in 1947 and by 1960. The program is available in 16 languages in 25 countries around the world.

1960

Homiletic Service, subsequently renamed Celebrate!, is published as the English counterpart to Service de l’homiletique.

1969

A short time after its founding institution, the University of Ottawa, became Saint Paul University, and the Ontario government established a secular University of Ottawa, the organization’s name changes to Novalis, inspiring a new logo.

1986

Living with Christ Sunday Missal is launched. Over its 25-year life span, the Sunday Missal has sold over 6 million copies and still sells almost 300,000 copies each year.

2000

Bayard Canada becomes Novalis’ newest partner in marketing and distribution. Bayard is a Montreal-based publisher founded by the Augustinian Fathers of the Assumption.

2005

The Sunday Missal for Young Catholics is launched.

2008

Saint Paul University sells the trademark, work and mission of Novalis to Bayard Canada.

2011

Novalis celebrates several milestones including its own 75th anniversary along with the 50th anniversary of Celebrate!, the 25th anniversary of the Sunday Missal and the sixth anniversary of the Sunday Missal for Young Catholics.