Akenside Press is a publishing ministry and learning community founded by Father Matthew Dallman. We believe, practice, and teach the full Catholic Faith, and support and promote authentic Catholic culture. We embrace the Seven Sacraments as instituted by Christ within the Apostolic Church (and therefore unchangeable except by Ecumenical Council), as well as the necessity of both a Catholic/sacramental imagination and a robust devotion to Our Lady.
We are the sole, authorized publisher of the reissued works of Martin Thornton, having received permission from Monica Thornton, Martin’s wife. We regard Fr Thornton as the primary voice of Anglican patrimony in its spiritual, pastoral, and ascetical aspects. His voice is both catalyst and guide as we provide resources to support the health of Anglican patrimony, which in its most profound sense means the English School of Catholic spirituality. See here for a brief description of the characteristics of English spirituality.
Our mission is the renewal of Catholic reality in Anglican parish life.
- “Catholic reality” means faith, Sacraments and sacramentality, culture, imagination, theology, practice, inclusively. We hold that any view of Anglican Christianity that does not account for both pre-Reformation English Christianity as well as post-Reformation English Christianity is an inadequate and partial perspective on Anglican patrimony. Also see “On Catholic Anglicanism.
- “Anglican parish life” recognizes that authentic Catholic Anglican spirituality is rooted in, and is only truly apprehended within the context of, a parish. The English School is primarily parochial, and grows from both the pastoral relationships between parish priest and congregation as well as the domesticity of the parish as an ascetical organism that reaches into the homes of the parishioners, and out into their neighborhoods.
Akenside Press accepts submissions of book proposals, proposals for other kinds of projects, and manuscripts that align with our distinct mission. In particular, Akenside Press seeks to add to the ongoing studies of the theology of John Macquarrie and Martin Thornton, and of liturgical theology, spirituality, and/or catechesis for use by faithful Anglicans in parishes and families. See Father Dallman’s email below with inquiries.
Akenside Press was founded by Father Matthew Dallman in 2012 and began within the community of Saint Paul’s, Riverside, a Catholic parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. It now operates in the Parish of Tazewell County, within the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.
Fr Matthew Dallman — Founder
Nathaniel Marshall, Obl.S.B. — Fellow-in-Residence
Mark Roosien; Fr Thomas Fraser; Br John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B. — Theological Consultants
Steve Bortman — Production Consultant