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 are the authorized publisher of the reissued works of Martin Thornton, having received permission from Monica Thornton, Martin’s wife. Overall, Akenside Press provides resources to support the health of Anglican patrimony, which in its most profound sense means the English School of Catholic spirituality.
Our mission is the renewal of Catholic reality in Anglican parish life. “Catholic reality” means faith, culture, imagination, theology, practice, inclusively. See here for a brief description of the characteristics of English spirituality. 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. “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.
It takes looking at English/Anglican spirituality as a whole to begin to discern its true membership in Catholic tradition. Its tapestry of spirituality incorporates theological and pastoral insights from the Celtic tradition, Saints Augustine and Benedict, the Cistercian Fathers (including Saint Bernard and William of St Thierry), the Victorines, the Franciscans, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and more. It flowered through Saint Anselm, English anchorites and solitaries, English Cistercians, Walter Hilton and the Canons Regular, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Richard Rolle and later through Richard Hooker, George Herbert, Lancelot Andrewes, Jeremy Taylor, John Keble, Edward Pusey, Charles Gore, Evelyn Underhill, William Temple, Michael Ramsey, Eric Mascall, Ian Ramsey, A.M. Allchin, John Macquarrie, and others.
This tradition, often unknown and therefore marginalized, yet still a vital and active ferment, is a unique member of the family of Christian spiritual schools, distinct yet in sacramental fellowship with Roman, Orthodox, Old Catholic, and Oriental Catholic schools and traditions. Also see “On Catholic Anglicanism.”
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 historic 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
Mark Roosien; Fr Thomas Fraser; Br John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B. — Theological Consultants
Nathaniel Marshall, Obl.S.B. — Fellow-in-Residence
Joyce Garcia — Editorial Consultant
Steve Bortman — Production Consultant