Our History & Mission
Light & Life began very quietly in 1966 without any inkling of some day becoming a major Orthodox Publishing Company. It was launched with its first publication of Eastern Orthodoxy: A Way of Life by Anthony Coniaris. While the author had no plans to write this book (or any book for that matter) in hindsight, it is quite clear that God had other plans. The book came about due to the relentless promptings of a retired school teacher who exhorted her local priest to compile his sermons in book form for others’ spiritual benefit. Slowly, other publications followed. Over time, more than 200 titles have been published by Light & Life. Additionally, a host of booklets and pamphlets on various topics have also been printed.
The first catalog covered a total of eight pages. Over time it grew to be over 200 pages containing all of our publications in addition to a treasure trove of titles on Orthodoxy by a variety of Orthodox sources. Also included were Bibles, Prayer Books, Icons, Byzantine jewelry, gift items, worship items, note cards, children’s material, cookbooks, software, CDs, audio, religious education materials and more.
We felt God’s hand on this company from the beginning and because of this our mission at Light & Life is to:
Increase the personal knowledge of Jesus Christ and His Church through the written word, serve our customers efficiently, and bring ultimate glory to the life-giving Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
From its humble beginnings, now over 50 years later, Light & Life became one of the largest Orthodox Distributors in the world. We believe that this was due to God’s grace and your patronage.
The beginning of 2017 ushers in an exciting new phase for our Light & Life titles. The Department of Religious Education (DRE), of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will now be the source for purchasing our Light & Life titles. Over the decades, Light & Life has had a wonderful working relationship with the DRE and we are honored to pass the baton to them to continue distributing our books. You, our dear customers, will be in good hands! Our continual prayer is that these books encourage each reader to shine their light a bit brighter for Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Vice-President of Light & Life