With the recent news of Crisis magazine getting rid of the print version and going web only it is quite interesting that Envoy Magazine, which has not published for the last three years, is back. On my way into the Church I read all of the back issues they had online and then subscribed to the magazine. For those who have never read Envoy it has a different style than most Catholic magazines. While the magazine has a heavy emphasis on apologetics, it does it with a unique style. From the graphic layout on down it is a fun magazine to read and their is humor interspersed within the magazine and usually a one page parody. In some ways my own blog was influenced by Envoy’s parodies and their parody site smellsandbells.com (which is no longer around but is in the internet archive)
People who had been subscribed to Envoy can expect to have new issues delieved to them and I received mine two days ago. Envoy is just as good as it was and is back with some of the same great authors such as Tim Staples, Carl Olson, and of course the magazines founder Patrick Madrid.
Now to give a full disclosure – a couple of months ago Patrick Madrid contacted me about contributing to Envoy’s humor section. Patrick is behind the majority of the humor in the magazine and is quite a funny guy himself with such classics as his Top Ten: Orthodox Catholic Pickup Lines. So is was quite a honor to be invited on to contribute ideas from time to time. The first issue only contains one line from me for Pat’s Top Ten Rejected Envoy Marketing Slogan, but the other nine were better than my suggestions anyway. So we will just have to see how many of my ideas make it in, but Patrick Madrid has some pretty funny ideas that I was able to build on.
This time around Envoy is based at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina at what is called the Envoy Institute. You can sign up for a free issue here. Envoy is bimonthly and you can subscribe to a print edition or to a reduced price PDF version.