Robert Ellsberg is the editor in chief and publisher of Orbis Books. He is the author of Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses (Liturgical Press).
Faith Short Take
Robert EllsbergJune 15, 2020
‘Black Like Me’ went beyond social observation to examine an underlying disease of the soul.
Daniel Ortega flanks Pope John Paul II who wags his finger at culture minister and priest Ernesto Cardenal, during welcoming ceremonies at the airport in Managua, Nicaragua, in March 1983. (AP Photo/Barricada, File)
Politics & Society Columns
Robert EllsbergMarch 04, 2020
Thomas Merton wrote an introduction to a lyrical book of reflections by Cardenal, Vida en Amor: “In a time of conflict, anxiety, war, cruelty, and confusion, the reader may be surprised that this book is a hymn in praise of love, telling us that ‘all things love one another.’”
Arts & Culture Books
Robert EllsbergApril 30, 2018
God bless you, James: author, teacher, wrestling partner, spiritual godfather, beloved friend.
Faith Short Take
Robert EllsbergSeptember 26, 2017
The saints and heroes of our faith have much to teach us about our contemporary political context.
Faith Features
Robert EllsbergFebruary 21, 2017
We have to take the saints down from their pedestals.
Robert EllsbergApril 22, 2015
I once heard Dorothy say, “When they call you a saint, it means basically that you are not to be taken seriously.”
Robert EllsbergNovember 05, 2012
What the 'Protector of the Indians' found in America
Faith Ideas
Robert EllsbergNovember 15, 2010
New letters reveal the frank sexuality of Dorothy Day.
Faith Ideas
Robert EllsbergNovember 15, 2010

For years after their separation, Dorothy Day continued to hope that her former lover would agree to marry her.

Robert EllsbergSeptember 18, 2006
Henri Nouwen worked with many editors in his life. As it turned out, I was the last. I would not have foreseen this 10 years before, when I first brought him the news that I had been offered a job at Orbis Books. Well, he said, if someone were to ask me if you would be good for this job, I would say