Friday, March 11, 2011

A Tour of WLP and J.S. Paluch

Friday greetings to all.

We just completed a tour here at WLP. Several university students in a Liturgical Music course at DePaul University here in Chicago spent a few hours with us this morning. We walked them through the process that a piece of submitted music goes through here. The students visited each of our departments: editorial, art and production, marketing, customer service, and permissions. We then visited the printing plant, where thousands of J.S.Paluch parish bulletins and many of WLP's resources are printed.

Even though I work here on a day-to-day basis, it is quite amazing to witness the wide variety of work done here at World Library Publications and the J. S. Paluch Company.

I told the students two major things about our company. First, that we embrace a mission to serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church. Secondly, that our corporate culture here embraces a family model. Since 1913, we have been Catholic family-owned and run. That makes a big difference to the people who work here, our composers, artists, and authors. There isn't a day that goes by when I do not hear the word "family" used around here when referring to our company and its divisions.

The students had lots to absorb this morning. Just standing in a printing plant with several presses running at the same time is a unique experience. I hope that their time here was beneficial for them. They have finals next week, so I will be saying a little prayer for them in the coming days.

I hope your weekend is a good one and that the First Sunday of Lent is filled with God's grace.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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