An Interview with Our Founder –

A candid and insightful interview with Catholic Textbook Project founder Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., was recently featured in a national Catholic business journal.  We think you’d enjoy reading it….

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., Founder and President of Catholic Textbook Project


Michael Van Hecke

Michael Van Hecke

It’s a commonplace in education that “a textbook is only as good as the teacher who teaches it.” But according to Michael Van Hecke (pictured left), a seasoned headmaster of a Top 50 school and the founder of the Catholic Textbook Project, sometimes an exceptional textbook can transform a good teacher into … READ MORE>>

1-Essay-PromoCatholic Textbook Project’s president, Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., today announced the official launch of the company’s annual History Essay Contest for Catholic students in Grades 5 through 12. Submission deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017.  Winners will be announced during Catholic Schools Week in early 2018.  Interested teachers may obtain contest rules and classroom posters at here:

Pamela Rains

Pamela Rains

Catholic Textbook Project recently welcomed Pamela Rains of Issaquah, WA, to its expanding sales team. Rain’s territory covers Catholic schools and dioceses within the states of Oregon and Washington, and all of Canada. Rains’ expertise includes eight years of teaching in a Catholic elementary school and in a private school.  In the private school she taught social studies and language arts to behavior-challenged high school students.  Her sales experience spans more than 17 years, all focused on selling books to Catholic schools and parishes.  Clearly terrific serving others and addressing their needs, the high note of her (more…)

This Week in History

The Religious Peace of Augsburg: September 25, 1555

The following text comes from our high school book, Lands of Hope and Promise: A History of North America. To see sample chapters of this book, go here. For ordering information on Lands of Hope and Promise and our other texts, please click here. 

Charles V in 1548, by Titian

Charles V’s last years were spent trying to break the power of the Schmalkaldic League of Protestant German princes while protecting the eastern borders of the empire against the Turks. In 1544, he was forced to grant religious rights to the Protestant princes in return for their aid against Suleiman. In 1546, however, the emperor opened a war against the Schmalkaldic League. Over the next year, he conquered southern Germany and then moved into Saxony. In 1547 he imprisoned Philip of Hesse, one of the most powerful Lutheran princes.

Charles had humbled the Protestant princes, but they were still powerful. In 1551 the new king of France, Henry II, made a new alliance with the German Protestant princes. The following year, King Henry invaded territories in the western part of the empire. Though Charles signed a treaty with the Protestant princes, for the next three years, three of them waged a war of plunder in Germany. Finally, in 1554, a tired Charles left the reins of the empire to his brother Ferdinand, the archduke of Austria. (more…)

This Week in History

A New Era Begins: September 20, 1792

This text comes from our book, Light to the Nations II: The Making of the Modern World. See sample chapters, here. For ordering information on Light to the Nations II and our other texts, please click here.

In the months following the overthrow of the king, France fell into anarchy. Deep divisions (the Girondins against the extremists, the departments against Paris, and royalists against the revolution) destroyed all order. The French army seemed to be disintegrating; and everything was thrown into confusion by the news that on August 19, Lafayette had deserted the army he commanded and fled to the Austrians. The same day, the allied armies for the first time crossed the French frontier. After capturing the town of Langwy, the Duke of Brunswick laid siege to Verdun, the last major stronghold before Paris. The enemy stood about 150 miles from the capital.

In Paris, Danton, as the leader of the Executive Council, was trying to unite the factions and bring order to government. He could do little. Anger and hate and fear were at a fever pitch. Without Danton’s knowledge, a plot was set afoot. Shortly after the king’s imprisonment, the Executive Council had ordered the imprisonment of all those who were suspected of sympathy with Louis and the invaders. Well over a thousand men and women, including nobles and priests, had been incarcerated Now a band of extremists, led by Marat, plotted to do “justice” on these so-called traitors and counterrevolutionaries. (more…)