Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media is a not for profit company that distributes CDs and digital downloads of Catholic-themed content. Lighthouse has provided CD programs to over 7,500 Roman Catholic parishes throughout the United States and Canada and has distributed over 10 million audio CDs on Catholic topics.[1]


Lighthouse Catholic Media was founded in 2005, by Mark Middendorf, Terry Barber and Dave Durand. Middendorf was inspired to start Lighthouse Catholic Media after listening to cassette tapes by Scott Hahn and other Catholic speakers.[2] Using his business knowledge garnered from a successful career in corporate sales, Middendorf began distributing tapes to family and friends. He then met Terry Barber, founder of St. Joseph Communications (one of Middendorf's early tape suppliers), and Dave Durand and started Lighthouse Catholic Media as a full-time pursuit. Middendorf notes, "'The Lord puts the people He wants us to meet along our path - we simply need to be open ourselves to recognize these beacons of light along the road and orient ourselves to His inspirations.[3]

Lighthouse makes available audio CDs and MP3s at a relatively low cost in order to ensure that they are affordable for as many people as possible. In the last few years, Lighthouse has developed a comprehensive Parish Kiosk program.[4] The Parish Kiosk program distributes CD display cases to Catholic parishes throughout the United States and Canada. The Kiosk's are stocked with a variety of Lighthouse CDs available for free, although goodwill donations are accepted to help to cover the cost.

Lighthouse Catholic Media has recently announced plans to distribute audio CDs in India where more than 17 million Catholics reside. Additionally, they are planning to distribute in Australia and Ireland in the near future.[5]

Military Download Program

Lighthouse Catholic Media also distributes their audio downloads through a partnership with the Archdiocese of the United States Military headed by Archbishop Timothy Broglio. Donors are able to make donations to Lighthouse which in turn makes downloads available to U.S. men and women serving in the Armed Forces.


  2. National Catholic Register July 20–26, 2008 -
  3. Envoy Magazine, Issue 9.2
  4. Envoy Magazine, Issue 9.2
  5. "Lighthouse Catholic Media".

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