In 1993, Kevin Knight, then a 26-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, was inspired, during the visit of Pope John Paul II to that city for World Youth Day, to launch a project to publish the 1913 edition of the 1907–1912 Catholic Encyclopedia on the Internet. Knight founded the website New Advent to house the undertaking. Volunteers from the United States, Canada, France and Brazil helped in the transcription of the original material. The site went online in 1995 and transcription efforts finished in 1997.
As of June 2018[update], New Advent contains 595 works, namely: the Catholic Encyclopedia; the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas; 421 English translations of works of the Church Fathers; a presentation in parallel columns of the entire Bible in the Greek Septuagint, the English Knox Bible, and the Latin Vulgate; and 171 papal encyclicals and other Church documents.
Many of these documents are provided with hyperlinks to others that give further information on the topics touched on.
The New Advent homepage gives links to many other sites that provide news and commentary of Catholic interest.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- Internet Sacred Text Archive
- List of digital library projects
- "Online Catholic Encyclopedia Completed". Catholic Online. June 26, 2000.
- Vogt, Brandon (9 July 2012). "Interview with Kevin Knight – On New Advent and Digitizing Catholic Tradition". Ignitum. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- "Church fathers". New Advent. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "Catholic Library". New Advent. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "Website Review: New Advent Catholic Supersite". CatholicCulture.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- "New Advent". UC Santa Barbara Library. Retrieved 28 December 2014.