OSV Institute Calls for Grant Applications for Innovative Church Programs

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After more than 100 years of supporting thousands of initiatives throughout the U.S. Catholic Church, Our Sunday Visitor is relaunching their OSV Institute with a strategic vision for serving the future of the Church in the U.S.

The Institute is expanding its reach by focusing on three specific challenges facing the church: millennial re-engagement, Hispanic outreach and Catholic parenting resources — areas that have a great impact on the future of the Church and need more resources to cultivate results and broaden impact.

“By zeroing in on these three initiatives, we can target our resources to maximize impact in the Church and help it thrive in the 21st century,” said Jason Shanks, President of the Institute.

True to the vision of its founder, Archbishop John Francis Noll, profits made from OSV’s printing and publishing is not only reinvested in the Church, but intentionally appropriated to causes that will make the most impact. Over $75 million has been invested in the Church from the OSV Institute since its founding in support of thousands of initiatives and events.

“The Church is changing,” says Shanks. “And so is the way we approach our reinvestment in Catholic initiatives.”

The OSV Institute seeks to serve the Church by supporting innovative and effective Church-related programs that help Catholics of diverse ethnicities, ages and stages of life come closer to Christ.

One of the initiatives supported by the OSV Institute is Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Institute, which focuses on providing content to support the New Evangelization.

“Getting after the ‘nones’ should be priority number one — find them, bring them back, engage them, answer their questions,” wrote Bishop Barron in his book, To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age, when referring to millennials who identify as not religious. “We’re losing young people in droves, and we need to get them back.”

Three recent grant recipients aligned with their new vision:

Dioceses, Catholic ministries and apostolates can apply for grants within these three new initiatives directly at their new website: www.osvinstitute.com.


Copyright 2018 OSV Institute

About Our Sunday Visitor: Our Sunday Visitor was founded in 1912 by Fr. John Francis Noll to spread knowledge about the Catholic faith through periodicals, textbooks, parish resources and trade books. Today, OSV is the largest provider of offertory envelopes and one of the largest Catholic publishers in the world with more than 1,800 resources in print. It is still headquartered in its birthplace of Huntington, Indiana. Learn more at www.osv.com.

About OSV Institute: In 1915, Fr. John Francis Noll began the OSV Institute to reinvest the profits generated from Our Sunday Visitor. To this day, revenue from OSV still goes back to the Church in America to fund countless religious, educational and charitable causes throughout parishes, dioceses and apostolates around the country. In 2017, the OSV Institute expanded its reach by going beyond grants to seed capital for new innovation and a greater alignment to OSV priorities. Learn more at www.osvinstitute.com.

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