Vision, Challenge, Service

Jason Shanks named president of OSV Institute

Jason Shanks

Jason Shanks

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is pleased to announce that Jason Shanks will join Our Sunday Visitor as President of the OSV Institute on Monday, July 31st.  Jason currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM). Here he successfully combined and reorganized five separate county-based Catholic social service agencies into one regional service agency that assists more than 20,000 people annually for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Prior to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Jason was Secretariat Leader of Evangelization and Parish for the Diocese of Toledo.  Earlier in his career, his involvement in Youth Ministry and Business and Pastoral Administration provided him with strong parish experience.

Jason has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Miami University, Oxford, OH; a Master’s degree in Theology from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from Mendoza College of Business of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.  He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN.

In this newly created position, Jason will lead the development and implementation of a new long-term strategy for the OSV Institute. “With Jason’s leadership, we hope to increase our reach and impact for the Catholic Church around the world,” says Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Chairman of the OSV Board of Directors.


Application Update

At this time, we are not taking applications until later this summer. The application process will be web-based going forward. We will announce the new process, guidelines and the application form on this website. The Board and Institute Committee are in the process of finalizing the areas we want to fund.

As of now the areas are: The Hispanic Experience, Parenting Initiative and Unaffiliated Millennials (or the “Nones”).

Each of our grant cycles will focus on a different area likely starting with the unaffiliated millennial priority area due September 15. Communication, including a webinar, will be coming soon that outlines the Institute’s new vision, focus and processes. Thank you for your interest. Stay tuned!

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