The Institute

Our Mission

In line with the mission of OSV we seek to serve the Church by supporting and encouraging innovative and effective Church-related programs and activities that help Catholics fulfill their calling to discipleship, strengthen their relationship with Christ, deepen their commitment to the Church, and contribute to its growth and vitality in the world. The three areas of special interest for funding are Unaffiliated Millennials, Hispanic Experience and Parent Project. And the Institute has programs of collaboration at and has started an innovation challenge at

Our Vision

OSV Institute is a dynamic extension of OSV that supports the mission of the organization in a way that both heightens public awareness of its mission and strengthens the effectiveness of the entire corporation.

Our Values

The OSV Institute would add fiscal responsibility, cultural responsiveness, collaboration and underscore fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the need for greater innovation in the methods and approaches to ministry within the Church. (scroll to bottom of this page for OSV Corporate Purpose and Values).

At over a century old, the Institute is one of the oldest Catholic foundations in the United States.

In 1915, OSV Institute began as a way to reinvest money generated from publishing and printing activities back into the Church. As a good steward, OSV founder Father John Francis Noll felt that the money was not "his" and that all he had belonged to the service of the Church. Since then, countless parishes, dioceses and apostolates have benefited from his generosity.

Building on the legacy of Father Noll, in 1975, the OSV Institute officially received its name, as well as a more formalized program for the use of OSV’s funds. Since then, the organization's main form of philanthropy has been distributing funds in the form of grants surrounding a broad set of criteria.

In May 2017, the board of OSV created and outlined a new vision for the future of the OSV Institute. This vision included going beyond grants to seed capital for new innovation, a greater alignment to OSV priorities and a proactive approach to identifying needs and driving the priorities and projects of the Institute. Now, OSV Institute is able to maximize impact with the use of data and measurable outcomes, as well as the formation of think tanks and research-related initiatives. Unlike any other initiative in the Church today, OSV Institute has created a truly unique, innovative, strategic and forward-thinking approach that will drive the organization into the next hundred years.

OSV has truly had a transformative impact on the life of the Church in unseen and often untold ways. Since its founding, OSV Institute has given away more than $78 million to Church initiatives. Today, the same hope and sense of responsibility exemplified by Father Noll in 1912 continues to resound — hope born of trust in a God who sustains and protects us.

Who We Are

To Serve the Church

There is an overarching motto that guides Our Sunday Visitor's every step: "To serve the Church." That's what truly makes OSV a social enterprise — serving the Church through the quality of its products and services and, in turn, serving it again through the grants and initiatives of the OSV Institute.

OSV Purpose, Mission & Values


To bring people closer to Christ and His Church


To help Catholics fulfill their calling to discipleship, strengthen their relationship with Christ, deepen their commitment to the Church, and contribute to its growth and vitality in the world.


We strive to imitate Christ, to be faithful to the Catholic Church and its teachings, and to base all our behavior on Christ’s two great commandments: love of God and love of neighbor.

Caring: we provide earnest, loving care for those we serve.

“He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mt. 22:37-39

Integrity: we fiercely honor our commitments.

“for we are concerned for what is honorable not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of others.” -- 2 Cor. 8:21

Adaptable: we are flexible in responding to the needs of others.

“each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others.” Phil. 2:4

Reliable: we can be counted on to do the job right, and admit when we make mistakes.

“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one. --Mt. 5:37

Focused: we are curious, innovative, and forward-thinkers.

“After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’” – Lk. 5:4