Our Initiatives

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Hispanic Experience

In 2011 we sponsored and published the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry, which remains the most comprehensive study to date on Hispanic Catholics. That study provided important data about how Hispanics are transforming the Church in America. Most recently, OSVI is sponsoring a two year (2018-2020) national study on Hispanic/Latino vocations as well as the 2019 National Symposium on Hispanic Ministry and Apostolic Movements, to be held September 19-21, 2019. To purchase a copy of the 2011 research and to get a copy of the Our Catholic Children, Ministry with Hispanic Youth and Young Adults, click below.

Church Up Close

Hosted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross every other year. The Church Up Close allows journalists from around the world a chance to learn about structure at the Vatican and Roman Curia and discuss current issues within the Catholic church.

Center for Marriage, Family & Life
Hispanic Experience

The Unveiled program is a one-day, 7 module digital, marriage formation program. OSV Institute helped fund a new program specifically to address the needs, of marriage formation, for the Hispanic community. This program will be made available outside of the Diocese of Richmond.

Hispanic Faith and Family (Familia y Fe Hispanic) track
Hispanic Experience

OSV Institute is the funding partner and catalyst for the newly developed Hispanic Faith and Family (Familia y Fe Hispanic) track.

Ministry of Parenting Track
Supporting Parents

OSV Institute was the major funder for this first of its kind Ministry of Parenting track. It seeks to help families see God’s plan for the domestic church and the school of holiness it creates as the decisive element in bringing about a culture of life.

Notre Dame Vision
Re-Captivating Millennials

Notre Dame Vision combines the theologically-rich experience of nationally-known keynote speakers with the mentorship of college students as hundreds of high school students gather to learn from the witness of the saints and develop practices to live out their faith.

The Messy Family
Supporting Parents

The Messy Family Project focuses on mentoring and encouraging parents to be intentional and faithful through podcasts, newsletters and their website.

Southeast Pastoral Institute
Hispanic Experience

The DOCAT Missionary Disciples Project is a program of the Southeast Pastoral Institute that aims to inspire and prepare Hispanic youth and young adults, to evangelize and build consciousness about the Social Doctrine of the Church so that they can take action in their daily lives and communities, applying Gospel values to social justice, political and environmental issues, while advancing a culture of life.

Women's Care Center
Supporting Parents

Women’s Care Center provides free, confidential counseling, support and education to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds help determine viability and dates (prenatal medical care and abortions not provided).

Word on Fire
Re-Captivating Millennials

Bishop Robert Barron is an author, speaker, theologian, and founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry. Word on Fire reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.

Young Catholic Professionals
Re-Captivating Millennials

YCP exists to raise up Catholics in their 20s and 30s to 'Work in Witness for Christ' and through the process be formed to become future servant leaders in the Church. OSV Institute has entered a partnership with YCP and Catholic Leadership Institute to create a capstone program for YCP members.

Re-Captivating Millennials

We win the hearts of college students, build them in the faith and send them to the world. Know, Love and Serve God, Build Virtuous Friendships and Teach Others to Share Christ.

SEEK 2019
Re-Captivating Millennials

Sponsored by FOCUS and held every other year the conference is for high school and college students, college graduates and FOCUS alumni. The theme this year is Encounter Something More.

The V Encuentro
Hispanic Experience

The V Encuentro is a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action that invites all Catholics in the United States to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization. The process is a priority activity of the USCCB’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.

Exodus 90
Re-Captivating Millennials

Exodus 90 is a challenging 90-day period of prayer and asceticism, supported by a fraternity of 5-7 like-minded men. Exodus fraternities are spiritually directed by a priest whenever possible.

Millennial Church Conference
Re-Captivating Millennials

The Millennial Church Conference (MCC), a one-day experience for pastors and their teams, seeks to inform, connect, and equip decision makers and Catholic leaders across dioceses, parishes, and organizations to effectively engage the millennials generation and to help parishes empower young adults.

St. Andrew Missionaries
Re-Captivating Millennials

St. Andrew Missionaries serves the mission of Jesus Christ by helping the Catholic Church shift her pastoral approach with young people. We offer training, resources and thought leadership on family based youth ministry and small group discipleship. OSV Institute is funding them to prove their concepts and methods and scale their program.

Training Catechetical Leaders in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

In the home diocese of OSV, Fort Wayne-South Bend, diocesan religion teachers, directors of religious education, youth ministers and other professional catechetical parish ministers are eligible to pursue a Master of Arts (Theology) degree through the University of Notre Dame under a grant from the OSV Institute. Currently, there are more than 60 "OSV Scholars" who have obtained their degree through this program: teachers, catechists, pastoral associates and others in parish ministries.

Witness to Love
Supporting Parents, Re-Captivating Millennials, Hispanic Experience

OSV Institute has awarded a $50,000 grant to Witness to Love’s national initiative to provide civilly married couples, and those who prepare them for sacramental marriage, a path forward. Witness to Love’s Civilly Married Outreach Campaign is a national grassroots movement to change opinions and attitudes of baptized Catholics who choose to be civilly married rather than sacramentally married.

The Melchizedek Project
Re-Captivating Millennials, Hispanic Experience, Supporting Parents

OSVI is the principal funder of the Melchizedek Project, helping young Catholic men discern the priesthood in small groups. Groups are normally led by a local priest or chaplain. They meet seven times a semester for 90 minutes to deepen their appreciation for the priesthood and learn the art of discernment. Using the book To Save a Thousand Souls, men learn to create a spiritual plan of life, then delve into big topics like celibacy, seminary, dating during discernment, overcoming fears, and figuring out when God is truly speaking. More than 800 discernment groups have been formed since 2011, involving some 10,000 participants in over 80 dioceses. Hundreds of seminarians credit the program for giving them the clarity to take the next steps toward the priesthood.

The GIVEN Institute
Re-Captivating Millennials

OSVI is sponsoring the 2019 "The Given Forum"--the flagship event of the GIVEN Institute--it is a Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum designed for young adult Catholic women seeking leadership training, faith formation, and support to better understand and pursue their particular mission and/or vocation.

Diocese of Crookston
Re-Captivating Millennials

Shepherding Them Home”, a program designed to help active Catholics “accompany their unaffiliated loved one back to the faith”. It involves four 1 ½ hour sessions focused on: Prayer– “Reaching out must be rooted in prayer”. Participants will explore their motives for wanting the other person to return to the Church. Prepare– Introduces Bishop Barron’s “The Rise of the Nones”; research by Christian Smith (Notre Dame), Sherry Waddell and Brandon Vogt’s “RETURN: How to Draw Your Child Back into the Church” Practice– Provides an overview of how to begin the conversation and the mind-set one should have when approaching a loved one about their faith and beliefs. How to address the most common objections. Plan– Each person will develop their own personal plan based on Bishop Barron’s approach which involves the beauty, the good and the truth of the faith. An added module discusses the clergy abuse issue and how to address it based on Bishop Barron’s advice.

Catholic Medical Association
Hispanic Experience

OSVi is funding their “Hispanic Outreach and Formation Program” which includes Spanish-language materials regarding CMA services and the creation of a scholarship fund for Hispanic medical students, residents and clergy. Scholarships will be offered to attend CMA sponsored “boot camps”, a seven-day formation program offering prayer, study, practical training and mentoring with physicians, priests and moral theologians. The scholarship fund will also be used allowing hispanic/latino students, residents and/or clergy attendance at the annual CMA Annual Education Conference.

St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center
Re-Captivating Millennials

OSVi is partly funding their St. Paul Project which involves intentional formation of 80 student leaders to evangelize the broader campus and to develop six videos for social media hoping to draw other students into the life of the St. Lawrence Center. Two videos would be used in the formation sessions and the other four targeted at students who are unfamiliar with the Center and its activities.

The Catholic Family Life Symposium
Supporting Parents

The Catholic Family Life Symposium is an invitation-only gathering of over 30 distinguished theologians, social scientists, and pastoral ministry professionals noted for their work and writings on family life. It was held for 3 days in the summer of 2019 at the University of Notre Dame. OSVi was the major sponsor and a book from it will be forthcoming.

Lumen Christi
University of Chicago
Re-Captivating Millennials

Building on its flagship University Program, which brings the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition to the University of Chicago, Lumen Christi will host three two-part events with the support of the OSVI. These events will aim at overcoming the perception that Catholicism is intellectually, morally, and spiritually untenable in the modern world.

Catholic Leadership Institute
Re-Captivating Millennials

OSVI sponsored CLI's "Shepherding them Home" conference in Feb. 2019. Bishops in both the United States and Canada gathered to gain a greater understanding of the millennial generation and received tools to return to their diocese with plans of outreach and engagement. In addition to this conference, OSVI has entered a partnership with them and YCP to create a capstone experience for YCP members.


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USCCB Religious Freedom Committee
Around the World

OSV is proud to help defend and protect religious liberty around the world. This committee, of the USCCB, works is to advocate, promote, and defend the religious liberty of all. Every year they oversee Religious Freedom Week.

Corazon Puro
Hispanic Experience, Re-Captivating Millennials

Corazon Puro is providing an inculturated roadmap for Hispanic youth to become protagonists in the Church! Currently 54% of young Catholics in the United States are Hispanic and every 30 seconds another Latino turns 18. Many parishes lack the resources to accompany them during these pivotal years. A courageous creativity is needed to meet this daunting challenge. Corazon Puro is launching a project titled, R.E.A.L. Formation/ Formación R.E.A.L. (Reawaken, Educate and Awaken Leaders / Reavivar, Educar y Actualizar Lideres).

It is a post-confirmation program in English and Spanish. OSVi partnered with them to support the development and publication of books, toolkits, and an online resource platform that captures the essence of their proven leadership formation program. This will be a resource for Ministers, Priests, Parishes and Dioceses that will awaken and accompany Hispanic youth and young adults to a path of service within their communities of faith; all the while, keeping it REAL.