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OSV TO LAUNCH A NEW CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE JANUARY 1

POSTED: 07/06/2022 | PRESS RELEASES

Huntington, IN, July 6, 2022 – One of the oldest and most trusted names in Catholic media in the United States, Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. (OSV) announced today that it will launch OSV News, a new Catholic news service, on January 1, 2023. Subscribers to the new service will access OSV News at CatholicNews.com, the current site of Catholic News Service (CNS). The announcement was made by OSV Publisher Scott P. Richert at the annual Catholic Media Conference in Portland, Oregon.

“After the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decided to bring the domestic operations of Catholic News Service to a close at the end of 2022,” Richert said, “we started talks with the USCCB and have reached an agreement to acquire rights to the platform that CNS uses to produce and distribute its content. Current subscribers to CNS who sign up for OSV News before the end of the year will have a seamless experience as CNS closes its domestic news service on December 31 and OSV News launches on the same site the very next day.”

OSV News will provide national and international news, analysis, editorials, commentary, and features from a Catholic perspective every day. In addition to original OSV News content and an ever-growing library of materials from OSV’s periodicals and websites, OSV News will feature articles from a wide range of content partners, including the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications and Aleteia, the world’s largest Catholic website. (A full list of content partners will be released later this year.) OSV will also collaborate closely with an extensive network of Catholic diocesan publications to syndicate their content through OSV News. 

Beyond a rebranding and a redesign of CatholicNews.com, the tools that subscribers to CNS currently use will remain the same. All new content from CNS Rome (which will continue to operate independently of OSV) will be available to subscribers of OSV News. (For dioceses or episcopal conferences who do not subscribe to OSV News, free access to new CNS Rome content will be provided by the USCCB, as the USCCB promised when it announced the closing of CNS’s domestic operations.)

OSV will also be acquiring all of the digital archives owned by CNS, along with rights to existing and future content from CNS Rome and certain third parties, and will provide access to those for subscribers to OSV News. “The digital archives of CNS are of great importance, both historically and as background for Catholic journalists working today,” Richert said. “It is essential that they remain available on the same platform that thousands of Catholic media professionals use every day.”

Subscription pricing for OSV News will be announced in September. “We understand the financial pressures that Catholic publications face today,” Richert said, “so we are working to make OSV News as affordable as possible, while not compromising the quantity and quality of content offered through our service.”

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (and chairman of the board of directors of OSV) declared, “I am very happy and grateful that OSV will provide this important service for the Church in our country, continuing the great legacy that Archbishop John Francis Noll began more than a century ago.”

OSV was founded in 1912 by Fr. John Francis Noll. Its flagship publication, Our Sunday Visitor, has been published weekly for 110 years. Noll, who became bishop of what is now the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and was later named an honorary archbishop for his service to the Catholic media in the United States and internationally, was an early supporter of CNS and of the Catholic Press Association (now the Catholic Media Association). In the mid-20th century, OSV was instrumental in helping numerous dioceses establish their own newspapers, many of which were printed in OSV’s current Huntington, Indiana, headquarters.

“OSV’s long history of support for a robust Catholic press made our decision to launch OSV News not only obvious but necessary,” Richert said. “In a world that is desperately hungry for the truth, a vibrant Catholic media is needed now more than ever. OSV News is the concrete symbol of our commitment to innovate and collaborate with our fellow members of the Catholic press to bring about a new renaissance in Catholic media—and a brighter future for the Catholic Church in the United States and beyond.”

To be notified when subscription pricing and other details about OSV News are available, go to OSV.com/OSVNews.

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About OSV: As the leading Catholic publisher in the United States, OSV provides products and solutions to more than nine of every ten Catholic parishes and every Catholic diocese in the country. Founded in 1912 by Father John Francis Noll, the company continues to serve the Church through a wide range of products and services. From weekly and monthly publications, to software solutions, fundraising and consulting services, curriculum products, trade books, and parish publications, OSV helps individual Catholics, families, parishes and dioceses to grow closer to Christ and contribute to the growth and vitality of his Church in the world. A not-for-profit Catholic organization, OSV has been supporting the needs of the Church for over a century and will continue to listen to customers’ needs today and tomorrow. Learn more at www.osv.com.  

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OSV ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF MISSION PATHWAYS
POSTED: 05/16/2022 | PRESS RELEASES

Huntington, IN, May 16, 2022 – OSV announces the purchase of Mission Pathways, LLC, a mission-focused software company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Mission Pathways serves the Catholic Church, providing software tools to help parishes and dioceses build thriving communities.

Before founding Mission Pathways, the Mission Pathways team witnessed first-hand the frustration of dedicated staff and volunteers working without integrated tools to welcome guests, guide growing disciples, and identify new leaders. The Mission Pathways Mission Suite was developed in answer to these expressed needs. Leveraging team members’ cumulative experiences gained from designing, implementing, and supporting software for more than 8,000 parishes and 90 Arch/dioceses globally over the last 20 years, the Mission Suite empowers parishes and dioceses to accompany individuals from an initial encounter with Christ to become growing missionary disciples.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Mission Pathways team and add their products to OSV’s portfolio of solutions,” states Kyle Hamilton, CEO of Our Sunday Visitor. “OSV has been working for more than a century to champion the Catholic Church and more recently providing technology solutions to serve individuals, families, parishes and dioceses across the country. The Mission Pathways team has listened to the needs of the Church and provided solutions in a very similar way. Together we feel we can provide even more solutions and serve in new ways.”

Mike Cusick – President and CEO of Mission Pathways – will join the OSV team and lead the technical sales team. “We could not be more pleased to join OSV, an organization that listens to customers, innovates, and serves. The OSV leadership team is committed to continuing to evolve solutions for today’s fast-changing environment, and we are excited to be part of the OSV team.”

Mission Pathways customers will be served by the combined companies. The integration of the existing Mission Pathways solutions with OSV Products will take place over time. The combined companies will continue to adapt to the changing needs of customers with innovative solutions.

About OSV: As the leading Catholic publisher in the United States, OSV provides products and solutions to more than nine of every ten Catholic parishes and every Catholic diocese in the country. Founded in 1912 by Father John Francis Noll, the company continues to serve the Church through a wide range of products and services. From weekly and monthly publications, to software solutions, fundraising and consulting services, curriculum products, trade books, and parish publications, OSV helps individual Catholics, families, parishes and dioceses to grow closer to Christ and contribute to the growth and vitality of his Church in the world. A not-for-profit Catholic organization, OSV has been supporting the needs of the Church for over a century and will continue to listen to customers’ needs today and tomorrow. Learn more at www.osv.com.

About Mission Pathways: Mission Pathways exists to ignite parish renewal. The team has a combined experience of over 50 years serving the Catholic Church through technology. They are active in evangelization and discipleship at their churches, sit on church leadership boards, and work with organizations at the forefront of evangelization and discipleship coaching. The team is passionate about helping parishes thrive. And to support the parish and diocesan staff and volunteers in building missionary disciples who provide time, talent, and treasure to their parishes. Learn more at www.mission-pathways.com.

OSV PLEDGES $1M TO USCCB EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL
POSTED: 11/17/2021 | PRESS RELEASES

Huntington, IN, November 17, 2021 – OSV (Our Sunday Visitor) announces a commitment to a four-year, $1 million dollar grant to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new Eucharistic Revival initiative. The Eucharistic Revival will begin in early 2022 with a nationwide launch to renew the Church in America by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

The initiative’s five pillars include 1) fostering encounters with Jesus through kerygmatic proclamation and experiences of Eucharistic devotion; 2) contemplating and proclaiming the doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist through the Truth of our teaching, the beauty of our worship, and the goodness of our accompaniment of persons in poverty and those who are vulnerable; 3) empowering grassroots creativity by partnering with movements, apostolates, parishes, and educational institutions; 4) reaching the smallest unit – parish small groups and families; 5) and embracing and learning from the various rich intercultural Eucharistic traditions.

“On behalf of OSV, and its board of directors, and in appreciation of the board chair, the Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades who has fostered a love of the Eucharist both locally and nationally, we are humbled and thrilled to fund this important work,” says Jason Shanks, President of OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation. “As the source and summit of our faith, the Eucharist remains central to our mission To Champion the Catholic Church and pursuing innovative ideas for the New Evangelization. Our founder, Archbishop John Francis Noll, once wrote that, ‘Christ gave us the Sacrament of the Eucharist for several reasons: that He might remain ever with us as a proof of His Love for us and to be worshiped by us; to be received in Holy Communion; and to be offered as a sacrifice commemorating and renewing the sacrifice of the cross for all time.’”

This four-year initiative will have multiple phases, including Year One – Diocesan Renewal; Year Two – Parish Renewal; Year Three – National Eucharistic Congress; and Year Four – Ongoing Revival. OSV is a proud partner of this initiative and is eager for the Winter 2022 launch of the website and resources offered as preparation for the Revival.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to impact the faith life of this country,” said Bishop Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. “This is a movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist — and sent out on mission for the life of the world.”

For more information about OSV’s investment in the USCCB’s Eucharistic Revival initiative, contact Jason Nees at jnees@osv.com.

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About OSV: As the leading Catholic publisher in the United States, OSV provides products and solutions to more than nine of every ten Catholic parishes and every Catholic diocese in the country. Founded in 1912 by Father John Francis Noll, the company continues to serve the Church through a wide range of products and services. From weekly and monthly publications, to software solutions, fundraising and consulting services, curriculum products, trade books, and parish publications, OSV helps individual Catholics, families, parishes and dioceses to grow closer to Christ and contribute to the growth and vitality of his Church in the world. A not-for-profit Catholic organization, OSV has been supporting the needs of the Church for over a century and will continue to listen to customers’ needs today and tomorrow. Learn more at www.osv.com.

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