It’s party time at Our Sunday Visitor (OSV). This Huntington-based market leader of Catholic publishing, offertory and curriculum is turning 100 years old. Thanks to its state-of-the-art facility, impactful publications and market penetration, it has almost tripled in size in just the last eight years.
OSV was built on the robust vision of founder Father John Noll, a visionary priest and eventual archbishop who recognized that Catholics needed a deeper understanding of their faith. He bought a printing press for $1 from a local businessman and began producing educational materials and offering envelopes to encourage church giving.
The OSV office and manufacturing plant employ 300 people and house three divisions reflecting Father Noll’s mission of serving the Catholic Church through publishing, offertory solutions and
“Our goal is to give Catholics the tools that meet them where they are, explain what the church teaches and why and empower a vibrant faith,” says Greg Erlandson, president of the Publishing Division.
OSV publishes seven periodicals including the largest national Catholic weekly newspaper and 600 book titles, including over a dozen by Pope Benedict XVI. Three years ago OSV acquired a religion curriculum publisher in Orlando, Fla., and added an additional 1,200 book, music and textbook titles to its portfolio. OSV is also rapidly expanding into e-books, e-magazines, digital textbooks and web-based materials. Three new apps are soon to be released.
The Offertory Solutions division of OSV, led by President Kyle Hamilton, provides parishes with materials, business strategies and technology to assist the church in funding, communicating and engagement efforts. Nearly 550 million envelopes are printed each year making OSV the largest Catholic offering envelope supplier in the world.
OSV maintains online giving systems and website services which provide churches with website management, electronic giving and assistance with capital campaigns.
“OSV brings consulting expertise to parishes,” says Hamilton. “We can help them with the business side of things.”
As a not-for-profit company, a portion of our earnings are returned to the Catholic community through the Institute. The Institute typically allocates $3 million per year to fund projects and programs throughout the country.
So how is having the leading supplier of Catholic books and materials in the region something Fort Wayne can be proud of too?
“We bring attention to Fort Wayne and Huntington adding an additional twist to Fort Wayne’s moniker as the city of churches,” says John Christensen, publishing’s director of marketing. “We also use many local vendors, supporting the area’s economy that way too.”
That’s something for everyone to celebrate.
Address: 200 Noll Plaza Huntington, Indiana 46750
Phone: 1 (800) 348-2440