In 1912, a priest named Fr. John Francis Noll worked up a plan to evangelize on a broad scale and respond to some of the pressing issues of his day facing the Church. His plan came into print as the Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, which has been in print ever since.
In 1915, as circulation and revenue grew from this and soon-to-be other publications, Fr. Noll innovated again, this time founding the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, the sole mission of which was to distribute the profits from Our Sunday Visitor’s publications to religious, educational, and charitable projects of the growing Church in the United States.
More than 100 years later, this legacy of the man who would later become Archbishop Noll has funded more than $75 million through grants to support and enrich the life of the church in the United States. Today, the current President of the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, Jason Shanks, joins me to talk about the new strategic vision for the institute a century after its founding.
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