Valued CLI Partner, OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation, Invites You to Apply for the OSV Challenge for a Shot at One of Five $100,000 Prizes!

“He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two…” Mark 6:7

To spread the Gospel and share His love, Jesus sent his apostles out two by two. They were partners, a team working together and on a mission. They did not walk alone.

So too, the mission of forging the future of our Church requires teamwork and partnerships. Today, I am blessed to introduce you to a valued partner in philanthropy and ministry for Catholic Leadership Institute: OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation.

OSV Institute has been a major philanthropic partner to Catholic Leadership Institute, most recently as the foundational investor in bringing Next Generation Parish to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. OSV Institute has been a valued collaborator in innovation and thinking differently for our Church. But what impresses and inspires us most about OSV is that they never stop challenging what is possible for our Church.

That is what great teammates do – they invite us, inspire us, support us, and challenge us.

Today, I am sharing one of those challenges with you: The OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation is offering a unique challenge that will award five $100,000 grants to forward-thinking, creative parishes.

Catholic Leadership Institute is humbled to have accompanied so many phenomenal parishes (including 2,109 who have taken the Disciple Maker Index!). It is a blessing to share this challenge with you. We all love and care for our parish communities – I hope you will take the time to learn more and spread the word.

Click the Logo to Go Directly to the OSV Challenge Page:

For 30 years Catholic Leadership Institute has had the profound privilege of walking beside Church leaders to provide guidance, renewal, and support. Over those years, we have seen remarkable results. When two or more people gather in God’s name to support His Church, amazing things can happen. Catholic Leadership Institute thanks OSV for being one of those partners!

OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation to Offer Five $100,000 Prizes in the OSV Challenge

Now more than ever, philanthropy, prayers, and presence alongside our Church leaders are crucial and transformative. Together, we encourage, challenge, and strengthen each other in our faith.

In that spirit, we are blessed to share OSV Institute’s OSV Challenge Parish & Diocese Track with our family of parishes with whom we have been blessed to work.

About OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation

Over 100 years ago, Archbishop Noll, former Bishop of Fort Wayne, founded OSV using new methods and new approaches to communicate the Gospel. Innovation is at the core of OSV. As a dynamic extension of and aligned with the mission of OSV, OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation is focused on inspiring and encouraging innovative and impactful Church-related programs and activities to create an ecosystem for Catholic innovation by forging new paths for people to encounter the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church.

For close to a decade, OSV Institute has provided transformative grant funding that has allowed Catholic Leadership Institute to accompany and serve more leaders. Notably, OSV was the lead funder for bringing the Next Generation Parish endeavor to the Diocese of Fort Wayne- South Bend. Their lead gift has allowed priests and parishes to embark upon a four-year journey to catalyze, equip, and inspire their communities to thrive in the future. OSV has also been a driving force and valued friend in bringing training, fraternity, and accompaniment to our bishops through OSV’s investment in our Episcopal Ongoing Formation efforts and events.

Now, OSV Institute generously opens their hearts and their mission to inspiring innovation amongst more parishes…

The Challenge – The Opportunity – The Innovation

The OSV Challenge is a multi-round entrepreneurial competition designed to accelerate unique project ideas in any stage from Catholics whose faith motivates them to make a difference.

OSV is inviting and seeking people with ideas ready to impact the Church that deserve to be nurtured, cultivated, and taken to new heights. The OSV Challenge invests over $1 million dollars annually in these Catholic innovators to make this happen.

What is new this year is that the OSV Institute has developed four new tracks for applications to the OSV Challenge for the purpose of expanding relevant content and uncovering how best to support the dynamic and different needs of each track.

OSV is generously offering the opportunity to win one of five $100,000 prizes, with at least one winner per each track.

Applications open January 31, 2022 – please visit for full details and to apply by February 18!

Grateful for Our Partners

Jesus constantly taught his followers about brotherly love – this love inspired them to go out two-by-two. It is a joy for us to partner with Our Sunday Visitor, parishes around the country, and faithful friends and donors like you who are dedicated to thinking big for our Church and equipping parishes, priests, and people of God to boldly venture out two-by-two to spread Jesus’ mission to the world and to bring more people to know and love Him.

p.s. Catholic Leadership Institute CEO, Dan Cellucci’s talk, “What if They Don’t Come Back?” was a part of OSV’s Innovation Talks, a series of topics from prominent Catholic leaders to spark discussion, explore new, or re-explore old approaches, and inspire creative thinking, all from the heart of the Church! Watch it now:

by Mike School

January 27, 2022

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