Did you know? Book sales benefit Catholics through the OSV Institute

logo_blackBy Jason Shanks, OSV Institute President

In 1915, the OSV Institute began as a way to reinvest money generated from publishing and printing activities back into the Church. As a good steward, OSV founder Father John Francis Noll felt that the money was not “his” and that all he had belonged to the service of the Church. Since then, countless parishes, dioceses and apostolates have benefited from his generosity.

Building on the legacy of Father Noll, in 1975, the OSV Institute officially received its name, as well as a more formalized program for the use of OSV’s funds. Since then, the organization’s main form of philanthropy has been distributing funds in the form of grants surrounding a broad set of criteria.

In May 2017, the board of OSV created and outlined a new vision for the future of the OSV Institute. This vision included going beyond grants to seed capital for new innovation, a greater alignment to OSV priorities, and a proactive approach to identifying needs and driving the priorities and projects of the Institute. Now, OSV Institute is able to maximize impact with the use of data and measurable outcomes, as well as the formation of think tanks and research-related initiatives. Unlike any other initiative in the Church today, OSV Institute has created a truly unique, innovative, strategic and forward-thinking approach that will drive the organization into the next hundred years. The three areas of special interest for funding are Unaffiliated Millennials, Hispanic Experience and Parent Project. Find out more at www.osvinstitute.com.

Meet production manager Chris Rice


Chris Rice and granddaughter

I started working for this organization in January of 1980, when I hired on at Noll Printing, a commercial printing subsidiary of OSV.  The plan was to work for a semester, save some money, and return to college to finish my engineering degree.

Thirty-nine years later, I’m still not sure exactly where that plan went by the wayside. Even though I did, eventually, finish college on nights and weekends, I never left OSV.  There was no single reason, but a mix of interesting and challenging work, opportunity for advancement, and the care and respect, of and for the people I worked with, all contributed. Probably most important, though, has been the feeling that I, and everyone I work with, aren’t just making “widgets”. We aren’t just creating stuff to sell to make some money. We are doing something we believe in, and we want to help develop in others that same Strength that Comes in Knowing.

Besides, Noll Printing was an excellent university!  I worked at just about every job there was to be had in printing, from the warehouse to sales and marketing.  Then, in the early 90’s, when the position of Production Manager opened up, I “graduated” to OSV’s Publishing Division.

Here, my primary responsibility is purchasing the printing of our books, periodicals and other items, but that hardly paints the full picture. Between OSV’s constantly changing variety of products and the rapid technological advancements in the industry, it still feels just as much a learning experience as the day I walked in the doors, 39 years ago.

So, how does all this apply to you, the author?  I work with Acquisitions, Editors and Designers to put your words into the most appropriate physical format for your audience. Depending on the content, style and genre of your work, we can utilize a variety of trim sizes, cover treatments, papers and binding styles that enhance your prose and lay it before the reader in the most easily comprehensible way.  And, lest we forget that “non-profit” is a tax status, not a business plan, we must do it in the most economical and efficient way we can, while still preserving our reputation for quality.

To do this, we utilize a number of third party vendors along with our increasing capabilities to produce books digitally on our in-plant printing equipment. This gives OSV some fairly unique capabilities, and contributes to our ability to produce quality content quickly.

So, please, keep sending that quality content . . . I need the work!

Meet Mary Beth Baker


Mary Beth Baker

Acquisitions Editor Mary Beth Baker started at OSV in October 2016. Mary Beth has worked as a book editor for a Washington, D.C.-based publishing house, an associate editor for a national daily newspaper, and as a writer and editor for a public relations firm. Prior to joining OSV, she spent some time in formation with a Dominican religious order. Her favorite topic areas include personal growth, individual formation, and youth and young adult issues.

Mary Beth holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College. A Navy brat with roots in Virginia, she now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. When she’s not elbow-deep in a new manuscript, she enjoys playing the piano, writing, running, and traveling.

Mary Beth’s fav things

Saint: Thérèse of Lisieux

Hymn: “Adoro Te Devote” (Lyrics by St. Thomas Aquinas)

Bible verse: “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2:5)

Meet Rebecca Willen


Rebecca Willen

Rebecca is a nerdy Catholic, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, cat lover, amateur baker and musician.

She graduated from Christendom College, worked for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and freelanced as a copy editor and proofreader, before jumping at the chance to embrace her dream job and return to her Indiana roots.

In addition to unleashing her fountain pen as OSV’s new Associate Editor, she also works with the Catholic Writers’ Guild and manages the Catholic Writers Conference Live.

Her current hobbies are studying German (just because) and destroying other people’s diets through homemade baked goods [Ed. note: Her colleagues appreciate this].

Rebecca’s fav things

Animal: Cat

Food: Dark chocolate

Color: Purple

Shakespeare play: “The Merchant of Venice”

Alcohol: Bailey’s Irish Cream