One of the great joys of my life is serving on the Board of Directors for Our Sunday Visitor (OSV). On Friday, September 28, 2012, an extraordinary event unfolded in Ft. Wayne, IN commemorating the centennial for the publishing company established by Archbishop John F. Noll.
A symposium began the celebration, with speakers Cardinal Francis George (please pray for the Cardinal’s health as he undergoes cancer treatment over the next few months), Helen Alvare of George Mason University School of Law (check out her new book Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves!), and prolific author and friend Dr. Scott Hahn from my alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was tremendous.
Following the symposium, Mass was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Ft. Wayne, and included members of the Noll family along with many others associated with OSV from far and wide. Bishop Kevin Rhoades offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and gave a stellar homily recalling the history of Archbishop Noll and OSV. The evening then wrapped up with a reception and banquet, including talks by Bishop Claudio Maria Celli from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
I could go on about the incredible event, the fantastic people, and the amazing vision of Archbishop Noll… but instead, I’d like to invite you to watch the following video. If you’re already familiar with OSV, you might be surprised at the scope of the organization – and if you’re not, you’re in for a treat. This is a jewel of the Catholic Church in the U.S., and it provides a beacon of hope for people around the world. Enjoy!