Founding of the Our Sunday Visitor

May 5, 1912

Father (later Bishop) John Noll, then stationed in Huntington, Indiana, was spurred to start a Catholic newsweekly to counter misinformation from anti-Catholic publications. By 1920 it had a circulation of 500,000. It remained the most popular Catholic newspaper in the United States through the twentieth century and beyond; in 1961, its subscribers numbered one million. The company gradually extended its publishing reach to other periodicals (The Priest, My Daily Visitor, The Catholic Answer) as well as books.


OSV history