On June 29, 2021, the OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation announced that Springs in the Desert is a Semi-Finalist for the 2021 OSV Challenge, a multi-round entrepreneurial competition designed to accelerate unique project ideas in any stage from Catholics whose faith has motivated them to make a difference. Out of 182 innovators from Round Two of the OSV Challenge, a total of 25 applicants were selected to advance to the Semi-Final Round, as they compete for one of three prizes of $100,000 each to advance their missions. The Semi-Final Round includes a six-week program sponsored by the University of St. Thomas in Houston that includes entrepreneurial education and mentoring to enhance the spiritual development and business acumen of the innovators.
Springs in the Desert is a Catholic community dedicated to spiritually accompanying those experiencing infertility and loss to discover the fruitfulness God has planned for their lives and marriages. The ministry was founded in 2019 by Kimberly Henkel, PhD and Ann Koshute, MTS, graduates of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and is supported by a number of Contributors and Team Members.
We are humbled to be chosen amongst these amazing Catholic initiatives, businesses and ideas. We are especially grateful that the OSV Institute discerned that the conversation around the pain and loneliness that come with infertility and loss was one worth elevating. Those of us suffering with infertility and loss often feel forgotten amongst our friends, families, and in our parishes, and we give glory to God that the judges recognized this need in the Catholic Church today.
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