logo-ascension-newThe Faith Formation Leader

Fact Sheet

Company Overview

Ascension is the leader in Catholic faith formation and digital content. Founded in 1998, for the past 25 years Ascension has helped nurture the faith of more than 10 million people in 8,000 parishes through books, Bibles, faith formation programs, chart-topping podcasts like The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz), engaging social media accounts, and Ascension Presents—one of the largest Catholic YouTube channel in English.

Unparalleled Digital Platforms for Catholic Content

  • The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) featuring Jeff Cavins was the #1 show on Apple Podcasts in all categories for 17 days after its launch, from January 2 to 18, 2021, and hit the same position again in January 2022. Its sequel podcast, The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz), achieved the same #1 spot in 2023. Press resources here.
  • Ascension’s 13 podcasts have received over half a billion—520 million—total downloads. The unquestioned leader in Catholic podcasting, Ascension’s shows have hit #1 on Apple podcasts in all categories for three years in a row and regularly hold the #1 spots in Religion & Spirituality on Apple, Chartable, and Spotify.
  • The Ascension social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) enjoy 1.6 million combined followers and publish inspiring, uplifting faith-based content daily.

Books and Study Programs for Individuals and Communities

  • Ascension developed The Great Adventure® Bible Study Program, which organizes Scripture study according to The Bible Timeline®, an innovative system of twelve color-coded, easily remembered time periods. The Bible Timeline Learning System has been used by hundreds of thousands of Catholics to better understand God’s Word.
  • The Great Adventure Catholic Bible, developed to accompany The Great Adventure program, is the most popular and best-rated Catholic Bible in the United States, having received the most 5-star ratings of any Catholic Bible on Amazon. It features The Bible Timeline and other study aids integrated directly into the scriptural text and is also available in Spanish.

Our Mission and Values

Our mission is to present the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith as the path to a fulfilled life and authentic happiness. We share valuable resources, create powerful media, and build communities to answer the longings of the human heart with the transformative power of the Gospel.