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Financial Support is Appreciated at the Seminary

Air Conditioning Installed in St. Gregory the Great Chapel

Kevin LeMelle is entering his second year of Theology as a seminarian at the Athenaeum of Ohio. He’s the first seminarian in 40 years from St. Bernard Parish, in Springfield. He’s one of the nearly 100 seminarians who are living and studying at the Athenaeum during the Fall semester. It’s the time of year when temperatures are starting to drop off, but even with the hottest days of the summer behind him, he still appreciates the central air conditioning installed this past Spring in St. Gregory the Great Chapel and the six remaining unairconditioned classrooms.


“It would get really hot in there [the chapel]. Part of it is that the kitchen is underneath, so you have the kitchen heat rising up through the floor. And we have pipes in the subbasement so we have two layers of stuff happening underneath [the chapel] with a lot of heat coming up from below. It really gets hot in there,” said Mr. LeMelle.

Seminarians spend upwards of 2.5 hours a day, on weekdays, in prayer in the chapel. They gather each morning for Morning Prayer and daily Mass, they gather for the midday praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, and they attend a Holy Hour and pray Evening Prayer together as well. The weekend schedule is slightly more relaxed.

Examples like the air conditioning installation, highlight the need for financial donations to continue with the upkeep of the 55-year-old building that houses the main chapel, dormitories and classrooms at the Athenaeum (the east wing of the Athenaeum, which also includes classrooms and dormitories, is nearly 90 years old).

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“I am very cognizant and aware of the financial support from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I try to be aware of that when I don’t feel like studying or doing certain things, or seeing the purpose in certain things when it comes to formation. But this is what God is asking me to do and I recognize that it is being paid for by someone else,” said Mr. LeMelle.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati continues to foster vocations with a financial commitment each year through the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign. Funds for this allocation are given to The Athenaeum of Ohio. In 2017 The Athenaeum received just shy of $2.5 million dollars. The funds were used for operating costs, endowments and tuition assistance. $439,417 of the 2017 funds were used to complete the air conditioning installation.


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Faith Formation: The Focus of New Certification Software

Teachers continue to sign up for Vocare

Victoria Ryan has been a volunteer catechist for decades. She took traditional classes to learn about teaching the faith and has been working to pass on the Catholic faith ever since.  At her local parish, St. Julie Billiart, she teaches 6th graders on Sundays.

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In 2017 the Archdiocese of Cincinnati released a new platform for teachers and catechists to keep up to date on their religion teaching certification. The program is called Vocare. It was designed and launched with funding from the 1 Faith, 1 Hope, 1 Love capital campaign. The website-based software allows teachers and catechists to keep up certification through online classes. The classes involve several forms of media including instructional videos, graphics, music, reading material, pictures and more.

“I didn’t expect to like it,” said Ms. Ryan, referencing her concern when she started the program more than a year ago. “Now I really look forward to the next lesson.” There have even been areas of study that have greatly enhanced her own faith growth and she is confident that others are experiencing the same growth. “What I like about Vocare, even though there is a section in there about how to teach, this is valuable because it talks about the content of what you are teaching. . . .Even after maybe 12 years of Catholic schooling, you just have to keep going with adult education and this is a great tool for that,” said Ms. Ryan. She believes that teachers and catechists passing on the Catholic faith need to be well-formed in their faith and that Vocare is a great tool in achieving that. “I do think the organizers of Vocare care about forming the spirituality of the Catholic teachers and catechists.”

Also included in the Vocare platform is content focused around the Theology of the Body. “I found the Theology of the Body content very informative and eye opening,” said Ms. Ryan. “I think the organizers put a lot of thought into Vocare and implemented it well.”

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It was an adjustment for local teachers and catechists to transition to the website-based learning program, but after more than one year of use organizers are confident that as more and more users begin the Vocare platform it will continue to be successful. “We have heard feedback from teachers, principals and parish catechists that once they get over that initial shock of coming into online learning, they actually enjoy that it is more flexible, more convenient and they don’t have to leave their home to do the courses,” said Andrea Patch, who manages the curriculum for Vocare out of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati offices.

At this point more than 3,400 users are active on the Vocare system and more new users will be logging on this Fall. To assist new users the staff at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati does have Vocare Support, which includes 3 staff members who work to answer questions, via phone calls and emails to anyone who may be struggling. To ask questions call, 513-421-3131 or email



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Campaign Reaches $100 Million in Pledge Payments

Thanks to generosity of thousands, the One Faith, One Hope, One Love capital campaign has surpassed $100 million in pledge payments! Check out the bulletin insert below for more details about the continued success of this historic campaign. Click here for a PDF version of the bulletin insert.

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Dayton Summer School is Wrapping Up!

Congratulations to the students finishing the Summer School program this week in Dayton!

Dayton Summer School is made possible through donations to the 1 Faith, 1 Hope, 1 Love campaign in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

            Not many students find enjoyment in multiplying fractions during their summer break – but 7th grader Angel Perez says that learning how to multiply fractions was his favorite thing he’s learned at the Dayton Summer School program. And 7th grader Quinten Johnson most enjoyed the section on poetry that he learned in language arts during the Dayton Summer School program.

2018 was the 10th year for the Summer School program that has seen a lot of success in helping struggling students to maintain a learning curriculum over the summer break. The half day program ran for 4 weeks from June into July. Each day included breakfast and lunch for all 80 students enrolled and daily bus transportation from neighboring locations for students in need. The Dayton Summer School program operates on a budget of $57,000 from the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF).  There is an enrollment cost, $100 for the first child, $50 for each additional child.

The program provides instruction for students grades Kindergarten through 7th and pulls students from thirteen surrounding Catholic schools: Ascension School, Immaculate Conception School, Incarnation School, St. Helen School, Mother Brunner School, Our Lady of the Rosary School, St. Benedict School, Holy Angels School, St. Christopher School, St. Peter School, St. Anthony School, St Charles School, and St. Albert School. As part of the program a pre-assessment and post assessment is given to each student.

The program is run by Monica Haus and Lindsey Rupp. “We have a lot of students that are Dayton residents and some of them do live in the rougher neighborhoods, so being here is really great for them because it is a healthy option for what they could be doing with their day,” said Ms. Rupp. Both Ms. Rupp and Ms. Haus agree that the positive environment is a big component of the Summer School program. “The program is not only academic but also students’ social and emotional needs are being met. We have small class sizes, at around 10 students per teacher and I think that builds a relationship between a teacher, an adult, as another role model,” said Ms. Haus.


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Funds helped refugees, new programming needs and more

The following report was submitted by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley to show the organization’s use of funds from the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign in 2017.


Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

2017 Annual Report

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley received two gift disbursements from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati One Faith, One Hope, One Love Campaign in 2017 for a total of $644,404.10.  The money was used to expand programs and services, support existing programs in need of transitional funding streams, accomplish needed capital improvements to existing buildings, and provide necessary resources to improve outreach throughout our community.

New Program Development

Funding support from the campaign helped CSSMV begin or enhance several new programs in 2017. In the agency’s northern counties region, CSSMV was able to begin delivering 40 lb. staple food boxes to home bound. The program is a partnership with the Shared Harvest Foodbank and is being piloted in three counties.  Additionally, the Sidney office was able to leverage Ohio Department of Transportation funding with matching funds from the campaign to better serve the transportation needs of our rural counties through Ridelink.

Through the Montgomery County/ United Way combined funding application, CSSMV was able to start an expansion program of the Pregnancy and Parenting support program call Teen Parents Learn.  This unique program seeks to assist high school aged students – who are pregnant or new parents – complete their high school degree, while teaching them critical parenting skills.

Another new program initiated by Montgomery County/United Way combined funding application was the Families Forward initiative.  This partnership between CSSMV (case management partner and lead agency), Dayton Public Schools, the University of Dayton, the House of Bread and Dayton Children’s Hospital provides wrap around service for children and their families at Kiser Elementary (K-5), a school which 100% of the students are eligible for free and reduced school lunch.

Finally, the parenting staff was able to allocate important resources and staff time to enhance the Parent Resource Room at Lincoln Academy.  Providing needed hospitality items, educational materials, and technology access to improve the experience for all parents visiting the center.

Total investment in new program development – $162,500

Improving Parish participation and engagement

The campaign continued to fund the position of Parish and Community Relations Manager.  2017 did see some changes to the position which will allow for deeper connections with parish staff, religious, and the parishioners themselves. Volunteer management and stewardship has now been included in the job description for the manager. This will allow for a more seamless transition from outreach to cultivation.

Total investment in Parish and Community Relations Manager – $39,492

Investment in IT infrastructure and capital improvements

The funds from 2017 helped CSSMV make several IT upgrades.  It allowed for the ongoing implementation of the new Apricot case management software, and helped CSSMV launch a refreshed website – Additionally, we were able to make lighting improvements and increase efficiency at the Center for Families on Brown Street and the Eckerle Administration Building on Riverview Avenue.

Total investment in IT infrastructure and capital improvements – $47,500

Program capacity building and replacement for unforeseen loss in public funding

2017 was a challenging year for the refugee resettlement program.  With uncertainty at the federal level and substantial loss in new arrivals, the resettlement program relied heavily on the support of both the Archdiocese and the USCCB.  This bridge support allowed the refugee program to realign its priorities, staffing and goals in several areas, while maintaining its level of service to our newest arriving refugees.

The campaign helped CSSMV grow the Family Stabilization and Support program – the fastest growing program in the Dayton office. This program provides case management support to anyone in the Dayton area, and is operated out of the food pantry.  It also supported ongoing programming in counseling through the SAFE program.  This program works with children suffering from RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder).

Erma’s House received additional support in 2017 from the campaign to continue its important work as the only supervised visitation and exchange services building in Montgomery County.  Erma’s, which was recognized this year by the Council on Accreditation as the gold standard for supervised visitation in the country, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.  The funds were used to bridge a gap in new service from the county to combat a rise in children’s services cases.

Finally, the campaign helped support capacity building with early childhood education (opened new classroom), and losses in county and state funding for parenting education, senior service and food contracts for the pantry.

Total investment in program capacity building and replacement for loss in public funding – $447,000 (includes balance used from 2016 campaign funds)

Strategic Leadership Development

In 2017, the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign continued to enable CSSMV to invest in strategic planning, and professional development opportunities for its staff. Most notably, CSSMV was able to retain consulting services to create a strategy for continuation of health care services in the northern counties region with the possibility of Medicaid eliminating the PASSPORT program.  This program is the largest staffed program at CSSMV and accounts for more than 2/3 of the agency’s total annual budget.

Additionally, three members of the agency staff were able to participate in the CCUSA national conference in Houston, Texas. Due to the conference taking place just weeks after hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, conference attendees – including those from CSSMV – were invited to join in the recovery efforts.

Total investment in strategic leadership development and consulting fees – $46,500


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Happy Retirement!

IMG_7788If you’ve called the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Stewardship Department in the last few years with questions about your donation to the 1 Faith, 1 Hope, 1 Love campaign, you may have talked to Nancy Dragan. And if you have left a voicemail for the department, she has more than likely promptly returned your call. In fact, she’s returned more than 4,600 phone calls about donations since January of 2016. And she’ll make her final phone calls, on Friday, June 1, 2018, when she retires from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Ms. Dragan has worked extensively on the 1 Faith, 1 Hope, 1 Love campaign from its inception. She’s patiently helped thousands of donors over the years. And that hasn’t always meant assisting with people’s financial donations, but also answering simple questions, taking time to listen to some long-winded callers and at times offering prayers for those who call. And it’s obvious that her patience stems from her faith and is an important part of the work that she is doing. “I thank God every morning for the blessings I cannot see. Those are the most important. I don’t think people have a full understanding of what all the [1 Faith, 1 Hope, 1 Love] campaign is doing for people, but those are the blessings that you can’t always see,” said Ms. Dragan.


Nancy Dragan, Campaign Assistant, with Leslie Odioso, Donor Relations Manager

In addition to Ms. Dragan’s patience and faith that are the foundation of her work, her role as Campaign Assistant, also provides a sentimental connection to her father. In the 1950s, Ms. Dragan’s father, Paul Rauf, volunteered for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s capital campaign to raise money to build several high schools in the archdiocese.  He walked door to door asking for donations to the campaign. “I just find that to be kind of odd that my dad did that so many years ago and then here’s his daughter, a grown woman with a family, and I end up working on the historical campaign,” said Ms. Dragan.


Congratulations on your retirement Nancy from all of us at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati!


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Momentum of growth at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

More than $15 Million dollars from the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaigns is set aside for Fostering Vocations.

Director of Development at The Athenaeum of Ohio, Kyle Isaack, was recently interviewed by Fox 19 about the growth of the seminary and increase in vocations to the priesthood.




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