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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.

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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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Another milestone in teaching Theology of the Body

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Over the last four years, the Office for Evangelization and Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has shown a great love and dedication in their work developing a new religion Graded Course of Study for Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students. The new curriculum now incorporates Theology of the Body into content taught each year in school religion classes and catechetical programs throughout the archdiocese. This work was made possible with funds from the 1Faith1Hope1Love campaign.

The Theology of the Body teaching originated in 129 Wednesday audiences by Pope St. John Paul II between 1979 and 1984. During the audiences the Holy Father presented a unified vision of personhood as soul and body. Archbishop Schnurr has directed that the Theology of the Body be a part of religion studies for all schools and parishes in the archdiocese.

In 2016 the Graded Course of Study was approved for schools and catechetical programs in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 4th. In February of 2018 Archbishop Schnurr approved the Graded Course of Study in grades    5th – 8th. With funds from the 1Faith1Hope1Love campaign the Office for Evangelization and Discipleship is working toward a curriculum for high school students to be released in 2020.

“In this age of radical secularism, scientism and self-invention, we Catholics must boldly and lovingly proclaim the truth, the goodness and the beauty of the biblical vision of what it means to be human,” wrote Archbishop Schnurr, in a February 14th announcement when he officially promulgated the new course of study.

The undertaking of this latest Graded Course of Study was enormous. It included five contributing writers. The review committee consisted of more than a dozen clergy and dozens of parish catechetical leaders, catechists, Catholic school administrators and teachers.

The new Graded Course of Study provides resources to help teachers with the content – something they did not have in the past. The study materials include citations from Magisterial documents and Sacred Scripture. In addition to the educational resources, new prayer booklets have also been created to accompany the material.

The Theology of the Body content is new in the Graded Course of Study, but the other focus areas remain the same:  knowledge of the faith, knowledge of the sacraments and liturgy, moral formation, praying with Christ, living in the community of the Church, and living as a Christian in society.

Archbishop Schnurr went on to write, “I pray that God will richly bless these standards as a centerpiece of our efforts to create a culture of vocations amongst our Archdiocesan Catholic school principals, teachers, directors of religious education and parents.”


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Erma’s House

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley is an organization that receives funds from the 1 Faith 1 Hope 1 Love campaign. Part of the funds support a Family Visitation Center. The article below first appeared in the Catholic Social Services Winter 2017 Good News magazine.

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Erma’s House: Supporting families and protecting children

Keeping children safe has been the mission of Erma’s House Family Visitation Center since its beginning in 1997. The program – which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year (2017) – grew out of the community’s need for a safe, structured environment for children to have scheduled contact and maintain a relationship with their non-residential parents.

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The Montgomery County Child Protection Task Force was convened in 1993 in response to the community’s growing concern about child protection issues. In February of 1995, their year-long study resulted in a 90-page report titled “A Community That Supports Families and Protects Children.”

Based on the 56 recommendations in the report, a Child Protection Work Group was formed and began working toward the establishment of a Family Visitation Center. With collaboration and support from community partners, Catholic Social Services was approached to operate the new center.

The intent was to design a program to establish a safe, home-like environment where children could visit with their non-custodial parents in an atmosphere conducive to a nurturing interchange between the parent and child.

The need for supervised parenting may be related to divorce or separation, child abuse or neglect, protection or restraining orders, or other issues where a neutral setting is important to the safety and comfort of the family unit. Erma’s House reduces the potential for physical and emotional harm for both children and parents.

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Trained staff and volunteers monitor the interaction between parent and child, observing the visit and keeping a record of activities. The monitor only intervenes if it is considered necessary for the emotional or physical safety of the child.

Erma’s House also offers supervised exchanges for a parent who needs to transfer the child between households without interacting with the other parent. Staff monitors the exchange to ensure the safety of all family members.

To access the services of Erma’s House, a family must be referred by a third party such as Montgomery County Children Services, social workers or mental health professionals, or the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court or Juvenile Court. At least one parent or guardian must live in Montgomery County.


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Beyond the school walls; programming needs receive funding

Funds seek to foster Catholic identity in schools and parishes

In addition to the distribution of funds for tuition grants from the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign, funds are also allocated for programs that foster the Catholic identity, leadership and academic quality in schools, religious education programs and parishes. This programming will receive $343,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.

The money will be used to continue several initiatives with the aim of growing the Catholic identity. These include the Vocare and “School of Faith” programs.

Money will also be allocated for programs designed to foster school and catechetical leadership skills. Catholic high school boards, the professional development of principals, Directors of Religious Education and the continuation of the Aspiring Leaders program that began last year, will all be a focus for the Archdiocese’s Educational Services Department. In addition the strategic vision for the Department will also be explored.

Money for academic efforts will fund Latino Outreach programs, preschool initiatives that continue to grow (currently 65 preschools in the Archdiocese) and summer school programs that assist students living in poverty.

 


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Illuminating the story of Jesus for more than a century

Windows in Wapakoneta are dazzling again

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A number of churches in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have used the 20% rebate funds from the Archdiocesan capital campaign, One Faith, One Hope, One Love, to assist in church and parish renovations. The money has been critical for projects to improve grounds, make additions and in some cases restore beauty. At St. Joseph Church in Wapakoneta the renovation of the church has been a multi-year, multi-campaign project.

Before the inception of One Faith, One Hope, One Love, St. Joseph Church began their own capital campaign for church improvements. According to Father Pat Sloneker, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, despite the parish needs, parishioners recognized the needs of the broader Church and still pledged to the Archdiocesan campaign. “Outstanding, good stewards that they are, St. Joseph parishioners pledged generously to the Archdiocesan campaign as well. Many of us had to wait until our own church renovation campaign ended and then immediately began payment of the archdiocesan campaign’s pledge,” said Fr. Sloneker.

And their generosity was recognized in the 20% rebate to the parish from the campaign. In total the parish will receive an estimated $144,000 in rebates once all pledges are paid. This money is going toward accomplishing a renovation they were unable to originally complete, the restoration of the church’s stained glass windows.

The rebate money supplied more than 20% of the funds toward the $660,000 project. The rest of the funds were raised through the support of the parishioners for the continued renovation of the church and the generosity of the Wapakoneta Kleinhenz Moeller Foundation.

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Walking into St. Joseph Church, the beauty of the more than 100-year-old church is astounding and contributing to the church’s radiance are more than a dozen dazzling stained glass windows. Originally designed in Munich, Germany, the windows were purchased around the time that the church was built in 1911. There are ten windows each measuring 20.5 feet by 5.5 feet that go down the nave of the church. Each cost $300 when purchased. These windows depict various saints and events in the life of Christ, including the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Presentation in the Temple, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, the Agony in the Garden, the Crucifixion, St. Anne with the Virgin Mary, St. Martin of Tours, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and Simon of Cyrene. In addition three large rose windows, each more than 20 feet high, grace the church walls above the vestibule and above each side of the altar. The rose windows depict angels, as well as the Nativity of the Lord and St. Joseph with the Child Jesus.

“I love the St. Joseph windows, particularly the window of the Nativity, which faces the presider’s chair.  Now the windows are even more radiant,” said Fr. Sloneker. “Parishioners have been of one voice in praise of the beauty of the finished product.  The windows look new and the glory of the Lord Jesus shines through them!”

The restoration project for the windows has taken several years. Begun in January of 2015, the process included removing each window for cleaning and inspection and then replacing it. The project is now coming to an end. The church hopes to have the full restoration completed in April of 2018 – just in time to let the spring sunshine illuminate the windows during the brilliance of the Easter season!

 


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Serving the community; Catholic Charities boosts programming with rebate money

Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio announced their 2017 report of funds from the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign. For the year, the agency received just more than $1.2 million dollars. They used the money to fund food pantries, provide family services, programming and more. Each of the programs listed below are opportunities for service made possible from funds provided by the campaign. The programs are directly impacting on thousands of lives.

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The Catholic Charities Parish Outreach program allows lay people and clergy to bring services to those in need. In 2017 they were able to serve more than 115 parishes with assistance in food and coats and helping to organize donations.

Catholic Charities provides meals to those in need in every area of the Archdiocese. One initiative is the Catholic Charities Food for All that works with social service agencies to serve rural communities in the eastern counties of the Archdiocese. The funds were also used to provide meals through the Springfield Food Pantry and mobile pantries. In 2017 more than 450,000 meals were served through pantries and school backpack programs.

Individual counseling to children is provided to at-risk children and their families through Catholic Charites. In 2017 more than 1,200 children were served.

Hispanic and Latino immigrants are provided assistance through the Su Casa program organized by Catholic Charities. Services include education and fitness classes, health fairs, screenings, referrals and emergency assistance. In 2017 more than 4,000 were served through this outreach.

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Behavioral health services are provided through Catholic Charities to anyone in need, regardless of faith or income. The program is certified through the Ohio Department of Mental Health. In 2017 more than 10,000 sessions were provided.

In 2017 more than 5,500 volunteers worked at Catholic Charities. Their service produced nearly 200,000 hours of work on behalf of the agency.

In 2017 needed updates were made to phones, signage and HVAC.

According to the CEO of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, Ted Bergh, the One Faith, One Hope, Love campaign has been instrumental in allowing Catholic Charities to serve the community. “All of this work from, Food for All, to volunteer engagement, was made possible by the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign. Donations enabled us to launch new services and expand existing programs. Contributions improved the lives of thousands of more people served by Catholic Charities,” said Mr. Bergh.

 


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