The Rowan Legacy

Jackie and Charles Rowan met at the University of Dayton when Jackie was a freshmen and Charles was a sophomore. They initially met at the activity center with a group of friends and from there a romance blossomed. They started dating, going to lunch where Jackie claims that her “salty soup” won Charles over, and attended Church together. Eventually they both graduated and went their separate ways. Charles went to law school at The Ohio State University and Jackie started a new job in Columbus, Ohio.


However, they did not remain apart for long. They reconnected when Charles finished law school, got engaged, and got married on August 21, 1993. They later had two daughters, Morgan, who is now 22 years old and Ryenne, who is now 20 years old. Both Jackie and Charles were raised Catholic, and their faith has always been something very important to them. They knew that a Catholic education was important and they wanted their daughters to be socially aware, involved in the community, and charitable at an early age. They knew that a Catholic education would provide that so both girls attended St. Anthony elementary and later St. Francis DeSales High School.


In addition to their Catholic education, the entire family was heavily involved in their parish, St. Dominic. Jackie often volunteered for many of the programs that the girls were a part of, such as the religious education program (Friend of Jesus), the youth group (Teen Spirit), and youth conferences. The girls were lectors, altar servers, and served on the Diocesan youth council. They made lifelong friends through their involvement and have carried on their parents’ ideals of faith and giving back through philanthropy. Jackie said, “Church community and family is so important. It truly takes a village to raise a family and ours helped us. We are so thankful for Catholic education and that we were able to provide them with that experience.” Morgan will be graduating from Walsh University in May and Ryenne is a junior at the University of Toledo.

In addition to their parish involvement, Charles and the girls were involved with the group, Knights of Peter Claver. The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. is the largest historically AfricanAmerican Catholic lay organization in the United States.

The Order is named for St. Peter Claver, the Spanish Priest who ministered to African slaves. The Order was founded on November 7, 1909 in Mobile, Alabama and is presently headquartered in New Orleans. Their purpose is to render service to God and His Holy Church, render aid and assistance to the sick and disabled, and promote social and intellectual association among their members.


Charles is still a Knight today. Charles joined The Catholic Foundation board in 2009 and served three, three-year terms. Serving on the Foundation board was Charles’ first time on a board, and he was really looking forward to the experience. He knew that the work the Foundation was doing was important and he was happy to be contributing to the faith community. He also knew that as a board member, there is an expectation to make a gift. He wanted to make a gift but knew he didn’t have the same resources as some of the other board members. However, after working with the Foundation he was able to designate the Foundation, as a beneficiary of his life insurance policy.


This option did not hurt their current finances and wouldn’t leave Jackie in any sort of financial hardship when he passed. It is also flexible and adjustable should they want to change their plan. Charles said, “This is just another way, of many, that the Foundation works with people to make their desire to give a reality. There are many opportunities and we just need to start the conversation. You do not need a lot of money to give and to make a difference. If nothing else, the pandemic has taught us that there is a need to help others and be Christlike. Everything counts. Everything matters.”

If you are interested in learning how you can leave your legacy and support the causes that have impacted your life, contact Scott Hartman (614-443-8893, or visit our website at

A Message From Our CEO

loren brown


Dear Friends,

In this Spring Blessings, I am particularly happy to share with you the story of retired board member Charles Rowan and his wife Jackie. Their story is a beautiful example of what it means to incorporate giving into their family in a way that meets their needs and resources. We also have a story about a $25,000 grant to the Josephinum Diaconate Institute. This grant will help build their Spanish curriculum and increase the number of Hispanic priests and deacons to significantly enhance the ministry outreach in the Spanish speaking community.


As I reflect on a year of many challenges but also great hope, I am inspired by the many donors, priests, and organizations we get to work with on spreading Christ’s love and message. I encourage you to visit our website and watch our new testimonial video where you will hear from donors, community partners, and Bishop Brennan about the impact they have on the future of our Diocese. I would like to extend my immense gratitude for the continued support as we impact countless lives. We are almost finished with our fiscal year 2021 and I am very excited about the many things ahead in 2022. I encourage you to consider how best to support your parish or Catholic organization, by speaking with one of us at the Foundation. With your help and support, The Catholic Foundation will continue to be a resource for the future of our faith and our Diocese.

May God bless you, Loren Brown

The St. Martha Giving Circle Granting

The St. Martha Giving Circle (The Marthas) is an initiative dedicated to bringing Catholic women together to raise awareness and funds for organizations in the Diocese of Columbus. A giving circle by design, this group leverages a pooled fund to have a greater philanthropic impact on the selected organizations. Every Martha is eligible to nominate a group of their choice. Those that have given $100 or more by the last day of nominations will be eligible to vote on the organizations that were nominated.

The top ten with the greatest number of votes will be granted money. This year the nomination period is May 10-14 and voting is May 17-21.

Don’t Forget!

Interested in joining The Marthas or just want to learn more? Contact Kristin Shuey at 614-443-8893,, or visit for more information.

Inspiration Corner

Let’s Honor the Lord with our giving.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into our giving.”

– Mother Teresa


St. Vincent Family Center is one of Ohio’s most experienced and skilled child behavioral health treatment centers, helping over 5,000 families a year. Serving the unmet needs of families on the near east side of Columbus for over 140 years, St. Vincent Family Center provides children ages 3-17 with a range of best-in-class prevention, intervention, and behavioral health treatment care options.


Their team consists of more than 150 compassionate professionals including therapists, psychologists, pediatric psychiatrists, and certified teachers, all of whom are steeped in trauma-informed care. More than 90% of the children served successfully return to school and family. Each year, St. Vincent Family Center honors the work and mission of Monsignor Lawrence Corcoran by celebrating community members who contribute to the success and wellbeing of the children and families they serve. Just as Monsignor Corcoran was known for working tirelessly to improve conditions for the underserved and emphasizing dignity for all humans, St. Vincent Family Center recognizes extraordinary individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.


This year, St. Vincent Family Center is celebrating a brand new class of Corcoran Award winners and hosting a free, livestreamed Virtual Round Table – a conversation with SVFC’s behavioral health experts, addressing the mental wellness and social-emotional health of parents, families, professionals, and the children they care for.


Register for SVFC’s free Virtual Round Table on Friday, May 14th at To learn more about St. Vincent Family Center’s 2021 Corcoran Awards, visit https://www. St. Vincent Family Center has an endowment fund managed by The Catholic Foundation that anyone can contribute to at any time and in any amount. By doing so, you ensure that funding is available to the St. Vincent Family Center every year, forever.


We make good kids better by providing pediatric behavioral healthcare within a learning community to change the lives of children and families.



St. Vincent Family Center is the recognized leader in pediatric behavioral health care, assuring children and families succeed at home, school and in life.


This year, The Catholic Foundation has two outgoing board members, Fr. James Black and Fr. David Sizemore. Board members can serve three, three-year terms for a total of nine years of service. Both Father Black and Father Sizemore have served nine years on The Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees and will be incredibly missed by both the board and the staff. As part of their leaving, we asked them to share with us what they would miss most at the Foundation and some of their fondest memories. 

Father James Black

Father David Sizemore

Question 1

What was the best thing about serving on The Catholic Foundation board?

I think I learned a great deal about how the Foundation works and how helpful they can be in furthering the faith development of our parishes and institutions.

I loved working with Loren, his awesome staff, and the members of the board to support our Diocese. We helped so many of our parishes, schools, and apostolates realize their potential and be successful in their missions.  

Question 2

What was the most rewarding thing about serving on The Catholic Foundation board?

Knowing the impact our efforts had on so many of our faithful.  Especially all the assistance we can offer through our grants.  Great things are happening in our Diocese because of The Catholic Foundation.

I really enjoyed being on the Pastor’s Advisory Committee, where I helped advise the board and Foundation staff from the perspective of pastors around the Diocese.  We were able to identify several important needs in our parishes and be a catalyst for funding new initiatives to help pastors better serve their parishes.

Question 3

Do you have a favorite memory?

No specific memory comes to mind, but I will always remember how impressed I was with the members of the staff and board.  We are blessed with many dedicated and faith-filled people who generously offer their time and efforts in making the Foundation successful.

My favorite memory was being a part of the board decision to support Damascus Catholic Mission Campus as they built their new campus. It is amazing to now see the thousands of youth and adults they serve annually come closer to Christ.  

Question 4

How would you describe your overall experience?

My overall experience has been a very favorable one.  There has always been a spirit of mutual respect among the Foundation members, which is inspiring. 

It was a privilege and great inspiration to work with such a dedicated group of professional men and women from across our Diocese to advance the mission of the Church in our 23 counties of our Diocese.  

Question 5

Anything else you might want to include?

I would just add how much I appreciated being a part of the board and how blessed I am for being a part of their worthy efforts.

I enjoyed serving on the board for over 9 years. It has been one of the many joys of my priesthood.  

Led by Executive Director Father Louis V. Iasiello, OFM, the Josephinum Diaconate Institute (JDI) of the Pontifical College Josephinum offers educational programs through distance learning to diaconal aspirants and candidates, permanent deacons and their spouses, and lay ministers serving or preparing to serve the people of God through ministry in the Church. Its mission is to strengthen pre- and post-ordination diaconate formation on a national and worldwide basis. Their courses are hybrid in nature and include reading assignments, brief reflection papers, and online forums utilizing state-of-the-art technology.


For decades, the Institute has served a growing number of (arch)dioceses by providing online theological resources that foster the integration of the intellectual, spiritual, pastoral, and human dimensions of diaconate formation. Institute staff are committed to meeting the specific needs of every (arch)diocese. They work directly with inquirers, aspirants, and candidates to provide personal support and the finest online programming for their intellectual formation. The Diaconate Institute has been called one of the “best kept secrets” in the Church today. The Institute is dedicated to serving the needs of all.  


In an effort to fulfill their goal of “serving the needs of all”, the JDI applied for a grant with The Catholic Foundation to help them build out their Spanish curriculum and increase the number of Hispanic/Latino priests and deacons. Over the past few years, the JDI has been inundated with requests to provide degree and certificate programs in Spanish. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate predicted the Hispanic / Latino Catholic population in the United States will grow to 40% by 2020 based on trends and data dating back to 2007. In 2016 there were less than 2,700 Hispanic/Latino Priests, 2,600 Permanent Deacons and 6,900 Lay Ecclesial Ministers to serve more than 30,000,000 Hispanic /Latino Roman Catholics in the United States according to the statistics offered in The Fifth Encuentro. The grave shortage of qualified Hispanic / Latino clergy and laity to serve a rapidly growing Latino population has resulted in what some describe as an alarming exodus of Hispanic Catholics. According to a Pew Research Center study, nearly one-quarter of U.S. Hispanics now identify themselves as former Catholics.


The Catholic Foundation awarded the JDI a grant for $25,000 to further grow their mission and meet the needs of the Church. The grant will significantly enhance the ministry outreach to the Spanish speaking community in Columbus and others seeking to address the needs of this growing demographic. The goal is to provide Hispanic / Latino deacons and committed lay ministry candidates a curriculum to be offered in their native language and highlight the indigenous needs of the Hispanic / Latino community, in hopes of attracting more qualified candidates to the Institute’s formation programs. They believe that assisting the Church in closing the leadership gap identified by the Fifth Encuentro the needs of a growing Hispanic / Latino Catholic population will be better served and the ongoing exodus from the Church might be addressed. Father Iasiello said, “We have done a lot of great work in just a few short months and have sent information packets to over 120 different dioceses in the United States. We also have participation from Canada, Europe, and the Far East and hope that this new Spanish curriculum will expand into South America and other Spanish speaking countries.”


“I wish to give a profound thanks to The Catholic Foundation for giving us the seed money to get this off the ground. We would have never been able to afford the course creators and instructors for the Spanish program without their help.”, said Father Iasiello.

The Institute was inaugurated by the Pontifical College Josephinum – a Roman Catholic seminary in Columbus, Ohio – in 2007, in further fidelity to its own mission of providing formation and education for men aspiring to the priesthood. Founded in 1888, the Josephinum was granted pontifical status in 1892 by Pope Leo XIII and is the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy. The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States serves as its Chancellor and the institution is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Josephinum serves (arch)dioceses in the United States as well as select (arch)dioceses overseas.


This exciting initiative looks to the future of our diocese in light of the unique needs of people today, the needs of the culture around us, and the desire to form and equip Catholics to fulfill their baptismal call to become missionary disciples of our Lord and His Church to those in their everyday lives.


The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Columbus, launched the initiative to priests on December 1, 2020 and to parishes and schools on February 27-28, as a method of discerning the Diocese’s future and to usher in a new wave of evangelization initiatives to foster a greater sense of missionary discipleship.


“This really is our plan – all of us together,” Bishop Brennan said. “Our goal is to identify the needs of our Diocese for the 21st Century and how we meet those needs, and to expand Catholic presence to all our people, which is going to take some creativity. That’s at the heart of it. We want to make the presence of the Lord, the experience of the Sacraments, the encounter with Christ – we want to make that more available to people.”


This initiative aims for the future and how the Church serves her people through a process of listening to their needs, ideas, concerns, and desires. This planning and consultation phase will be held throughout 2021 and the findings will be implemented over the next few years. The full scope of the “Real Presence, Real Future” initiative will prepare the Diocese to increase its Catholic presence over the next 10 to 20 years. It is intended to meet the many needs of the Diocese of Columbus’ diverse areas and ethnicities, while emphasizing the utilization of active diocesan priests and deacons, mission-oriented parishes and schools, and all other available resources.


The initiative is focused on three main priorities:

  1. Engaging all Catholics to reflect upon the real presence of Jesus Christ in their lives and how they can share that presence with others.
  2. Articulating a plan for a comprehensive Catholic presence for each county/deanery by integrating missionary outreach, parish and school footprints, and leadership requirements for the next five years.
  3. Defining and developing the necessary Diocesan resource structures to support priests, deacons, and lay leaders in parishes and schools.


Much of the initiative’s work will be driven by six evangelization subcommittees specifically structured to support this effort. These subcommittees have been tasked with forming parish missionary disciples, increasing the Catholic presence and outreach to university and higher educational learning centers, using digital and social communications for evangelization, deploying lay missionaries in parishes and schools, forming Catholic school faculty and staff in missionary discipleship, and creating a soft-entry center focused on outreach to the religiously non-affiliated.


Preparatory work for this initiative has been underway for months, including establishing and structuring the evangelization subcommittees; further planning and implementation steps will continue in the coming year.

RPRF News and Updates – Don’t Miss Out!

Keep up with RPRF. In addition to the website, you can check out the feature articles in the Catholic Times. Both the print and online additions will feature regular articles written by Catholic leaders from around the Diocese.

Development corner

Welcome to the Development (Dev) Corner! This is a new section of our Blessings Newsletter that will talk about timely and relevant topics going on in our world today. Each member of our Development Team will write a piece sharing information they think is relevant to our donors and partners. Enjoy!


Is a Donor Advised Fund Right for You?

Scott Hartman

Scott Hartman

VP of Development

I had dinner recently (yes, in-person, face-to-face!) with a husband and wife who asked me a very basic question; “So what does The Catholic Foundation do?” As I went through the litany of ways that the Foundation supports our Catholic faith throughout the Diocese of Columbus, I said something that caught their attention. “Many donors use a donor advised fund to manage their charitable giving.”


I continued, explaining that a donor advised fund (DAF) is in essence a charitable checking account in which the donor makes a tax-deductible gift(s) to, all the while retaining the ability to advise the Foundation when and where to send charitable contributions. I said, “think of it like a health savings account for charity.” The DAF ends up being a one-stop-shop for sending charitable gifts to parishes, alma maters, social service organizations, local elementary and high schools, and even charities in a hometown outside of Ohio.


Donor advised funds have been around since the 1930’s but it wasn’t until the last ten or fifteen years that they have really taken off in popularity. The Catholic Foundation’s first DAF wasn’t created until 1992, but we have seen an explosion of growth of funds since then. A DAF’s flexibility and tax incentives, coupled with donor input on investment options and distributions, has led to the creation of more than 400 funds to date.


According to the National Philanthropic Trust, there was a 22% increase in donor advised funds opened from 2018 to 2019. This fiscal year alone (June, 2020 – July 2021), Foundation donors have used their donor advised funds to send 1,800 organizations a total of $6,255,000. From the Bishop’s Annual Appeal to capital campaigns for local high schools, donors have found that using a DAF is a simple and convenient way to manage their giving.


As I explained to the couple, the joy of the donor advised fund is that it is so flexible that it can be used by more than just couples or families.

  • Nonprofit organizations have created DAFs to help streamline their donor support, directing donor gifts into the DAF in aid of their missions.
  • Numerous Knights of Columbus Councils have created their own DAFs to provide a centralized location to invest their resources.
  • This year, a donor created a DAF with the sole purpose of supporting the needs of the Youth Ministry program at a local parish.
  • Years ago, a husband created a DAF and secretly funded it until his wife’s retirement. Her retirement gift was the fund with a significant amount of money that she could then send to her favorite Catholic causes.
  • Just last week we opened a new DAF for a family whose father passed away. The fund will be used to collect memorial contributions and then the family will distribute the proceeds to charities in dad’s name.

In my mind, the husband and wife were completely enthralled with my description of the DAF. In reality, they may have just been really enjoying the Villa Nova pizza, but they were intrigued! “I assume to start one of those funds we need a lot of money” the husband bristled. “To the contrary”, I shared, “donor advised funds can be created with a gift of any size, even $10 will do.” He clearly wasn’t expecting that answer.


I also shared that unlike other local organizations and foundations, The Catholic Foundation invests donor’s gifts to be in alignment with Catholic teachings: something that you can’t find elsewhere.


The couple liked what they heard and saw a real value in having their own DAF. We completed the simple paperwork in one day and the
fund was quickly up and running and has already sent their first gift to their parish.


If you would like more information or want to discuss a donor advised fund, I would welcome a conversation. Feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at 614-443-8893.


About the Catholic Foundation

The Catholic Foundation’s mission is to inspire giving and assist donors to provide for the long-term needs of the 23-county Diocese of Columbus. The Catholic Foundation fulfills its mission by seeking donors to establish endowment funds designed to support current and future needs and by distributing earnings according to diocesan priorities and donor intent.  It is one of the oldest and largest Catholic foundations in the country, distributing over $156 million throughout the diocese since 1985. For additional information about The Catholic Foundation, please visit

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