Our Navigator Expansion


Thank you for your financial support of St Brendan’s ONE Campaign. Phase one of the Campaign of joining our school to our church and adding an Adoration Chapel plus more meeting space and parish offices is now complete. Another phase of renovating Wellnitz Hall to add even more meeting spaces and storage space is also complete. The remaining phases will be addressed at a future time.

Thank you for your continuous and generous support!

Note: St Brendan’s new online giving software, Pushpay, is a faith-based digital platform. Moving forward, all gifts will be processed through Pushpay’s secure giving platform.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office, 614-876-1272.

Campaign Information

For the past several decades, St Brendan the Navigator has been striving to meet the needs of our growing parish. In 2016, we embarked upon a study to determine the most critical needs of our parish. These included significantly more meeting and ministry space, greater storage, renovated office space, a preschool ministry and a desire for liturgical space for Eucharistic Adoration.

From this study, we designed a stand-alone building to address many of these needs. Initial designs were presented to the community in the summer of 2017, followed by a feasibility study later that fall. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that the proposed parish center design was not financially feasible and would not address all the needs identified by our community. It was literally back to the drawing board. But we trusted where God was leading us, and He turned our initial disappointment into something great!

On September 25, 2018, St Brendan officially launched The ONE (Our Navigator Expansion) Campaign – a four-phased building construction and expansion campaign to better meet the needs of our vibrant community. Highlights include construction of an Adoration Chapel, additional meeting space, new offices and storage, a new Student Learning Center, a future early childhood education wing and renovation of existing space. Details of each phase can be found in the sections below.

It has been more than 20 years since our last major expansion and renovation project, and we are long overdue for additional space.  During this process we listened to feedback from our parishioners and ministry leaders and developed a plan that meets the needs addressed by YOU, our faith community.

Full parish and school support is critical to the success of this campaign. Per Diocesan guidelines, we need 100% of construction costs pledged and 50% of pledge funds collected to begin construction.  Should it take longer than expected to meet these guidelines, it’s very likely that the cost of the project will increase.

After determining that our original design was not feasible, we began looking at the campus as a whole and finding ways to make the best use of new and renovated space. The result is a four-phased approach that will allow us to address the highest needs first and allow us to complete future phases as funding allows.

Benefits of the Master Plan include:

  • Lower cost alternative than 2017 design while still meeting the needs of the parish
  • Creation of a comprehensive, well-designed master facilities plan
  • Combination of new and re-purposed space
  • Phased approached to address highest community-identified priorities first
  • Reflection of our community-building mission by physically connecting parish & school spaces
  • Creation of a clearly identifiable campus front entrance for visitors

“The ONE Campaign: One Faith, One Family, One Future” is a name that represents the unity and connection so valued at St Brendan. By including ONE (which stands for Our Navigator Expansion) in the name of this capital campaign, we are reflecting the spirit of St Brendan the Navigator Parish as well as the physical and symbolic connection of our school and parish facilities into one cohesive campus.




Dear Parish Family,

Thanks to nearly 1,100 donors and friends, we have completed the first phase of our ONE Campaign expansion, which includes new parish and school offices, a large dividable meeting space, a new POD childcare area, the Chas McCurdy Learning Center and our stunning Adoration Chapel. Please come visit us when you feel comfortable doing so! We have finished renovating Wellnitz Hall into smaller, more intimate meeting spaces and storage.

But there is still much work to do before we can complete the master plan presented in September 2018. Due to budget constraints, we needed to delay the renovation of our cafeteria into DiPietro Commons and many of the “soft” costs for Phase 1 were also deferred. 

The speed at which we can finish the expansion is fully dependent on funding.  We still need prayerful and generous support of the ONE campaign to reach our full funding goals. I encourage you to prayerfully discern what St Brendan Parish has meant to your faith life and how YOU can be a part of this historic effort. Together, as ONE, we can make the remainder of this expansion a reality.

God bless,


Giving Information


For new pledges, download the pledge card here.

There are several ways through which you can make a gift or fulfill your pledge commitment while also maximizing your tax savings. A few options include:

  • StocksOne of the most tax-efficient ways to give is by contributing long-term appreciated securities, like stocks. There are two big advantages to donating in this way. First, since you are not selling your stock, there are no capital gains taxes to be paid when you gift the stock. The more appreciation the stocks have, the bigger your tax savings will be. The second advantage is that any of your stocks that were purchased over a year ago that have a current value greater than their original cost can be donated and become eligible for a tax deduction equal to the full fair market value of the stock, up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Please see your tax advisor for more information.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover:The IRA Charitable Rollover, or qualified charitable distribution (QCD), allows individuals who are 70 ½ years or older to satisfy all or a portion of their annual required minimum distribution (RMD) and donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without that donation being counted as taxable income when it is withdrawn. To qualify, contributions must come from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA, and they must be made directly to a qualified charitable organization.
  • Donor Advised Funds: A donor-advised fund is a type of charitable giving where you donate a nonrefundable amount, either in cash or securities, to a nonprofit of your choice. The advantage to this type of giving is that you are able to direct the fund’s administrator as to which charities should receive the donations. You also immediately receive the maximum tax benefit from the IRS for your contribution, and you can set up the funds to continue in the future.

To fulfill a pledge using a gift of stock or appreciated securities for The ONE Campaign, please download the following forms, using the instructions provided on each form.

New Stock Instructions
Stock Power Form
Letter of Intent



Our Campaign Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We give you thanks and praise for the many blessings you give us each day. You have asked us to build up the kingdom of God, each in our own way. As we strive to do your will, we ask you to help us discern how you are calling us to strengthen and fortify the St Brendan faith community.

Please send the Holy Spirit to guide us along the way and show us how best to invest the gifts of time, talent, and treasure that you have so generously bestowed on us.

Through the ONE campaign, may we seek to connect our community physically under one roof so as to visibly show our unity with each other.

Jesus prayed to you, Father, that we may all be one. In that same spirit, prayerfully ask you to bless our community with grateful hearts and a spirit of hope for the future. May we truly be one with each other in the Body of Christ.

We ask all this, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, and in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Written by Fr Ed Shikina, for the people of St Brendan’s Parish