Our Navigator Expansion


Thank you for your financial support of St Brendan’s ONE Campaign. We are still in need of funds to pay for phase one of the campaign and for the Wellnitz Hall renovations so please consider making a donation. You can choose either making a payment on your existing ONE campaign pledge or donating a new gift by clicking on the corresponding buttons above, or download the giving card pdf here.

As you may have heard, St Brendan has established an exciting new partnership with Pushpay, a faith-based digital platform.

Moving forward, all gifts, whether one-time or recurring will be processed through Pushpay’s secure giving platform.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Colleen Speer at the Parish Office, 614-876-1272 ext 238 or cspeer@stbrendans.net

Thank you for your continuous and generous support!


Founded as a small but prayerful Catholic church in 1956, St Brendan the Navigator Parish has expanded to become one of the Columbus’ most active, vibrant parishes. Our parishioners are generous with their time, talent and treasure, and as a result, we are seeing continual growth in our ministries.

With our last significant expansion more than 20 years ago, the time has come to embark on a new effort for the future of St Brendan’s.  As one of the largest Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Columbus, we are long overdue for facilities that meet the needs of a community our size and allow us to grow deeper in our faith. However, this campaign is about more than just offices, meeting rooms and sacred spaces (although that is important!) What we’re really building through this campaign is capacity and opportunity for people to experience the authentic presence of Jesus through ministries, outreach, and liturgy.  In these new and renovated spaces, our community will find fresh and expanded ways to grow in their faith and build a Catholic community, and this truly is an historic opportunity for our parish.

We all share a common bond as members of St Brendan Parish Family, and these facility improvements will benefit our whole community. As such, we are inviting and encouraging everyone to make an investment in The ONE Campaign.  With your generous support, we can provide the facilities needed to support our growing faith community and help in our mission to meet and guide people along their journeys of faith.

Thank you for your prayerful discernment and generous investment!

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,

It is with great joy and faith in the Lord that I write this message—the time has FINALLY come to open our doors to the NEW St Brendan campus!

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!

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. We still have plans to renovate Wellnitz Hall into smaller, more intimate meeting spaces and storage and to complete the other phases in the master plan, as funding allows.

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.


These gift opportunities provide a lasting symbol of your support. 

Adoration Chapel – $500,000

DiPietro Commons Renovation – $500,000

Davidson Road Meeting Room – $400,000

Wellnitz Hall Renovation – $100,000

Warming Kitchen – $30,000

Parochial Vicar’s Office – $30,000

St Brendan Statue Plaques – $10,000

Chapel Holy Water Font – $7,500

List current as of October, 2020

Due to changes in our design, we are releasing some new and revised NAMED GIFT OPPORTUNITIES.  Because you have been so generous with your support, we wanted to give you the FIRST OPPORTUNITY to consider these items.
Please note that we are still fundraising for the ONE Campaign as we are a little shy of meeting our full financial commitment. We hope that these opportunities will inspire NEW gifts, rather than a request to retroactively select a named or memorial gift based on a prior gift.  However, we want to be transparent and fair since these opportunities were not made available prior to our most recent request for you to extend or increase your support. We sincerely apologize.
Our named gift items are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we will be presenting them publicly to the entire parish in early November. But again, we recognize that you *may* have recently made a gift similar in size to one of these levels or would like the opportunity to increase your current pledge to “claim” one of these special recognition opportunities.
If you are interested in one of the named gifts listed, please contact Colleen Speer (parish director of development) via email (cspeer@stbrendans.net) or phone (614-876-1272 x238) no later than October 31.
Thank you for your support!

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