2016 Bishop William G. Connare Award

The Bishop William G. Connare Award recognizes for distinguished service those who have been diocesan stewardship and development officers. It is presented in memory of Bishop William Connare, who provided 15 years of leadership to ICSC as its Episcopal Moderator.

The 2016 Bishop William G. Connare Award is presented to:

Mr. Rick Jeric

As executive director of the Office of Development and Planning since 2003, Mr. Jeric has been responsible for development and planning activities for the 23-county Diocese of Columbus, including stewardship, capital campaigns, major gifts, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, strategic planning, feasibility studies, the cultivation of major gifts and relationships with major gift donors, pastoral planning activities, and maintaining the diocesan census. He also served concurrently as executive director of the Catholic Foundation from 2004 to 2006.

Mr. Jeric served as chair of the ICSC board of directors from 2011 to 2016. His board service goes back to 2007. Mr. Jeric is a member of the following: the Bishop’s Council; Diocesan Retirement Communities Board; the Pontifical College Josephinum Board; the Bishop Watterson High School Finance Committee; the Star Academy Board, maintaining a high school in Tanzania; and the Showers Health Center Board, overseeing the maintenance of a clinic in Uganda.

Throughout his career, Mr. Jeric has promoted Christian stewardship as a way of life to parishes and dioceses alike. He has spoken on behalf of ICSC in a number of different diocesan stewardship events and ICSC Institutes and he has influenced Catholics internationally as well. In 2014 he traveled to the Philippines to offer his wisdom and experience on Christian stewardship as a way of life in several forums.

Mr. Jeric graduated from Borromeo Seminary High School, Wickliffe, Ohio, in 1976, and earned a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1980. He and his wife, Theresa, have three adult children and are members of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish in Dublin, Ohio. It is with great enthusiasm that we honor Rick Jeric by presenting him the Bishop Connare Award this year.

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