St. Joseph, Bardstown, KY

Instead of following our typical case study format, we felt it appropriate to let this original letter speak for itself.  It came from the pastor, Father William Hammer.  It was sent on 4/28/08 from the Pastor of St. Joseph parish, Father William Hammer.  His remarks were in no way solicited and we publish them with his full knowledge and permission as follows:

“I want to thank you very much for the wonderful job that you, Joe Cecil and The Covenant Group staff offered to our parish in our recently completed “A Time to Build” Capital Campaign.  From the very beginning of our initial interviews and throughout the process I have always appreciated your approach which is faith-based upon principals of good stewardship and community building.  I do believe that our parish is stronger and grew spiritually throughout the process.  Your advice and counsel insured success beyond our initial expectations.”

I remember when we approached you about our original vision of an elementary school addition for approximately $3.3 million and you encouraged us to dream bigger of a “stretch goal” which then led us to consider renovated space for a fellowship hall and we raised the goal to $3.8 million.  Then as we continued our interviews and further developed our case statement, we envisioned a new fellowship hall and raised our goal to $4.8 million.  As we approach our “A Time to Celebrate” thank you party for the over 200 volunteers who assisted us throughout the process and as we are looking forward to a ground breaking with the start of summer, we are very near to a pledge total of $5 million.

You and Joe helped us in so many ways, beginning in the feasibility phase, setting a realistic campaign calendar, providing us with draft materials we could very easily adapt, the binder of detailed job descriptions and tasks, and most importantly the training.  Throughout the many months of preparation and training I always heard very favorable feedback from the parishioners involved.  I believe we would not have been nearly as successful had it not been for Joe’s and your guidance, support and encouragement.  To exceed our “stretch goal” and to do the outreach we were able to accomplish was a daunting undertaking for a parish of over 1,800 families, but it was made more manageable with your help.  Both the parish and I are better for the opportunity we had to work together.  Again, my thanks to you, Joe and your staff.”