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Wisdom For Every Generation: Interview with Mary Hernandez on The Petrus Development Show


Mary Hernandez is the Executive Director of Advancement for Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Student Center at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. Mary is an alum of UL and was a member of the parish prior to receiving an invitation by Fr. Bryce Sibley to help with a fundraising project. Mary accepted and turned a temporary assignment into a full-time position running communications and eventually the development program. In their conversation, Mary and Andrew discuss how the growth of the ministry really spurred growth in their development efforts and how a long-term vision for serving the students of UL has led them to launch a $22M capital campaign to build a new student center.



Show Notes:

  • Mary’s first job after graduating from University of Louisiana – Lafayette was as a high school teacher. She left that job and went to work for the university in recruitment and orientation. Mary left the job so she could stay home with her children but went back to...
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Can a Capital Campaign Help Grow My Ministry?

capital campaign Jan 09, 2019

Andrew Robison, President and Dan Moraczewski, COO, Petrus Development


Is your organization looking for a way to fund much-needed growth? Have you outpaced your financial support from the Diocese or Province? At Petrus Development, we believe that “Mission Follows Money and Money Follows Mission.” Since 2005, Petrus has helped over 100 Catholic ministries recruit and train development teams who can raise money to fund stronger and more active programs. This in turn, brings more donors into the ministry and creates long-term sustainability.

But how do you know if your ministry is ready to launch a Capital Campaign?

At SEEK 2019, Andrew Robison and Dan Moraczewski gave a presentation covering all of the elements of a capital campaign. If you weren’t able to attend SEEK 2019 or just want a chance to review the slides the entire presentation is available for you to download. Just click the link below.

SEEK 2019 – PETRUS Capital Campaign

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By the Grace of God: Interview with Linda Domeyer on The Petrus Development Show


Linda Domeyer, Director of Leadership Giving, St. Louis University High; Consultant, Petrus Development 


In this episode of The Petrus Development Show, Andrew visits with Linda Domeyer, Director of Leadership Giving at St. Louis University High as well as Consultant for Petrus Development. Linda’s first job in development was for the Washington University Catholic Student Center, where she spent 17 years building a fantastic development program. In this episode, Linda and Andrew talk about how she initially learned about development, her first capital campaign experience, transitioning to a robust annual fund strategy and what she loves most about consulting. Linda also shares about the most expensive failure of her career.



Show Notes:

  • Linda first exposure to development was when she was working as a group travel host and met a development officer from UNC-Chapel Hill. He explained to Linda that development is different than sales. It’s about connecting...
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Interview with Tara Doyon on The Petrus Development Show

Tara Doyon, Director of Development and Mission Advancement, St. Paul Catholic Center at Indiana University; Consultant, Petrus Development 

In this episode, Andrew visits with Tara Doyon, Director of Development and Mission Advancement at St. Paul Catholic Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Tara began her career in development at St. Paul in 2009 despite having no formal training in fundraising. She learned quickly the benefit of surrounding herself with great mentors and advisors and has had a huge impact on the Hoosier Catholic ministry. In this episode, Tara and Andrew discuss what she focused on in the beginning to be successful, her thoughts on Catholic stewardship and her current capital campaign project at St. Pauls.



Show Notes:

  • Tara had a great mentor from the very beginning who helped coach her in the best ways to fundraise. One piece of advice was that there are no donors sitting in your office, you have to get out of the office to meet the...
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Lectures, Metrics and Boards…Oh My: Interview with Jamie Cappetta on The Petrus Development Show


Jamie Cappetta, President of Our Savior Parish and Caruso Catholic Center at the University of Southern California


In this episode, Andrew visits with Jamie Cappetta, President of Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center. Jamie started his career as a street minister in South Boston but found his way into development thanks to an invitation from John Flynn, one of the co-founders of Petrus. In this episode, Andrew and Jamie discuss his career transitions, the great speaker series at Yale Catholic Center, his strong feelings about the importance of goals and metrics, the powerpacked board that he manages at the USC Caruso Catholic Center and much more.



Show Notes:

  • Jamie started his career as a street minister in South Boston. After some time discerning the priesthood, Jamie went to work at the Catholic Center at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst as the director of development. Jamie was later recruited to the Yale Catholic Center and then the Caruso...
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Selling the Sizzle: Interview with Frank Shannon on The Petrus Development Show


Frank Shannon, Executive Director of Development at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University 


In this episode, Andrew visits with Frank Shannon, Executive Director of Development at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University. Frank and Andrew covered a variety of topics, including Frank’s career before St. Mary’s, how he transitioned from 25 years in higher ed to a Catholic ministry and how the current campaign at St. Mary’s is going.



Show Notes:

  • Frank’s first job out of college was as a loan officer for the Stephenville Savings and Loan but left the S&L business to became a development officer at Texas A&M after a call from Bob Walker, Vice President for Development at the Texas A&M Foundation.
  • Frank’s training at Texas A&M mostly came from going on donor calls with Bob Walker and other senior development officers. It was during a meeting with Pat Zachry, long-time donor for A&M,...
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