The Athenaeum of Ohio Alumni Association
The Athenaeum of Ohio is proud of the more than 3,200 alumni who have studied and fulfilled their vocations at the institution. Our alumni serve in all 50 states and abroad. They are priests, deacons, counselors, missionaries and lay ministers. They serve their communities in paid and volunteer positions. Alumni are found ministering in churches, schools, health care facilities, social service agencies and mission organizations. Athenaeum alumni also minister through their roles as family members, neighbors, business leaders and workers. They are living examples of God's call in their daily lives.
Active membership in the Athenaeum Alumni Association consists of all graduates who have earned a degree or certificate as well as ordained deacons who completed their formation at the Athenaeum. Associate membership consists of all individuals who complete 50 percent or more of their graduate studies at the Athenaeum, as well as friends, parents of present and former students, benefactors of the Athenaeum, faculty and staff of the Athenaeum upon nomination and election to membership by the Alumni Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council.
Athenaeum Alumni Association Executive Board
Join the Alumni Association
You are a member of the Alumni Association if you attended The Athenaeum of Ohio-Mount St. Mary's Seminary, whether you were ordained, graduated, or completed at least one course sponsored by The Athenaeum. Alumni family members, benefactors and Athenaeum patrons also are welcomed as members. Below are just a few of the benefits of being a member of the Alumni Association.
Renewing Old Ties:
- Alumni dinners, alumni reunions, special class reunions
- Class lists and assistance in renewing old friendships
- The Athenaeum newsletter, Pathways
- Alumni directory
- Peer networking support
- Records and memorabilia
- Discounts on audited courses
- Use of Eugene H. Maly Memorial Library and its collaborative resources
- Special lectures and programs
- Recognition of ordained ministry, lay ministry, parish ministry, social contributions, anniversaries
- Use of Athenaeum facilities for meetings, programs, seminars and retreats
- Consultative services
- Alumni tours
The Athenaeum Alumni Association Constitution
We, the members of The Athenaeum Alumni Association, confident that our own years of education at The Athenaeum of Ohio are a valuable part of our heritage, dedicate ourselves to assisting The Athenaeum in its calling and mission.
We see our ministry of service as two-fold. First, we are committed to serving the needs and interests of all alumni. Second, we are committed to serving as a resource to the Athenaeum. Under the leadership of the Alumni Association Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council we seek to promote the following:
- Alumni Involvement in achieving educational, financial, community and alumni relations' goals.
- Support of the Athenaeum's Mission through, prayer, personal involvement and financial contributions.
- Quality Communication to promote Awareness of news, needs, and goals.
- Student/Alumni Interaction to promote:
- Appreciation of common as well as divergent history, education and experience.
- An awareness of the value of lifetime relationships with the Athenaeum and former classmates.
The Alumni Association Committee under the leadership of the Athenaeum Advisory Council Alumni Executive Committee will be directly responsible for planning:
- Diverse Activities, Events and Programs to:
- Foster life-long social, educational, and cultural opportunities.
- Promote the Athenaeum's mission and image in the community.
The Athenaeum Alumni Executive Committee
The executive committee of the Athenaeum Alumni Association is one of several active committees forming the Athenaeum Advisory Council. All members of the alumni executive committee hold advisory council seats and serve as leaders of the alumni association. They are directly responsible for planning diverse activities, projects, events and programs to promote the Athenaeum's mission and image in the community. Among their main duties is to promote student and alumni interaction with awareness of the value of lifetime relationships with the Athenaeum and former classmates.
Athenaeum Executive Committee Members
Chairman: Deacon Leon H. (Max) Schellman
Special Projects Committee Chair: Mr. David Wallace, Mr. William Staun
Activities Committee Chair: Mr. J. Michael Dempsey
Marketing and Communications Committee Chair: Mrs. Suzanne Wade
Membership Committee Chair: Rev. Ryan Ruiz
Athenaeum Alumni Office Liaison:: Mr. Walt Schaefer
Contact the Alumni Association
To obtain information about the Alumni Association or to inquire about the association please contact the Alumni office:
alumni office liaison,
6616 Beechmont Avenue,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230;
The following alumni have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Church and community:
1984 — Rev. George Berwanger
1987 — Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk
1990 — Rev. Giles Pater
1993 — Rev. Christopher Hall, Dr. Clare Korte, Katherine "Kay" Smith
1996 — Deacon Robert Glassmeyer, Archbishop Edward McCarthy, Mary Lee Rossbach
1999 — Rev. Thomas S. Bokenkotter, Lois Broerman, Rev. Lawrence J. Mick
2002 — Monsignor Ralph Beiting, Mary Sue O'Donnell, Most Rev. James R. Hoffman
2005 — Monsignor Francis B. Kennedy, Suzanne Schneller, Keith R. Becker
2007 — Rev. Gerald R. Haemmerle
2008 — Deacon Thomas Westerfield
2009 — Rev. Timothy Schehr
2010 — Mr. Robert Conway
Alumni Association of The Athenaeum of Ohio By-Laws
ARTICLE I – PREAMBLE
1.1 Name. The name of this association is "Athenaeum Alumni Association", hereafter referred to as the Association.
1.2 Mission and Purpose. The purpose of this Association is to advance the mission of the Athenaeum and promote fellowship among alumni. See "Alumni Association Mission."
1.3 History. This association was inaugurated in 1900, seventy-one years after the founding of the Athenaeum of Ohio. Lay alumni were included as members in 1984.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
2.1 The active membership shall consist of the following: The membership of the association shall consist of active, associate and honorary members hereafter referred to as members. All those who have earned a degree or certificate may be included as members. Also, ordained deacons who completed formation at the Athenaeum are qualify as alumni
2.2 The associate membership shall consist of the following:
- 1.) All individuals who complete 50 percent or more of their graduate studies at the Athenaeum.
2.3 Friends, parents of present and former students, benefactors of the Athenaeum, faculty and staff of the Athenaeum upon nomination and election to membership by the Alumni Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council.
2.4 Records. The alumni office shall maintain and update membership lists. Updates from alumni are encouraged.
2.5 Meetings. The full Association shall meet at the general reunion or upon petition by fifty members.
2.6 Affiliate Groups. Regional alumni association chapters may be added by the authorization of the Athenaeum Advisory Council Alumni Executive Committee with final approval of the Athenaeum Advisory Council.
2.7 Management. The business and affairs of the Association shall be managed by the Alumni Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council with the assistance of the alumni liaison. The Alumni Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council may delegate responsibilities to its officers and committees.
ARTICLE III – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
3.1 Powers. The affairs of the Association shall be administered by the Alumni Association Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council.
3.2 Meetings. The Alumni Association will meet as needed (usually three to four times per year) as called by the Alumni Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council. Members shall strive to attend all meetings.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
4.1 Number. The officers of the Association shall consist of the Chair and at least two additional members of the Alumni Association Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council, as determined and selected by the Nominating Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council.
4.2 Election. New members and vacancies of the Alumni Association Committees are suggested by the Nominating Committee of the Alumni Association Executive Committee and approved by the Advisory Council Executive Committee and the President/Rector of the Athenaeum.
4.3 Term. The Athenaeum Advisory Council Alumni Executive Committee Officers will serve their terms under the guidelines of the Athenaeum Advisory Council and members of the Alumni Association Committee will be elected to three year terms.
4.4 Removal. Any member may be removed by the Alumni Association Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council when in its judgment the best interests of the Association would be served. Non-attendance at two or more consecutive meetings could be considered a cause for removal.
ARTICLE V - COMMITTEES
5.1 Distinguished Alumni Award Committee. A committee of at least three Alumni Association Committee members shall direct the nominating procedure. Nominees shall be recommended for selection by the Alumni Association Executive Committee and approved by the Athenaeum Advisory Council with final approval by the president/rector of the Athenaeum. Awards for the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna shall be presented at the annual alumni reunion.
5.2 Other committees may be appointed by the Alumni Executive Committee of the Athenaeum Advisory Council as needed.
ARTICLE VI – SPECIAL DUTIES – CLERICAL ALUMNI
6.1 Mass Duties. All clerical alumni shall celebrate one Mass yearly for deceased members of the Association.
6.2 Constitutive Membership Mass Duties. Clerical alumni who choose constitutive membership (members of the Marian Pact) shall celebrate one Mass for each deceased constitutive member (or Arrange for a Mass) as soon as convenient after notification of death through the newsletter.
7.1 – Amendments. Amendments may be added or modified by the Alumni Association Executive Committee and recommended for final approval by the Advisory Council of the Athenaeum.