Carrie Gram, Director of Josephinum Advancement
The Friends of the Josephinum is a group of laity
organized to provide financial assistance to both
college and theology students so that their studies
for the Catholic priesthood will not be interrupted
or terminated because of financial need. Members pledge
an annual gift and hold fundraising events to support
The founding of the Friends came about in February
1984, through the efforts of the late Msgr. Gerald
Durst, and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Vogel. They assembled
several other Columbus residents to hear a presentation
concerning the difficulties encountered by some of
the Josephinum students. Upon learning that these
seminarians were in need of financial assistance,
those present agreed that laity should assist in whatever
way they could.
At the suggestion of one of the guests, the group
was named Friends of the Josephinum. Response was
immediate and sincere. A generous donation was made
and the organization was born.
Friends of the Josephinum may opt to participate
in the Friendship Family Program. The program pairs
international seminarians with a Friendship Family,
whose members share their family experiences with
him. In this way, the seminarian gains an authentic
perspective of American people and culture.
The Josephinum is rich in history and architecture.
Tours are given by appointment only and as Tour
Guides, the Friends assist the Josephinum when
student guides are not available.
Special events at the Josephinum often mean special
mailings. As Clerical Volunteers, the Friends
help the Advancement Office by addressing, stuffing,
and sealing envelopes. Other clerical services may
be requested throughout the year.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the
Friends of the Josephinum, please call the Josephinum
Advancement Office at (614) 885-5585.