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Chatfield College Campus Ministry Program Expands

June 16th, 2011

Just six months after the campus ministry program at Chatfield College was officially launched, the program is already expanding.

Funded in its first year by the Ar-Hale Family Fund, Chatfield's campus ministry program has evolved from one part-time campus minister to three " enabling the small, Catholic, liberal arts college to better serve its diverse student population of many different faith backgrounds and needs.   Over the past six months the campus ministry team has been devoted to the students and their spiritual needs, providing individual and group support, weekly Bible study, and a contemporary music concert event.

Chatfield recently announced that Patricia Homan, OSU, has joined the Chatfield staff in the new position of Site Director at the St. Martin campus in Brown County. In this role she will supervise and direct the campus ministry program as it continues to evolve and grow at both campuses - in St. Martin (Brown County), Ohio and near Findlay Market in downtown Cincinnati.

“I am excited about the opportunities and possibilities of working with the Chatfield students, faculty and staff to empower our students to be their best mentally, physically, and spiritually,” said Sister Patricia.

Sister Patricia has most recently served as the Congregational Minister for the Ursulines of Brown County, founders and sponsors of Chatfield College. She was also Coordinator of the Leadership Conference of Religious Women Region VI, and served as Codirector of Ursuline Educational Services, an international organization of Ursuline Educators who seek to encourage the Ursuline charism and mission in Ursuline-sponsored schools and institutions.    Sr. Patricia also has an extensive background in Catholic education, serving for 15 years as Assistant Principal at Catholic schools in Cleveland, Springfield, and Cincinnati.  As Congregational Minister for the Ursulines of Brown County, she was instrumental in developing Chatfield's formal campus ministry program.

“We are thrilled to have Sr. Patricia join the Chatfield team” said John P. Tafaro, Chatfield College President. “She brings knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to an already vibrant academic and spiritual environment.  Our students will benefit greatly from her day-to-day leadership of campus ministry.”

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in St. Martin and Cincinnati.  Chatfield is an open enrollment college and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process.  The St. Martin campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH  45118.  The Findley Market campus is at 1800 Logan Street; Cincinnati, OH  45202.  For more information, visit the website, at www.chatfield.edu, call 513-875-3344 or emailadmissions@chatfield.edu.

Photos:  Above right:  Sr. Patricia Homan.  Lower right:  Chatfield College campus ministers Charles Gray, Sr. Ruth Podesta, OSU and Sam Talley.

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