New Director to Lead Glenmary's Fund-Raising Efforts

Posted: 11/20/2013

Father Don Tranel to succeed
retiring director Father Dominic Duggins

CINCINNATI (Nov. 20, 2013)—Effective Dec. 1, Glenmary Father Don Tranel will become the new development director for Glenmary Home Missioners. Since his ordination in 1988, Father Don has served as pastor of missions in Georgia, West Glenmary Father Don Tranel, Development DirectorVirginia, Mississippi and, most recently, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He has been a member of the Development Office staff since August 2012.

As director of development, Father Don, a native of Menominee, Ill., will guide Glenmary's efforts to raise the funds needed to support its home mission ministries. For the past 13 years, Glenmary's development program has been led by Father Dominic Duggins. Father Dominic, a native of Cincinnati and a Glenmarian for 50 years, will take senior membership on Dec. 1. Father Don has been working closely with Father Dominic over the past months to ensure a smooth transition.

"I had gifts that matched the needs of my ministry in the missions," says Father Don. "But what I've realized since beginning work in the Development Office is that God also gave me gifts to meet the needs of this new fund-raising ministry.

"I know firsthand how great the mission need is. I can share many mission stories with our benefactors to give them an understanding of the difference Glenmary makes in people's lives."

Father Don sees his and development staff members' roles as inviting people to help Glenmary share their greatest gift, the Catholic faith. And he believes in cultivating and nurturing relationships with donors over the long haul.

"When we ask for people's support, we're actually inviting them to be Glenmary's partners in mission—which offers them the chance to respond to their baptismal call to mission and to put their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom."

Father Don brings vast experience as a home missioner, according to Father Dominic. "His experience will inspire our donors—and potential donors—to help us continue establishing the Catholic Church in Mission Land, USA."

As a senior member, Father Dominic will continue to stay active in supporting the society's home mission ministry. He is currently serving as house director at the Glenmary residence, and he plans to volunteer at the Headquarters office building "however I can."


Digital or hard-copy photos of Father Tranel and Father Duggins are available by contacting Glenmary's communications office at 513-881-7491.