Roger Bacon Receives Major Gift from Franciscan Friars

Roger Bacon Receives Major Gift from Franciscan Friars

The Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist are reaffirming support for one of their sponsored ministries, Roger Bacon High School, with a substantial donation.

This generous gift to the school’s endowment will help promote the Franciscan spirit and values to students, faculty and alumni.

The contribution will allow the school to continue sending students from our Assisi Scholars program on an annual pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy. In addition, it will help permanently fund and expand retreats, service opportunities, and outreach programs for all.

Fr. Mark Soehner, Provincial Minister for our Province, says “The Franciscans want to support the good work of Roger Bacon High School. I am happy that the Franciscan Catholic education available at Roger Bacon continues to enable its students to excel academically as well as to absorb the Franciscan values of holiness, simplicity, and care for creation while reaching out to those on the peripheries of our society.”

The Friars are providing a cornerstone gift to a new Roger Bacon initiative. The goal is to grow their endowment to $25 million by 2028 – their 100th Anniversary. Investing in the endowment is more important than ever before. The cost of education is continuing to increase while the number of students attending Catholic schools is decreasing. This gift and this initiative will help secure the future of Roger Bacon as Cincinnati’s only Franciscan High School.

Tom Burke, president of Roger Bacon High School said, “We are blessed to be a Franciscan school – it is the defining attribute that sets us apart from all other Catholic high schools in Cincinnati. The continued support of the Franciscan Friars, with this gift and the priests and brothers they assign to our school, allows us to continue impacting the lives of our young men and women in a caring and challenging environment.”

Roger Bacon High School was founded in 1928 by the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist.