2021 Starlight Soirée

    2021 Person of the Year

    Reverend Walter H. Jenne

    Serving the Most Vulnerable
    Leadership and Example

    Father Jenne’s compassionate service to the poor and underserved began over 50 years ago. He was ordained May 30, 1970 and began work with Catholic Charities. He earned a Master of Social Work degree in 1977 and guided Catholic Charities for 20 years. Fr. Walt served on the Boards of Templum House, AIDS Housing Council of Greater Cleveland, Mental Health Services, Western Reserve Agency on Aging, and Greater Cleveland Committee on Hunger. In 1994 he was named Pastor of Saint Basil the Great Parish in Brecksville and Administrator of
    St. Catherine Parish in the Union-Miles Park neighborhood hence forming a strong parish partnership. In 2007,
    St. Catherine Parish closed but their food pantry continues to serve over 7,000 meals a month. He was pastor for 26 years and retired August 1, 2020. Since his retirement, he continues his ministry serving on the Boards of Jennings Center for Older Adults and Regina Health Center.

  • Christ Child Society 
    of Cleveland's

    2021 Person of the Year

    Reverend Walter H. Jenne

  • Father Walt Jenne