Presiding Bishop Visits Bethany School Campaign Site


For Immediate Release
September 23, 2016

Glendale, OH – The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, visited Bethany School on Friday, September 23rd to help with a major capital campaign effort planned for the school.

Bethany School is the only Episcopal school in Ohio. It has been operated and supported by the Community of the Transfiguration, an order of Episcopal nuns, since 1898. The school is in need of some major improvements to its infrastructure however, as determined by a master site plan that was developed in 2014. Two new buildings are planned to house the K-8 classrooms as well as a new computer lab, library, and dining hall. The existing cottages that have served the school since the 1920’s will be mostly retained and remodeled for other uses including administration, club activities, study rooms, and after school care. Bishop Curry said, “This is a beautiful campus, but it has some very real needs. It’s time to update the buildings so that it can continue to serve children for future generations.”

Bishop Michael B. Curry served as rector at St. Simon of Cyrene in nearby Lincoln Heights, Ohio during the 80’s while also serving as Bethany’s chaplain. He still serves as an advisor to the Community of the Transfiguration.


Bishop Michael Curry (left) with Campaign Director Steve Siegel

While on campus Bishop Curry was videotaped for some upcoming promotional videos for the campaign and learned about the progress of the ‘quiet phase’ of the campaign that is now underway. Full details of the Bishop’s comments about Bethany will be seen with future video releases, but he did share with us that Bethany is a unique ‘gem’ for the Episcopal church noting that no other school has as much diversity. “This is such an easy sell,” said Curry. “Bethany not only offers outstanding academics but it does so within a diverse ethnic, socio-economic, and even religious environment. I have no doubt that Bethany will reach its goals with this ambitious campaign,” Curry added.
“It’ll happen,” said Bishop Michael D. Curry.

Bethany School is being served by Ward, Dreshman and Reinhardt and campaign director Steve Siegel. With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Toronto, Ontario, WD&R is the first and oldest full-time, on-site fundraising consulting firm in North America. For additional information, please contact the firm at or (888) 830-0533.

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