Father Donald Edward Franks




Donald Edward Franks

Born: July l8, 1953

Newark, Ohio

Son of Charles and Margaret Hillis Franks

Siblings:     Rosann Marie Franks

Annette Marie Franks

John Charles Franks


Newark Saint Francis de Sales - First through Eighth Grade

Newark Catholic High School - Graduated l971 - National Honor Society

University of Notre Dame : Notre Dame, Indiana - Graduated l975 - with honors - Political Science; Government; concentration Supreme Court History

Catholic University of America: Washington, D.C. - earned Master of Divinity - including further studies after 7 years of priesthood

Ordained Priest May l9, 1979



Catholic Parishes


July l953 - Present                Saint Francis de Sales - Newark - Home Parish

September l97l - l975            University of Notre Dame -Sacred Heart Parish -Notre Dame, Indiana

September l975 - l979           Catholic University of America -Theological College -Washington, DC

May l978 - August l978        Christ the King Parish - Columbus / Bexley - Deacon

January l979 - April l979     Saints Peter and Paul - Wellston - Deacon

July l979 - July l982              Holy Spirit Parish - Whitehall - Priest - Associate Pastor

July l982 - July l985              Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish - Pickerington - Priest - Associate Pastor

Sept. l985 - Thanksgiving     Catholic University of America - Washington, D.C.

November l985 - July l987   Saint Matthias - Columbus - Priest - Associate Pastor

July l987 - December l987    Saint Mary Parish - Delaware - Priest - Associate Pastor

January l988 - July l990       Saint Joseph Cathedral - Columbus - Priest - Associate Rector

July l990 - July l99l               Our Lady Queen of Peace - Columbus - Priest - Associate Pastor

July l99l - July 2000              Saint Mary Parish - Chillicothe - Pastor

July 2000 - August 2011       Saint Mary Parish - Lancaster - Pastor

August 2011 -                        Saint Mary Parish - German Village - Columbus - Pastor

August 2011 -                        Saint Ladislas Parish - Columbus - Pastor

August 2011 -                        Corpus Christi - Columbus - Pastor



Address Beginning August 23, 2011


Saint Mary Parish

672 South Third Street

German Village

Columbus, Ohio 43206-1028




Parish Service



1965    Altar Server of the Year Award - Saint Francis de Sales (5 years)

l975    BA - University of Notre Dame (with honors) - Government - Supreme Court History concentration - 30 Semester Hours Theology

l976    National Institutes of Health - Bethesda, Maryland (Chaplain)

l979    Catholic University of America - Washington, D.C. - Seminary - Master of Divinity to follow

1979    Ordained Priest - Saint Francis de Sales - Newark (May l9, l979) - Catholic Diocese of Columbus

l979    Teacher / Campus Minister - Bishop Hartley High School (six years)

l985    Teacher / Campus Minister - Saint Francis de Sales High School (two years)

l988    Chaplain - Riverside Hospital - Columbus, Ohio

l988    Vicar of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns

            Diocese of Columbus (four years including apprenticeship)

Catholic Conference of Ohio - Franklin County United Way Planning Board - Mid-Ohio FoodBank Board - St. Stephen’s Community House Board - Catholic Social Services Board - Diocesan Child Guidance Board -Saint Vincent Children Center Board - Joint Organization for Inner City Needs (JOIN) - Social Concerns / Right-to-Life / Catholic Relief Services - Christ Child Society - (Among some 40 boards, committees, task forces)

l996    Dedication of Saint Mary Family Life Center - Chillicothe

l999    Completion of Restoration and Renovation of Saint Mary Church -

             including Gothic Reredos by E.J. Potente of Kenosha, Wisconsin

2000    Bishop’s Exemplary Pastor Award - Saint Mary Chillicothe - Bishop Flaget School

2000    Pastor of Saint Mary Parish - Lancaster, Ohio

2003    Completion of Clergy Chair of Three Year Bishop’s Annual Appeal

2004    Completion of 5 year term on Priests’ Personnel Board

2009    Bishop’s Exemplary Pastor Award - Saint Mary of the Assumption School - Lancaster

2009    Completion of Restoration and Renovation of Saint Mary Church Exterior, Spirit Center, Rectory, Cemetery

2010    Knights of Columbus Religious of the Year - 5 parishes of Lancaster Council 1016

2010    Dominican Courtyard and Green Space in the Heart of the Parish Campus - Church - Rectory - Primary School

2011    Dedication of Centennial 1820-1920 sculpted Georgia Marble Madonna by World Renowned Renaissance Artist Stan Mullins    (Completion Date - August 15, 2011)


Community Service


l970    Buckeye Boy’s State - American Legion - Ohio University - Athens

l972    Youth Conservation Corps - Hebron National Fish Hatchery

            (counselor / bookkeeper / project manager)

l973    Protege of Winston Churchill Allen - President Ohio Common Pleas Judges

            (5 summers) - Newark / Licking County

1988    Columbus Area Leadership Program - Chamber of Commerce

l988    Franklin County United Way Planning Board

l988    Mid-Ohio FoodBank Board

l99l      - 2000 Adena Regional Medical Center - Chillicothe, Ohio - Corporate Member (nine years)

l994    Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force on Judicial Ethics -

            Commissioned by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer

l994    - 2000 Adena Regional Medical Center - Chillicothe, Ohio - Medical / Moral Ethics Board

l994    Domestic Violence Task Force (Ross County)

2000    - 2011 hosted Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Lancaster Chorale, Fairfield Youth Choir