Jude Werner, CFRE founder and president of Sacred Heart Consulting Company, has twenty-seven years of ministry, development and management experience volunteering and working for the Catholic Church. His work with young people has involved numerous youth and collegiate ministries, retreats, and pilgrimages, including three World Youth Days, as well as serving on diocesan apostolates for youth ministry, evangelization, preparing engaged couples and the diocesan retreat center.
In the area of campus ministry, Jude has spent the past fifteen years establishing one of the most dynamic and effective fund development programs in Catholic campus ministry today, having raised over $37.5 million to date. Jude continues to play a central role in the execution of a multi-facility comprehensive expansion plan for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Newman Center, including at its center the construction of the beautiful new St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Jude has spoken nationally at fundraising conferences and he is eager to assist Catholic campus ministries in the areas of fund development and expansion planning, in an effort to prepare them for the fiscal, organizational and facilities demands of a thriving campus ministry.
Jude’s education includes a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Master of Theological Studies (Madonna University) and Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota). In 2017, he earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive distinction, an internationally recognized certification in the fundraising field and administered by CFRE International. Additionally, in 2019, Jude received his Certificate in Fund Raising Management through the IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy.
Jude describes himself as a mission-driven individual who is passionate about seeing Catholic campus ministries not only continue but have a thriving future. His passion for working with young people, combined with previous business experience in sales and management, has made his roles as a development officer and a fund development consultant enriching ways to serve the Catholic Church.