The Rev. Richard “Dick” Rasner, an ordained deacon, is our cathedral’s pastoral case associate. Pastoral care, as well as welcoming newcomers to a church, are his ministerial passions.
Dick was born in Cincinnati and his home parish was Calvary Church in the neighborhood of Clifton. He has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
For many years he was executive director of The Olympus Center, a non-profit agency in Mt. Auburn. The center did psycho-educational evaluations for children, and adults with learning and emotional problems.
In 2004, Dick moved to Maine, began teaching at the University of New England, and also became active at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. He served on the vestry and as Senior Warden. He also served for the past ten years as executive director of St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center. This center distributes essential items to approximate 250 – 300 people each week. Most of the clients are recent immigrants.
Eight years ago, Dick was ordained a deacon. In addition to his altar responsibilities, he worked in pastoral care and was responsible for newcomers.
Dick moved back to Cincinnati in July of 2017, and lives with his cairn terrier, Gracie, in Mt. Washington.