November 23, 2008 — Our Sunday Visitor– In a 4-part series examining “Church and Finance”, Our Sunday Visitor focused on the Diocese of Austin’s entry into the capital markets. In 2005, the diocese borrowed the proceeds of a $108 million government-sponsored bond issue in low-interest, long-term, tax-exempt bonds. The bonds were used to pay off the diocese’s higher interest debt and to build and repair facilities throughout the Diocese. O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan and Conway, founded and led by Patrick O’Meara, brokered the deal which was featured on the April 2005 cover of The Bond Buyer and nominated by Goldman Sachs as their nomination for “Deal of the Year.” The firm was also featured in a separate part of the series discussing the urging of dioceses to incorporate lessons from corporate and nonprofit worlds to finance schools.​

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