Walter H. Jenne was born March 11th, 1943, son of the late William H. and Mary (nee Gillen) Jenne. He was educated at St. Mary grade school in Elyria, Elyria Catholic High School, Borromeo College, and St. Mary Seminary. He received a Master of Social Work degree from The Catholic University of America in 1977.
On May 30th, 1970, he was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop William H. Cosgrove at Holy Family Church in Parma, Ohio.
His first assignment was in 1970 as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Macedonia. In 1974 he was assigned to work part-time with Catholic Charities with residence at Parmadale. He was named Associate Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities in July 1977 with residence at St. Catherine parish, Cleveland, as of September 6, 1977. He became an associate in residence at St. Lawrence Parish in Cleveland on July 5th, 1980 as well as Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities on August 13th, 1980. He served as Secretary for Social Concerns, effective November 24th, 1983.
Other assignments included Administrator at St. Colman, Cleveland, October 29th, 1991, and Administrator, St. Catherine, Cleveland, from May 1st, 1992 until July 1, 1999.
On December 1, 1994 he was appointed Pastor at St. Basil the Great Parish in Brecksville.
Fr. Jenne celebrates Mass at St. Basil on weekends. He tends to all pastoral duties, such as conducting funerals and weddings. He counsels the sick and grieving as he ministers to the needs of the parish.