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The Office of the Secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious is charged with the responsibility of providing "ministry to the ministers" serving the people of the Diocese of Cleveland. Some of these ministries include: administrating policies pertaining to the life and ministry of priests, deacons and members of institutes of consecrated life; wellness issues; vocations; formation of candidates for ordination to priesthood and diaconate; infirmed priests; retirement; and, in collaboration with the Secretary for Parish Life and Development, oversight of the Center for Pastoral Leadership. The office oversees the offices of Clergy Personnel, Diaconate, Religious, Vocations to Diocesan Priesthood, Senior Priests, and Continuing Education and Formation of Ministers - as well as the Priests' Retirement Board, Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.  

Sacrament of Reconciliation for priests:  The Blessed Sacrament Fathers at Saint Paschal Baylon Rectory in Highland Heights are available weekdays from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm weekends from 8:00 am until 12 noon for any priest of the diocese who would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  While there is always a priest on duty, you might want to call 1-440-442-3410 or 1-440-840-7724 before arriving just to make sure or if you would like to schedule an appointment.  Thanks to the priests of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament for providing this service to the priests of our diocese.

If you know that a priest or deacon is hospitalized or in need of assistance: Please call 216-696-6525 extension 2930 or e-mail the office or and let us know in a timely manner.  Please be advised that the clergy medical and health updates are usually distributed on Tuesdays of each week.  To respect individuals' privacy the secretariat communicates only those names which have been authorized.

Are you planning your vacation and anticipating exercising public acts of priestly/diaconal ministry in the local Church where you are vacationing? Remember, priests and deacons of the Diocese of Cleveland need a "Testimonial of Suitability" sent to the Diocesan Bishop of the destination diocese before you arrive on your vacation.  This same requirement is necessary for any priest or deacon who is anticipating exercising any public acts of priestly/diaconal ministry outside his place of incardination.  Please use the on-line request form which may be found on this page: "Letter of Suitability."

Any priest or deacon from outside the Diocese of Cleveland who will be visiting in the Diocese of Cleveland and anticipating exercising public acts of priestly/diaconal ministry here must have his Diocesan Bishop or Superior send a "Testimonial of Suitability" to the Diocese of Cleveland prior to your arrival in the diocese. This requirement is necessary for any priest of deacon who is anticipating exercising any public acts of priestly/diaconal ministry outside his place of incardination.  Please contact Father Michael Gurnick at if you have any questions about this requirement.

Planning your vacation and need help covering sacramental and liturgical obligations while you are away?  Please contact Father Don Oleksiak to obtain a revised list of priests who are available for coverage.  A number of priests have volunteered to provide this assistance to their brothers while away.

Regarding marriage preparation, Bishop Lennon has mandated that all clerics use of
the Prepare/Enrich set of inventories to replace the CDEM. Trainings for
Prepare/Enrich are posted on the diocesan Family & Marriage Website at

Contact Information:

Secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious

1404 East Ninth Street - 2nd Floor

Cleveland, OH  44114                                                                                        

Phone: 216-696-6525 ext. 2930 (within the state of Ohio) or 1-800-869-6525 ext.2930                

Secretary and Vicar: 

Rev. Michael K. Gurnick                                                                                                                                                                                         

Phone:  216-696-6525 extension 2440 (within the state of Ohio) or 1-800-869-6525 extension 2440. 

Office Support Staff:

Eileen Fleisher, Secretary                                                                                                                           Phone: 216-696-6525 extension 2930 (within the state of Ohio) or 1-800-869-6525 extension 2930. 

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