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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 
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 
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 
form which may be found on this page: "Letter of 

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
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 

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

Secretary and

Rev. Michael K.

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

Office Support Staff:

Kathy Lambrix, Secretary

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


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