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 9:00 pm 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 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know in a timely manner.
Are you planning your vacation and anticipating exercising public acts of priestly/diaconal ministry in the local Church were 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 of deacon who is anticipating exercising any public acts of priestly/diaconal ministry outside his place of incardination. Please contact Father Michael Gurnick at email@example.com and he will see that the appropriate documentation is sent to the Diocesan Bishop of the place where you are planning to visit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/mfm.
2011 Liturgical Notes for the Diocese of Cleveland are now available on our diocesan website www.dioceseofcleveland.org - click on "Diocesan Memorandum" and then move through the links to "2011 Liturgical Notes for the Diocese of Cleveland" - you can print a copy of the Liturgical notes from there. If you have any qustions about those notes, contact Christina Ronzio, Director of the Office for Worship, at 216-696-6525 extension 3630 or cronzio@dioceseofcleveland.
Regarding the new translation of the Roman Missal, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has added an extensive section to their website detailing the changes that will come with the implementation of the new Roman Missal in 2011. The link that accesses that section of the USCCB website is http://usccb.org/romanmissal/
That section of the USCCB website, Third Edition, Roman Missal - from the Committee on Divine Worship, explains, "This website has been prepared to help you prepare for the transition. As this site continues to be expanded, you will find helpful resources for the faithful, for the clergy, and for parish and diocesan leaders."
Secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious
1404 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(Phone) 216-696-6525 extension 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, Administrative Secretary
(Phone) - 216-696-6525 extension 2930 (Within the state of Ohio) or 1-800-869-6525 extension 2930.