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Diocesan Pre-Synodal Gathering

This has been quite a journey! Over 250 delegates gathered at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on Saturday, June 11, to pray, share, listen and discern our next steps on this synodal journey together. This was the conclusion of the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality.  

Over the past 8 months:  

  • Over 200 facilitators were trained from Oct 2021 – Jan 2022  
  • 118 parishes (64%) conducted at least one listening session from Dec 2021 – Mar 2022  
  • 168 reports have been submitted  
  • 12,794 people participated in person   
  • 610 responded to the questions online  
  • All 10 college campus ministries participated  
  • Just over 50% of participants were young people (under the age of 30): PSR, Catholic schools, high schools, young adult groups  

The response to the Synod in our diocese far exceeded our expectations, especially in light of all the challenges that we faced with timing and the pandemic. So, thank you!

A copy of the Working Document from our Diocesan Pre-synodal Gathering is available online at Please note: This is NOT the final diocesan synthesis report. The Working Document outlines the process followed during the pre-synodal gathering and includes the top 10 priorities and most common themes that emerged during the consultation.  

If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Damian Ference or Lynette Saenz

National Eucharistic Revival 

Eucharistic procession kicks off the diocesan year of the Eucharistic Revival
Over the next three years, every Catholic diocese, parish, school, apostolate, and family is invited to be a part of renewing the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

During each phase of the three-year process, we will engage partnerships with ministries, apostolates, and catechetical organizations to animate events at the local level and provide formation and resources for all ages and stages of faith.

  • Year of Diocesan Revival (June 19, 2022 – July 11, 2023). This first year of the Revival invites diocesan staff, bishops, and priests to respond to the Lord’s personal invitation and equips them to share this love with the faithful through Eucharistic congresses and events.
  • Year of Parish Revival (June 11, 2023 - July 17, 2024). The second phase will foster Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening our liturgical life through faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, missions, resources, preaching, and organic movements of the Holy Spirit.
  • National Eucharistic Congress (July 17 - 21, 2024). At this historic event, more than 80,000 Catholics of all ages will gather in Indianapolis to reconsecrate their hearts to the source and summit of our faith.
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Current Happenings

African American Ministry

Sunday, July 10, 2022
Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine, Bellevue OH

The annual African American Sunday is coming to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine. It will be a day of worship and praise and to meet Black Catholics from around the tri-state area. This year's liturgist is Fr. Joseph Brown, SJ, PhD. Contact Lynette Saenz for more information.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Retreat - Eucharist: Food for Our Journey
July 15, 7pm - July 16, 7pm
Jesuit Retreat Center, Parma

Cost: $115, includes meals & overnight accommodations.

The retreat will be led by Fr. Bill Bouhall. Fr. Bill is currently the Spiritual Director for Borromeo Seminary. He grew up on the Westside of Cleveland in Brooklyn. He went to St. Ignatius High School. He graduated from Ashland College with a Marketing and Management degree. Fr. Bill was ordained in 1994 and served as parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua in Parma, Holy Cross in Euclid and as Pastor at St. Thomas More in Brooklyn. In his free time Fr. Bill enjoys baking and attending different productions at Play House Square.


Youth Ministry

Blessed Carlo Institute
August 9-12, 2022
Center for Pastoral Leadership

We are so excited to launch this new adventure in our diocese to form and equip youth ministers! Seminary faculty will teach classes and ministry experts will lead workshops during this four-day, three-night summer institute. Adults who minister to youth in grades 6-12 as parish youth ministers, school campus ministers, pastoral ministers, catechists, volunteers, and others are encouraged to attend. More information and registration link here.

Fostering a Heart for Teens
August 20, 9am-3pm
St. Barnabas, Northfield 

Youth ministers are encouraged to bring their volunteers for a day of training and prayer. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch.  Register online.

Gathering of Pastors & YMs
September 14, 10am-2pm
Cathedral Square, Downtown Cleveland

Priests and youth ministers are invited to join Bishop Malesic as we reflect on the state of youth ministry in our diocese and identify ways to support and minister to young people. Please RSVP here

Ministry Updates

Human Life

Word of Life is a USCCB monthly resource for dioceses and parishes. It is available in both English and Spanish.​ Click below to download resources for June 2022. To subscribe, click here.


Hispanic Ministry

Instituto Emaús: Escuela de Discípulos Misioneros 
Center for Pastoral Leadership 
Vaticano II / Vatican II 
July 23, 2022 

For more information about this event, please call the Office of Hispanic Ministry. Contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440 or email.   

Marriage & Family Life

Counseling Questions
Nicole Melchi is a Catholic Marriage Mentor within the Diocese and is a passionate marriage therapist as well. Her blog link is below and includes helpful tips that can be shared with parishioners when seeking a counselor. In the fall she will be offering a workshop at Holy Family Stow for married couples to attend and we are in the process of collaborating to bring that workshop to other parishes. To read her blog, click here.  
Advertising Pre-Cana
Advertising your parish Pre-Cana event on the Diocesan website has been simplified. The new format can be found here.
MFM Newsletter
If you would like to receive the Marriage and Family Ministry e-newsletter, click here and choose “Marriage & Family” in the newsletter preferences.

Young Adults

July 6, 3CLE Young Adults, Communion of Saints Parish, 7pm Hors d’oeuvres, 7:30pm Talk, Hope in a Time of Suffering. Speaker: Robert Koonce, Senior Director of Mission Advancement, The Evangelical Catholic.  

July 9, West Side Young Adults, Kickball in Lakewood Park, 7pm – 9pm.   

July 30, Becoming Fire, Young Adult Outdoor Festival, Borromeo Seminary. Read more 

August 4, St Wendelin Parish, 7pm. Free concert with the Hillbilly Thomists, a group of Dominicans who play Bluegrass Music, at St. Wendelin Parish. Read more

For more information on all this and more, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Catholic Renewal Ministries and Prayer Group Events 

All are invited to attend Catholic Renewal Ministries’ 39th Annual Conference to be held on Saturday July 16th 2022 at St. Albert the Great Parish Reception Hall, 6667 Wallings Rd., North Royalton. This year’s theme is “Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing, in all things Give Thanks”.  Read more  

Peter's Shadow, Healing Prayer Ministry will conduct a Night of Healing Prayer at Holy Angels Parish, 18205 Chillicothe Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 on Wednesday July 20, 2022, beginning at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome at this free event to come and witness the presence and healing power of Jesus. For more information, please contact the Peter's Shadow Leadership Team at or by calling 234-206-0263. 


Our Lady of Angels Prayer Group will offer a ‘Life in the Spirit Seminar’ this Fall on eight consecutive Tuesdays, September 6th through October 25th, 2022 from 7:30-9:00pm.  Join us in the Primary Building (behind Linus Hall) 3644 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, OH 44111 (there will be signs). For more information and to register, please phone Verna at 216-251-3560 or Tom at 216-252-5724. There is NO charge for this seminar. 

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