Friday, September 18, 2020
Now that the excitement of his Sept. 14 installation is over, Bishop Edward Malesic is rolling up his sleeves and getting down to business while settling into his new job as the 12th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the 23rd-largest diocese in the country.

“With the restrictions placed on us because of COVID-19, it feels as though I have hit the ground but I can’t quite run yet. That’s going to be frustrating for me. But trust me, there will come a time – soon, I hope – when we will be able to gather together again in large crowds to meet each other,” he said in the homily at the installation Mass.

Nine students at Saint Mary Seminary were admitted to candidacy for ordination as deacons and priests during a Mass on Sept. 11 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, where the seminary is housed.

Eight of the men are from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland: Christopher Lawrence Cotone, Anthony Aaron Donatelli, Jeffrey Levance Lindholm, James William Livingston, Joseph Francis McCarron, James Alexander Parisi, Luke Henry Rose and Kyle Jacob Rosser. One, Travis David Seagraves, is from the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.

As Election Day – Nov. 3 draws closer, many Catholics still may be wrestling with how they will vote in the general election.

Although every election is important, this year voters will be choosing their next president, as well as other candidates -- including members of the U.S. House of Representatives, some judges and county officials. They also will be casting ballots for state, local and county issues – depending on which of the eight counties of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland they live in.

The Culture Project, which is beginning its second year of ministry this fall in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, invites everyone to experience more than 100 virtual workshops from 70-plus experts at the free Restore Culture Workshop Sept. 25-27. Participants will learn how to respond and restore culture – beginning with themselves – in their local communities.

Among the speakers will be Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson Perez, former bishop of Cleveland.

Count The Village at Marymount among those pivoting this year to virtual fundraising events as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In past years, the Celebration of Life Gala took place at a local hotel or banquet room and attracted hundreds of guests.

The 11th annual Celebration of Life Gala will begin on Oct. 18 and will culminate with a Facebook live end-of-event celebration that will be livestreamed 7-8 p.m. Oct. 22.

Father Sean Ralph, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, presided at a brief prayer service after the noon Mass on Sept. 11 at the Public Servants Memorial Flag Pole on the south side (Superior Avenue) of the cathedral. A group of people gathered on the sidewalk near the flag pole to pray with him.

Each Sept. 11, a prayer service is conducted and a wreath is placed next to the flag pole, which was dedicated by Bishop emeritus Anthony Pilla on Sept. 11, 2003.

And finally...
Did you know that the First Friday Club of Cleveland will present a free webinar featuring leadership of the Sisters of Charity Health System at noon on Oct. 1? Click here for more details and to register.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA and a former priest of the Diocese of Cleveland will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m. Sept. 19 for the diocesan seminary community. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website.
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