Phone: 216-696-6525

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Address: 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Parish Life & Development

Through its programs and ministries, the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development supports the work of the diocese and parishes by helping to build vibrant communities of faith and service.


Nurturing, promoting and sustaining the work of the Gospel is the focus of the Diocese of Cleveland's Secretariat for Parish Life and Development. The Secretariat coordinates and upholds the work of our Catholic community including pastoral ministry, evangelization, spiritual growth, and outreach with other faith communities. Through its ministries, the Secretariat recognizes and responds to the rich diversity of gifts in the Church.

The efforts of the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development are centered around the following:

  • Developing pastoral leadership through the formation of various groups for service within the Catholic community: pastoral ministers, parish life coordinators, parish and diocesan committees, lay leaders within the various ethnic communities and groups, and volunteers for a variety of ministries in the Church and society.
  • Building Catholic parish communities where all persons are supported in their efforts to grow in faith and proclaim the Gospel, thus becoming a community of life, peace and safety where all can come to know the love and presence of Christ.
  • Fostering respect for, celebrating and responding to the needs of diverse groups and emerging ministries in the diocese.

Have questions? Contact the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development

Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND - Secretary for Parish Life and Development
(216) 696-6525 x 2200

Contact Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND - Secretary for Parish Life and Development

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