Phone: 216-696-6525

Toll Free: 1-800-869-6525

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

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Incarcerated & their Families

Through the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated and the LEAF Ministry to family and friends of the incarcerated, we care for those imprisoned.

The Ministry to the Incarcerated of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is a collaborative response to the Gospel: Matthew 25: “When I was in prison you visited me.” Called by the Holy Spirit, we extend the hope of reconciling love in our relationships with the offender, the victim and their families.

LEAF Ministry (Listening, Encouraging and Assisting Families of the incarcerated) was started from listening to inmates as they worried about their families on the outside. LEAF ministers to inmates' families dealing with loneliness, shame and confusion in learning the corrections system. The LEAF Ministry team knows first hand the pain of having a loved one in prison, so there is no reason to walk alone. Meetings are a safe place where people gather to share their joys, their trials and their daily little victories with others on the same journey. LEAF offers an attentive ear, genuine concern, and thoughtful suggestions for dealing with an incarcerated family member.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development at (216) 696-6525 or (800) 869-6525 ext. 3500.

We need your help! 

We have been distributing zip-lock bags filled with one of each of the following items to the men and women who are incarcerated and indigent. These items can be purchased through the prison commissary, but many inmates do not have funds to do so. Would you help us by collecting some of these items? Thank you for your support. 

  • Shampoo (travel size or up to 5 oz.)
  • Conditioner (travel size or up to 5 oz.)
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap--regular size or travel size bars
  • Body wash - (travel size or up to 5 oz.)
  • Lotion - (travel size or up to 5 oz.)
  • Roll-on deodorant (no stick deodorant)
  • Packets of tissues (Kleenex or like product that usually are in packaging of 8 or 10)
  • White socks (completely white or may have gray toes) for men and women
  • Writing paper/note paper (even just a few sheets per bag)

At the completion of your collection, please call Mary Boneno at 216-696-6525, ext. 3500.  If someone is able to bring these items to our Cathedral Square building at 1404 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, Mary would be happy to meet your car with a cart so that you will not have to park. Abundant thanks to you for your kindness and compassion.

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