Religious Vocations

Diocese of Cleveland

Spiritual Affirmations

This page has been created to thank the religious who have impacted our life. The work of religious for over a century has made a deep impact on the hearts and minds and faith lives of the Diocese of Cleveland.

In sharing our personal gratitude for the gift and ministry of religious a great encouragement of this vocation as well as the affirmation of those who have served for decades will come about.

Please feel free to add your words or messages of thanks to a particular religious who has transformed your life or to a religious community who has inspired you in some way.   During the Year of Consecrated Life let us celebrate our orders so that Cleveland faithful may be able to listen, look and see the impact of religious life on the growth and history of our diocese.

Please list your spiritual affirmations to the religious who have impacted your life.

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Fr. Michael P. McCandless Fr. Michael P. McCandless wrote on March 4, 2015 at 8:40 pm:
The Holy Cross Brothers and Priests have a special place in my life...many of them who are still placed within the Cleveland Diocese educated the Uncles on my Mom's side of the family, as well as my Mom, who are all Archbishop Hoban Grads. I, too, graduated from Archbishop Hoban in 1998 after receiving an excellent education "of the mind and the heart". I remember the beginnings of my priestly vocation being nurtured there by the brothers as well as my theology teacher. I remember Br. Ken Haders grabbing my arm one day during class change and, after having me sit in his office, said: "Michael, what are you doing next year? I think you should consider being a Brother or a priest and I'm not the only one here who believes that..." What a great memory...
Angela Vesel Cross Angela Vesel Cross wrote on February 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm:
The Vincentian Sisters Of Charity taught me at St. Andrew School (East 53rd & Superior Ave.,Cleveland, OH) between 1956 and 1960. It was not until my own children were being taught "religion" (in a Catholic school)that I came to appreciate the solid foundation that they had given me in my Faith. I thank them with all my heart for thoroughly teaching me all the basics about God and His creation, Jesus and His Church, the Mass and the Sacraments. Unfortunately My children never received that. God bless them for all their efforts.
Rhonda Miska Rhonda Miska wrote on February 16, 2015 at 12:47 am:
Sisters of the Humility of Mary of Villa Maria, PA - thank you! Your hospitality and welcome are beautiful and inspiring. The ways you are seeking to share your charism through programming and spiritual formation are beautiful. I am so thankful to be a partner in mission with you all.
Walter Zacharias Walter Zacharias wrote on February 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm:
Fr. Willard Wiesler was our asst. at Ascension of Our Lord Parish, (Cleveland, Ohio) when I was in grade school, 1953-61. I was a Mass server, and he would always end up the service with a "Thank you, gentlemen" in the sacristy afterwards. He always made you feel important. During his youth he tested the rides, and worked at a local amusement park, as a summer job, while in school to be a priest. He, later, would take groups of our teen club for rollerskating parties, where he would skate backwards the entire time so as to be able to talk with us kids directly! What a great gift to have as an example.
Terrie Baldwin Terrie Baldwin wrote on February 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm:
I have recently been inspired in many ways in working recently with the committee for the Year of Consecrated Life. Many of the religious on the committee have shared their faith story and have as a resulted deepened my faith in Jesus Christ.
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