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...
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