"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Who We Are

What is the Lake/Geauga District and the Ministry to the Divorced and Separated?

Support group meetingThe Cleveland Diocese is organized on a District basis. The district of Lake/Geauga County is comprised of 20 parishes – 6 from the more rural/suburban county of Geauga and 14 from the more suburban county of Lake. These parishes are committed to the District structure and working together.

In 1996, the District identified the need to provide support to the separated and divorced members of their communities. Thus, a collaborative effort for the ministry to the divorced and separated began.


What does the Lake/Geauga District do for the divorced and separated?

A special board comprised of clergy and lay ecclesial ministers plans, develops and directs an integrated ministry for the divorced and separated which incorporates limited term support groups, workshops, evenings of reflection and reconciliation, and serves as a resource.

“The support group has been a huge help in coping with the emotional turmoil of my separation and divorce.”

Who provides professional support to this ministry?

A board comprised of 10-12 District representatives with various backgrounds, including pastors, deacons, lay ecclesial ministers, and a representative from Catholic Charities, meets four times per year to plan and implement the various components of the ministry. The Board contracts with licensed professionals on an ongoing basis.

How is this ministry funded?

Following start up monies from Catholic Charities and recognition of the value provided by this ministry, every parish in the District agreed to a funding plan which demonstrated their dedication and commitment to providing help for those divorced and separated.

2016-2017 Board Members

Ms. Carol Burtnett

Deacon John Wenzel
St. Anthony of Padua

Ana Dumett
Catholic Charities Services of Lake County

Fr. Dave Woost
Divine Word Church

Mrs. Mary Kovach, St. John Vianney Church

Mrs. Karen Jubeck
Communication Coordinator

Fr. Fred Pausche, Board Chairman
St. Gabriel Church

Mrs. Karen Roman
St. Bede Church

Fr. George Smiga
St. Noel Church

Church Listings in
Lake-Geauga Counties

Divine Word
8100 Eagle Rd.
Kirtland, OH  44094

Immaculate Conception
2846 Hubbard Rd.
Madison, OH  44057

Immaculate Conception
37935 Wright St.
Willoughby, OH  44094

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
29850 Euclid Ave.
Wickliffe, OH  44092

St. Anselm
12969 Chillicothe Rd.
Chesterland, OH  44026

St. Anthony of Padua
316 Fifth St.
Fairport Harbor, OH  44077

St. Bede the Venerable
9114 Lake Shore Blvd.
Mentor, OH  44060

St. Cyprian
4223 Middle Ridge Rd.
Perry, OH  44081

St. Edward  & St. Lucy
P.O. Box 709
Parkman, OH  44080

St. Francis of Assisi
6850 Mayfield Rd.
Gates Mills, OH  44040

St. Gabriel
9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Concord, OH  44060

St. Helen
12060 Kinsman Rd.
Newbury, OH  44065

St. John Vianney
7575 Bellflower Rd.
Mentor, OH  44060

St. Justin Martyr
35781 Stevens Blvd.
Eastlake, OH  44095

St. Mary of the Assumption
8560 Mentor Ave.
Mentor, OH  44060

St. Mary
401 North St.
Chardon, OH  44024

St. Mary
242 North State St.
Painesville, OH  44077

St. Mary Magdalene
460 East 321 St.
Willowick, OH  44095

St. Noel 
35200 Chardon Rd.
Willoughby Hills, OH  44094

St. Patrick
16550 Rock Creek Rd.
Thompson, OH  44086