Who We Are
What is the Lake/Geauga District and the Ministry to the Divorced and Separated?
The 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
Catholic Charities Services of Lake County
Fr. Dave Woost
Divine Word Church
Mrs. Mary Kovach, St. John Vianney Church
Mrs. Karen Jubeck
Fr. Fred Pausche, Board Chairman
St. Gabriel Church
Mrs. Karen Roman
St. Bede Church
Fr. George Smiga
St. Noel Church
Church Listings in
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Bede the Venerable
St. Edward & St. Lucy
St. Francis of Assisi
St. John Vianney
St. Justin Martyr
St. Mary of the Assumption
St. Mary Magdalene