Clergy & Religious Services

Offices within Department of Clergy and Religious Services

Office of Continuing Formation of Clergy
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144 W Wood Street Youngstown, OH 44503
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Office of Vowed Religious Services
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Office of Church Vocations
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Deacon Program
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The This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  is responsible for all matters pertaining to clergy. These include assignments, retirements, clergy serving as outside the diocese and clergy on leave of absence or on sick leave. He serves the bishop in his relationships to the priests of the diocese. The Executive Director assists in the administration of the retired priests program and policy and attends to the needs of senior priests. He also works with the Diocese to complete the processes of Clergy being incardinated into or excardinated from.

Offices under the direction of the Vicar for Clergy include Continuing Formation of Clergy, Priest Personnel, Permanent Diaconate, Vocations and vowed religious.

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330.744.8451

The Director of Continuing Formation of clergy presents opportunities for clergy to develop holistically. He offers opportunities to celebrate and develop together, and affirms and encourages clergy to continue to grow in their ministry. The office provides opportunities such as the diocesan celebration of ordination anniversaries, days of recollection, retreats and convocations.

The Director of the Office of Religious Services is responsible for vowed religious persons living and/or working within the Diocese. The department seeks to integrate religious into the pastoral activity of the Diocese and serves as liaison between the bishop and the major superiors of religious communities, and between individual religious and the bishop. The department coordinates both the Conference of Religious and the Religious Conference Day.

The Office of Church Vocations shares responsibility for educating the people of the Diocese about their baptismal call to minister to others for Christ. This office directs and supervises activities aimed at fostering priestly and religious vocations in the Diocese. It provides counseling and referral services for men and women inquiring about religious life, the diocesan priesthood or the permanent diaconate.


The Office of Church Vocation conducts vocation awareness programs for adult groups, on college campuses, and for high school and elementary school students. The office also sponsors "seminary live-ins" for high school age men considering a church vocation.

The fundamental goals of the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Diocese of Youngstown are: (1) to train and form by study and prayer men who have demonstrated active Church service and leadership for diaconal ministry; and (2) to direct and support the ministry of permanent deacons in the diocese. To accomplish these goals, the Bishop established an Office for the Permanent Diaconate and a Deacon Formation Program. The program strives to put particular emphasis on the notion of the deacon "as one who serves."