"A number of people…have expressed concerns about my leadership…"

“While I am confident that I am faithfully handling the responsibilities entrusted to me, I personally made this request earlier this year because a number of persons have written to Rome expressing their concerns about my leadership of the Diocese. This visit will be an opportunity to gather extensive information on all aspects of the activities of the Diocese and will allow for an objective assessment of my leadership. I ask for prayers that this process will support the vibrancy and vitality of our Diocese going forward.”

– Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland, announcing a Vatican visitation

Read the full statement.

Rocco has more, too.

  • Susan

    My Dear Deacon Greg -

    Thank you for posting this information.

    My parish was the last merged in the Diocese, and we celebrated our first anniversary July 4. Having experienced this first-hand, I can only ask you to imagine how very painful this was for me and my fellow parishioners.

    None of us liked what happened, but I must say, at no time did I witness any disrespect or disobedience from my fellow merged parishioners. We are well-aware that the Midwest has experienced a population loss as well as a vocations loss, and Bishop Lennon only did what our former bishop was unwilling to do. I am convinced he took no pleasure in closing parishes and hurting us.

    My old parish was rather liberal, and we merged with a very traditional parish. Our new parish is absolutely awesome, and there is no other parish to which I want to belong. Our new pastor is exceptionally well-suited to us – we could not have dreamed him up. He has taken the best, most faithful traditions from both parishes and somehow managed to make us all comfortable and welcome. I know I have our good Bishop Lennon to thank for my parish and pastor, and I am forever grateful.

    Parishioners from both parishes prayed a personal, non-publicized, voluntary Rosary daily during the 15-month pre-merger period with the following intentions – for the personal well-being and protection of Bishop Lennon and that of whichever priest he chose to be our pastor. We were so dreading the merger, my husband and I often ended up praying standing up at the end of the day so we would not fall asleep, but we prayed without fail. We were rewarded with our current parish and our wonderful, faithful pastor, who had not even applied for our parish and knew nothing about us.

    God is good, and I continue to pray for Bishop Lennon, for his well-being, protection and comfort. I hope he knows some of us love him, we just don’t make as much noise as those who don’t.

    Blessings from Akron

  • diakonos09

    Something very interesting in the article though not concerning Cleveland. One often hears that promoting vocations to the diaconate will decrease those to the priesthood…yet the article tells us that Trenton is “home to the nation’s second-largest group of permanent deacons and, invariably over recent years, a notably high number of priestly ordinands for a mid-sized fold.” Hmmm….I wonder if promoting one vocation has the blessed effect of promoting a culture of vocations?

  • Jim Dotter

    Just returned from a visit home to see Mom, and happened to see the bulletin from Incarnation-St. James (merger; Diocese of Trenton). It had listed 4 (bold and underscore) Deacons listed. The grammar school (where I hope they teach grammar) there was recently saved from closing. Hopefully, this is the first fruit of many more blessings from the Diaconate.

  • Deacon Bill

    Dear Diakonos09,

    You’re correct: the latest data shows rather conclusively that where there is a healthy diaconate, there is a healthy presbyterate, including vocation numbers. What the authors of the study also concluded was that a good, positive attitude of “vocation” within the diocese, REGARDLESS of the vocations being promoted, results in increased numbers across the board.

    God bless,

    Bill

  • Jim Dotter

    Oops.. in my haste, I listed “listed” twice! ( I’ll blame it on my public school education. ;-) )

  • http://www.gerardnadal.com Gerard Nadal

    diakonos09,

    It has always struck me as an absurdity, and a lack of faith, that there would be priests and bishops who believe that a robust deaconate would threaten priestly vocations. Do they not understand that this is Jesus’ Church?

  • friscoeddie

    There are 17,000 married deacons in the USA. If we can ordain married Protestant ministers , one who went from evangelical, to Episcopalian to Roman Catholic, why are we closing hundreds of churches when we could ordain a few thousand of the married deacons instead of ‘rejoicing’ over 4-6 ordinations in a huge Archdiocese???.


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