Father John Chlebo
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Fr. John Chlebo is the pastor of St. Christopher Parish. He grew up in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland at St. Mark Parish. Fr. John completed his seminary studies and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland in 1980. He has served as a Parochial Vicar at Ss. Cosmas and Damian in Twinsburg, St. Wenceslas in Maple Heights, St. Richard in North Olmsted and St. Anthony of Padua in Parma. Bishop Pilla appointed Fr. John as pastor of St. Christopher Parish on July 1, 1997. While pastor here, Fr. John pursued a course of continuing education and received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from St. Mary Seminary in 2003. In addition to his assignment as pastor, Fr. John currently serves as the Delegate for Senior Clergy in the diocese. In this role he coordinates programs and gatherings for diocesan senior priests and keeps in touch with them regarding their housing, care and other needs. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, dining out and playing golf.
Father Tim Daw
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Born in Cleveland Fr. Tim is a middle child of five boys and two girls who grew up learning and appreciating the importance of his Catholic faith from two Irish Catholic parents. Prior to becoming a priest in the Diocese of Cleveland Father Tim was a Franciscan Friar of the Cincinnati Province.
Father Tim has a degree in Psychology/ Adolescent and Family Counseling from Saint Meinrad College, Indiana. He holds graduate degrees in theology: a Masters in Liturgical Studies from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago; and a Masters of Divinity from Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School Cleveland.
Ordained a priest by Bishop Pilla June 25th 1991 Fr. Tim has worked in the Office for Pastoral Liturgy in the Diocese of Cleveland as well as serving as a parish priest. His first parish assignment was Saint Bernadette in Westlake. He then moved to Saint Ignatius of Antioch in Cleveland for seven years and also appointed Presbyterial Moderator for Annunciation Parish Cleveland for eight years. Father Tim was assigned to Saint Christopher Parish March 2003.
Father Anthony Marshall
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Fr. Anthony is originally from Euclid. He attended Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University. Following his novitiate and profession of vows as a religious of the Blessed Sacrament in 2006, he studied theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, earning a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Theology, with a focus on Sacred Scripture. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2011.
After his ordination, Fr. Anthony ministered at a parish on Chicago’s south side, serving a largely immigrant community. He was subsequently appointed Vocation Director for his Province and transferred to New York City. During his time in New York, Fr. Anthony ministered at the Federal Prison in lower Manhattan celebrating Sunday Masses and providing sacramental ministry for the prisoners. In 2015, he was transferred to Cleveland, where he continued to serve as Vocation Director while also serving as a member of the faculty at Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University. At Borromeo and JCU, he taught the introductory Biblical courses. Until recently, Fr. Anthony was studying in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute before coming to St. Christopher Parish as parochial vicar.
Fr. Anthony is also a meteorological enthusiast, having been a radio and TV weather reporter in Erie, Pennsylvania prior to his calling to priesthood. He is excited to be a part of the pastoral team at St. Christopher Parish, and is looking forward to being of service to the parish family.
Deacon Dennis Conrad
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Dennis was assigned at St. Christopher Parish as his first assignment after his ordination on May 2, 2015. He and his wife, Paula, live in Westlake with their son, David. Dennis is an Associate Professor in the Accountancy Department of The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He enjoys golf, reading, cooking and science fiction.
“I am honored to be assigned to St. Christopher’s and look forward to many years serving those in the community.” Deacons provide service in three areas: Liturgy, Word and Charity. As such, his ministry will include assisting at the celebration of Mass, which is the source and summit of our Christian Life, as well as celebrating baptisms, weddings and funerals. In the area of the Ministry of the Word, Deacon Dennis plans to be active in the parish school and PSR as well as adult education efforts. The area of the Ministry of Charity is include visits and communion calls to parishioners, and participating in various activities throughout the year.
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Gayle has been a Pastoral Associate at St. Christopher since 1994. She is a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister in the Diocese of Cleveland and has her Masters in Ministry from Ursuline College.
Gayle was the chairperson of the St. Christopher and St. Angela Merici Cluster Planning and Coordination Team and serves on the Parish Pastoral Council as the staff liaison. She works in many areas of parish ministry but her specific pastoral responsibilities include ministry with the sick and aging, the homebound, those in nursing homes and hospitals, funeral planning, the bereaved, the separated and divorced and Project Rachael, a ministry for those who seek healing after an abortion. She also authors a bi-monthly newsletter for the parish’s Ministry of Praise. Gayle serves as a procurator for those wishing to petition the tribunal for an invalidity of their marriage following a divorce.
Gayle is a sports fan, especially of basketball, baseball and football at all levels and is particularly fond of women’s basketball. She enjoys golfing during the summer.
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Logan Feldkamp spent his childhood in Mentor, Ohio as a part of Saint Bede the Venerable parish. During his time as a parishioner, Logan participated in various ministries, including PSR, RCIA, altar serving, youth group, young adult group, and the Knights of Columbus. Feeling called to full-time ministry, Logan enrolled in the Religious Studies program at Ursuline College, where he graduated from in 2019. He is currently seeking his Masters in Theological and Pastoral Studies from Ursuline College and his Lay Ministry Certification from the Diocese of Cleveland.
Logan joined the staff in 2019 as part of a ministry expansion effort at St. Christopher. His primary responsibilities include digital ministry and working with the youth and young adults of the parish. During his free time, Logan enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and cheering on Cleveland sports teams.
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Mrs. Melissa DiFini is a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister in the Diocese of Cleveland. She and her husband, Joseph live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and have been married for twenty-two years. They are members of Divine Word Church in Kirtland.
Melissa has served as a Parish Council member, a catechist for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and Communion minister to homebound, nursing homes, and hospice houses. She served as a catechist for PSR in her parish for eight years and has a Catechist Certificate.
She currently serves in a part-time ministry position with Catholic Cemeteries Association as a Minister of Consolation and Substitute Grief Support Leader.
She is the former owner of The Colorist Salon for seventeen years and has been a hairdresser for thirty years.
Melissa answered God’s call to transition towards full-time ministry and, with her husband’s support, they took those steps, and Melissa joined the staff in 2022. Her primary responsibilities at St. Christopher Parish include Funeral and Bereavement Ministry, Ministers of Praise, Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, and Walking with Moms in Need.
Melissa and Joe enjoy time together daily, especially for walks in the park with their dog, Boomer, and going to Mass together on Sundays. They end their day reflecting on the Gospel and praying. Melissa also enjoys chai tea lattes, time with friends and family, reading, exercising, cooking, and baking.
Music Ministry Director
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Robert P. McMurray is a native of Columbiana, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in accounting in 1987. By 1997 Robert completed his Master’s in Music degree program at Cleveland State University while serving as an organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Also in 1997 he passed the required examinations of the American Guild of Organists to receive the designation of Colleague. He has been a presenter for the National Pastoral Musicians organization and can be heard on several recordings from the Cathedral as well as the archives from the syndicated radio program, PIPEDREAMS. Robert has worked as a musician in the Diocese of Cleveland for many years, most recently serving the community of St. Rita Church over the past 13 years in Solon, Ohio. While at St. Rita, Bob built a very large eclectic music program of well over 100 volunteers. To his delight, many of the young people he has mentored there have gone on to pursue careers in music. While the program has become large, the focus always has remained on the participation of the congregation.
Bob manages several rental properties in the area and is a licensed realtor. He also enjoys classic cars, trips to the gym, visiting his mom in Columbiana and time with his beloved cocker spaniel Lulu
Bob returned to St. Christopher Parish in 2019 after having served the community from 1998-2004. He is dedicated to the recruitment and encouragement of talent and to the full and active participation of the people
He is truly looking forward to this return to his old home!
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Sharon joined the staff in 2015 as SCS Retreat Coordinator. In 2016, her responsibilities expanded to include PSR Principal, CLOW, RCIC and Vacation Bible School. In 2017 her responsibilities were again expanded and she was named DRE. Sharon is a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister in the Diocese of Cleveland. She and her husband Tom and their five children have been members of St. Christopher since 1996. Sharon enjoys hiking the Metro Park and spending time with family when she is not coordinating the many programs serving the people of St. Christopher.
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Terri Pastura is a native of the southwest side of Cleveland. She began her
service in the Catholic Church at the age of 16 working in the office of St.
Francis de Sales Parish in Parma. Since then, she has served the Church in the Dioceses of Cleveland, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Orlando, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Lansing, Michigan. Terri is a certified Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland.
She is working on improving communications and technology use at St. Christopher and is excited to be a part of the vibrant St. Christopher Parish family.
Terri enjoys travel, photography and handcrafts.
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Eric Perusek is a local teaching-artist who has worked in an educational capacity for: Playhouse Square, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Karamu House, True North Cultural Arts, and the City of Cleveland. He has led classes and professional development sessions for participants ranging from pre-school students to adults. As a volunteer, he has helped plan and facilitate retreats and meetings with the “Families in Christ Jesus” youth group; a community that played a huge role in his faith formation as a teen. Currently, Eric combines his part-time work as a youth minister at St. Christopher with a full-time position in Playhouse Square’s department of community engagement and education. He holds a BA from Cleveland State University, where he double-majored in communications and dramatic arts. Eric is a lifelong Catholic who resides in Parma with his wife, Annie, and two children, Jack and Vivienne. In his spare time, he enjoys fantasy football, watching youtube debates, and learning more about Catholic apologetics.
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Joe has worked at St. Christopher since June, 2016. He received his Accounting Degree from Walsh University, an MBA from Miami University and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive). Prior to joining St. Christopher, Joe had held a number of senior financial and management roles in Northeast Ohio.
Joe and his wife, Lydia, reside in Solon, Ohio where they are long-time members of St. Rita Parish. He sits on St. Rita’s Finance Council and has participated in a number of Parish ministries. Joe is also a Board Member of Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union.
Joe and Lydia have five adult children and several grandchildren.
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