Parish Staff

Fr. Joseph G. Workman

Pastor

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Father grew up in Coventry Township, south of Akron. He attended St. Francis de Sales in Akron, OH, and graduated from Coventry High School. While pursuing a Math Education degree at Kent State University, he coached wrestling – a sport in which he actively participated during his youth. He graduated from Kent in December 1997, and entered St. Mary’s Seminary in 1998.

Father graduated from St. Mary’s with a Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland on May 15, 2004.

  • Assigned to Saint Columbkille Church in Parma June 8, 2004 – June 3, 2008
  • Assigned to Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Barberton June 3, 2008 – January 1, 2010
  • Assigned to Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish in Barberton December 3, 2008 – June 30, 2009
  • Assigned to Sacred Heart Of Jesus in Wadsworth June 30, 2009 – January 1, 2010
  • Saint Clement Catholic Parish in Lakewood January 1, 2010 – present
  • Saint James Catholic Parish in Lakewood July 25, 2012 – present

Serves as the Spiritual Support for Lakewood Catholic Academy.

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Fr. Deogratias Ruwaainenyi

Hospital Chaplain

Bishop Lennon has assigned Fr. Deogratias Ruwaainenyi to be Hospital Chaplain at Fairview Hospital effective June 10, 2014.

Fr. Deogratias will reside in residence at Saint Clement Parish. Father is willing to help with Masses at both Saint Clement and Saint James Parishes.

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Deacon Danny Bryan

Deacon

Born 10-2-1951 in Columbus Ohio; fifth child of six.

Married to Gerilynn [Geri] on 8-25-1972 and have two children and three grandchildren.

Deacon Danny Graduated from Franklin University of Columbus in 1975 with a BSBA and Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s of Organization Development and Analysis in 1986.

He began his work career with Ohio Bell in 1970 as a lineman and moved through the organization in various capacities until retirement in 2000 as a Human Resource Manager. After retirement from Ohio Bell [AT&T] he volunteered for Freedom House a halfway center. The women’s annex was located at St. Clement for some time. His volunteer experiences lead him to take the exam for Chemical Dependency counseling. In 1995, Danny began teaching as Adjunct Faculty for Tiffin University.

In 2002, Danny started working as a counselor at Grafton Correctional Institution; in 2005 he became Director of Re-entry for the Center for Families and Children; and, in 2009, took on the direct service case management position with Community Re-entry. Danny hopes to become certified as a Life Coach with primary focus in the areas of personal and spiritual development.

Geri and Danny became members of the St. James community in 1977. They began formation for the Diaconate in September 2004 and Danny was ordained a Deacon to the Diocese of Cleveland in May 2008; appointed to St. James at ordination until closure and re-assigned to St. Clement in 2010.

As a deacon, aside from the ministry at the altar, he works as a member of the RCIA team and the Spiritual Development committee; assists in the preparation of engaged couples; and as needed, assists with funerals, baptisms, and weddings.

Danny and Geri both state they have “found a home at St. Clement” and Danny is also pleased to be able to reconnect with St. James.

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Mrs. Colleen Houk

PSR Director

Colleen is a resident of Lakewood and a long time parishioner of Saint Clement. She is an active member of the Parish Spiritual Development Committee, leading youth and families in the Saint Clement and Saint James PSR programs. She enjoys spending time with families and friends.

Colleen considers it a privilege to work with the students and families as they prepare for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. She enjoys working with the Family Parish School of Religion at Saint James and Saint Clement parishes and the “Journey of Faith” program, as well as the joint parish Youth Group serving 9th-12th grade.

  • Colleen holds the Diocese of Cleveland Master Certification in Catechetical Instruction.
  • She is also a Parish Catechetical Leader through the Diocese of Cleveland, Office of Catechetical Formation and Education.
  • She is also trained in the Catechesis of the Good Shepard.

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Mrs. Alyssa Nadin

Business Manager

Alyssa is the business manager for both St. Clement Parish and St. James Parish.

Alyssa grew up in Brunswick, Ohio and graduated from St. Joseph Academy. She attended Baldwin-Wallace, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Entrepreneurship and earned an MBA in Accounting.

Alyssa has worked in many diverse settings including a national public accounting firm as well as a small chemical distributor. Alyssa realized while using her business background that she also wanted to find a job where she had a common mission with the organization and she has found it here at St. Clement’s.

She loves people, adores children, and enjoys getting to know those who cross her path. She also has a passion for cooking, spending time with friends & family, and supporting Cleveland’s fantastic restaurant scene.

We welcome Alyssa to the St. Clement’s community as our newly hired business manager.

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Mr. James Flood

Director of Music

Mr. Flood received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he studied under world-renowned classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco. He has 26 years’ experience offering guitar instruction and has his own guitar teaching studio, James Flood Guitar Lessons Click Here. James, his wife Jeanette, and their six children are parishioners at St. Clement’s.

James Flood has conducted choirs for 21 years, holding posts at several churches, including the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. He is currently the choral director of the Schola Cantorum of the Lyceum, a grade 7-12 Catholic liberal arts school in South Euclid. James is also the founder and president of The Foundation for Sacred Arts, a Catholic nonprofit organization that seeks to stimulate a movement in new sacred music, art, and architecture. 

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Ms. Susan Simmons

Parish Secretary

Susan has been the Parish Secretary at St. Clement Church since August 2002.  A longtime resident of Lakewood that has 2 sons.  She enjoys greeting all the different people that come to visit the Rectory at St. Clement.  She considers it a great gift to serve the parishioners and staff of St. Clement Parish. She enjoys reading, cooking and spending quality time with her family.

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Ms. Janet Guetle, BME, MM

Organist

Janet began playing the piano and organ for church when she was fifteen. After high school,

  • She began musical studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois where she obtained a diploma in sacred music with a piano emphasis.
  • She went on to Wittenberg University  in Springfield, Ohio to obtain her Bachelor’s of music education with a piano and voice major.
  • She furthered her vocal training by receiving here master’s degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

She has received organ instruction from

  • Adrienne Hess at the Cleveland Institute of Music
  • David Boe and Haskell Thomas of Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Janet has two grown daughters, Elisabeth and Olivia, who both majored in cello in college. Daughter Olivia is on the musical staff of Fairhaven Church in Dayton, Ohio, where she plays cello weekly with the church orchestra.

Janet retired from teaching vocal and instrumental music in Mansfield City Schools in 2015.

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Mr. Frank Stasko

Maintenance

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