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Kathleen Ott named Consultant for Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry


May 23, 2023

Primary Contact: Barbara Walko, Diocesan Director of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry
(330) 744-8451,

Additional Media Contact: Justin Huyck, Director of Communications
(330) 744-8451, ext. 320;

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announces that Kathleen Ott has been named a Consultant for the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry effective in July. A Consultant works with the Diocesan Director and another Consultant in serving diocesan parishes and schools in catechetical and other pastoral areas.

The Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry supports the vision of Bishop David J. Bonnar in advocating for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, forming Lay Ecclesial Ministers to serve parishes and Catholic schools, and promoting quality faith formation for adults, youth, children, families, and for sacramental preparation.

Kathleen Ott brings a rich educational, theological, and ministerial background to serve the parishes and schools within the Diocese of Youngstown. Currently the Pastoral Associate for St. Francis de Sales Parish, Akron, Kathleen has served the same parish as the Director of Faith Formation, Director of Youth Ministry, and as a teacher in the parish school.

As a lifelong learner, Kathleen has completed graduate studies in education and theology through the University of Akron and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. She holds a certificate in Lay Ecclesial Ministry from the Diocese of Cleveland and is studying Spiritual Direction at Franciscan University.

Kathleen has been active in multiple groups in the Diocese of Cleveland including the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Board and Parish Catechetical Leader Advisory Board, and as a mentor and facilitator for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Tribunal Case Specialist, Master Catechist, and Virtus facilitator.

In accepting the position, Kathleen shared, “I am excited to begin this new chapter of ministry, collaborating with others to help form the lay faithful to be educated and authentic witnesses to the Catholic faith.”

Kathleen will be joining Margie Hynes, also a Consultant, and Diocesan Director of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Barbara Walko.


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