Deacon Edward J Kleese
Deacon Ed Kleese is a 62-year-old permanent deacon in the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. He and his wife, Diane M. Kleese, are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS), a Roman Catholic parish in Warren, Ohio. Children include 4 married daughters, 1 married son, 5 granddaughters, and 5 grandsons. Ed is a petroleum engineer and a union member of Operating Engineers Local #66. Hobbies include taking autumn vacations with wife, Diane, up to New England, being with the children and grandchildren, raising sweet corn, and gardening. Deacon Ed felt a call to the diaconate in 2013 and was blessed to be ordained a permanent deacon on August 31st of 2019 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio. He currently diaconates (along with brother deacons Robert Simmerly and Joseph Toth) at both sites of SEAS (St. James and SS. Cyril and Methodius) and also at Blessed Sacrament parish. Ministries include funeral and prison ministry, and the altar server instructor for SEAS. Special spiritual devotions include those to the Sacred Heart and Blood of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary (along with the Rosary, Brown Scapular, and Miraculous Medal), St. Joseph, and St. Edward.