Deacon Dominic Cerrato is Executive Director of Diaconal Ministries, offers spiritual direction through the Pastoral Solutions Institute and is adjunct professor of pastoral theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Formerly, he served in full-time pastoral ministry specializing in adult faith formation. He has taught theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost. While at Franciscan University, Deacon Dominic also established and developed the Distance Learning Masters in Theology Program. He has nearly 30 years of experience in catechetical and pastoral ministry on both the diocesan and parish levels.
Deacon Dominic possesses a BA in Theology from Franciscan University, a MA in Theology from Duquesne University where he also completed his Ph.D. course work with a concentration in healthcare ethics. In 2009, he was awarded a Ph.D in Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Ordained in 1995 as the first permanent deacon of the Diocese of Steubenville, Deacon Dominic has developed a number of formation/catechetical programs including a highly successful program for returning Catholics that was featured in USA Today and Our Sunday Visitor.
Deacon Dominic is a national speaker, author and retreat master. Beyond scholarly and popular articles, he recently published a book entitled, In the Person of Christ the Servant, A Theology of the Diaconate Based on the Personalist Thought of Pope John Paul II. His teaching/presentation style is both dynamic and interactive using content as a means to stimulate creative thought. Simply put, the goal for him is not merely the transmission of truth, though this is essential, but to help his audience think, ponder, discover and grow.
Deacon Dominic and his wife Judith have been married for 34 years and they have seven children and many grandchildren.