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Deacon Dominic Cerrato, Ph.D.


Deacon Dominic Cerrato offers spiritual direction under the Pastoral Solutions Institute and is currently the Director of Diaconal Formation for the Diocese of Joliet. Formerly, he served in full-time pastoral ministry specializing in adult formation. He has also taught theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost along with ethics at Thomas Nelson Community College. 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 included a highly successful program for returning Catholics that was featured in USA Today and Our Sunday Visitor.

Deacon Dominic is a national speaker, retreat master and author. 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 36 years and they have seven children and many grandchildren.