62nd Annual Bishop’s Address: Bishop Edward C. Malesic – Feb 10, 2022

The First Friday Club of Cleveland Welcomes to our Annual Luncheon the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The First Friday Club of Cleveland has a long standing tradition of hosting an annual address given by the Bishop of the Cleveland Diocese.  This year the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic will address the First Friday Club on Thursday, February 10th at Windows on the River.  Our goal is to bring together the Cleveland Catholic community to show our support for Bishop Malesic, our Diocese, and our Church. We hope you will join us!

62nd Annual Bishop’s Address with the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic

On September, 14, 2020 Bishop Edward C. Malesic, JCL, was installed as the 12th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. 

Prior to his arrival in Cleveland, He was appointed in 2015 by Pope Francis to be the fifth bishop of Greensburg on April 24, 2015. Bishop Malesic was ordained and installed as bishop of Greensburg on July 13 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

In the months following his installation as the Bishop of Cleveland, Bishop Malesic worked to guide the diocese through the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring access to parishes and the sacraments while putting guidelines into place to maintain the health and safety of parish and school communities.  As the pandemic waned, Bishop Malesic has increased his parish visitation schedule to become well acquainted with the clergy and faithful of parishes across the eighth counties of the diocese. 

In addition, Bishop Malesic is building upon the efforts of his predecessor in stressing the development strategic plan to strengthen Catholic elementary education in the diocese.  The Keeping the Faith Initiative pulls together groups of experts from several fields to explore and recommend models to ensure that Catholic education is available and affordable across the diocese for many years to come.

He recently established the new position of Vicar for Evangelization.  The Vicar for Evangelization will help coordinate the talents of the Office of Communications and the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development to further the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News in the most effective ways possible.

Bishop Malesic was born on August 14, 1960 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bishop Malesic is a 1978 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, Harrisburg, and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville as a biology major for three years prior to entering the seminary. 

In 1981 he was accepted into the seminary program at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1983.  He continued his theological studies at the Josephinum and was awarded a master of divinity degree in 1987.

He is a member of two USCCB committees: the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and the Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

Announcing the Most Reverend Roger W. Gries OSB “Heart of a Servant” Award.  This award will be an annual recognition of an individual who has provided great service to the First Friday Club of Cleveland. The first recipient will be Bishop Roger Gries OSB.


Windows on the River
FirstEnergy Powerhouse
2000 Sycamore St
Cleveland, OH 44113
Parking is available in the lot in front of Windows on the River at no charge. 

11:15 am – Registration opens
12:00 pm – Program begins 


$300/table of 10
$30/individual ticket

All attendees must register in advance. Seating is limited and we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. 


Cancellation Policy: If you reserve and are unable to attend, please email admin@firstfridayclubcleveland.org or call 216-589-9852 to cancel by noon on 2/4/22  to avoid being charged for the event. No refund will be given if reservations are canceled after that time.