Deacon Paul E. Richardson

Deacon Paul Deacon Paul E. Richardson was ordained as a Roman Catholic deacon in September 1976 with the first class in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and is their first Black Catholic deacon. He is currently assigned as parish deacon (Senior Status) at St. Paul Church, Yellow Springs, OH; and, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, South Charleston, OH.

He is the Chairman of the Board and founding member of the Ministers of Service, Inc. (a non-profit corporation.) He taught classes in Vatican II, Church history, and Scripture for the Ministers of Service Program, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded in 1979 to conduct leadership training for inner-city parishes in Cincinnati and Dayton. He also taught classes in Vatican II, Church history, and Scripture for that organization for over 20 years.

He was Secretary of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus from 2001 - 2011; Secretary, Past Secretary of the Pan African Roman Catholic Clergy Caucus; Past Chairman of the Board of Directors, Interfaith Campus Ministry program, Central State University. Paul was also the President of the Yellow Springs Christian Association (an ecumenical group of Christian leaders in the Yellow Springs area) for approximately 10 years. He was the Program Coordinator and moderator of their Lenten Discussion series for over 15 years. Paul authored articles for the religion page of the Greene County syndicated newspapers for approximately 10 years through 2014. In July 2005, Paul received the Fr. Joseph Davis lifetime achievement award from the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus for his leadership and dedication to ministry. In the past Paul has also served as President of the National Association of Black Catholic Deacons for 10 years, Past Convener of the National Catholic Deacon Organization Presidents; Secretary of the Yellow Springs Men's Group, Inc.; and, Secretary and President of the Board of Trustees, Yellow Springs Senior Citizens, Inc. Additionally, he has served as a mentor for men in formation for the Archdiocesan Diaconate formation program, and the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program. In 2013, Deacon Paul was among 6 Black Catholics honored by Archbishop Schnurr for their years of service to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati during a special celebration and Mass at the University of Dayton. He is currently a member of Spiritual Directors International, and Shalem Institute; and has continued his service to the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus as “Executive Secretary, pro tem” for special projects.

Prior to becoming a “senior status” deacon, Paul conducted retreats, days of recollection for lectors and extraordinary distributors of communion, seminars for the Diaconate community and lay groups, preached during special occasions for National conferences, and conducted bible study sessions. As a “senior status” deacon (retired, but with faculties) since 2010, Paul’s primary ministry has been as Coordinator of Men’s Retreats (in the Dayton area) for the Ignatian Spirituality Project (a spiritual retreat program for homeless people in recovery that combines the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps with the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius) an International program out of the Chicago Province of Jesuits (see “”). Paul and his wife Juanita have been married for over 58 years, and have two daughters and two grandsons.

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