Father Zachary Kawalec

Father Kawalec is Nativity’s second pastor. He was born on April 9th, 1975 to Michael and Dwyn (nee Taddie and deceased 4/4/2017) Kawalec. He is the oldest of four children; 2 sisters and 1 brother. He and his siblings grew up in, and had received most of their Sacraments at, St. Mary Parish in Chardon, […]

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Deacon Dennis Smith

Deacon Dennis was born in Elyria and has lived in the Akron area since 1973. Deacon received his B.S. in Education from Kent State University. He was ordained a deacon May 22, 1993, and served nine years at Immaculate Conception in Kenmore. He has been at Nativity of the Lord Jesus since August 2002.He has worked […]

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Kathleen Conrad – age 3-6 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium

Along with being a catechist, Kathleen is also a member of parish council, facilitator for Liturgy of the Word for Children has been a station leader for VBS for 16 years, and coordinates tours for the Bethlehem Cave and Museum as well as leading tours. Since joining Nativity as a founding member, Kathleen has previously […]

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LynnAnn Sklack – age 6-9 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium

Lynn has been a parishioner for 17 years. She is married to Dennis and has three children: Ashley, Austin, and Alexis. She has been a catechist for 19 years beginning at St. Cecil’s in Rochester, PA. At Nativity, she started teaching 5th grade and then was asked to move to the 6th grade. She taught […]

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Barb Whiddon – Children’s Liturgy of the Word Coordinator

Barb has been a catechist for over 20 years. As a parent, she realized the key role she had in her son’s faith formation. “I wanted to show him the importance of religious education both at home and through formal instruction.” She started teaching at the pre-school level when Kyle was just 4 years old […]

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Dave Lawless – First Year Confirmation Preparation and High School

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