Meet the OLG Pastoral Staff

Fr. Kevin Shemuga

PASTOR

Father Kevin C. Shemuga was appointed pastor of OLG on February 29, 2016, and was installed as pastor on June 25, 2016, by Bishop Richard Lennon. Father Kevin was ordained a priest in 1983 and has served in several parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland. He comes to Our Lady of Guadalupe with an enriched experience that includes ministry to the Bereaved, spiritual director/confessor to many priests, deacons, and laity, and devoted to the care of our young people and the sick.

He received his academic degrees from Borromeo Seminary College (BA), St. Mary Seminary (M. Div.), and John Carroll University (MA). He is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry from St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Father Kevin enjoys music, the arts, reading, walking, and golf. He manages and plays baseball in the Roy Hobbs Adult League in Akron, Ohio.

His motto is taken from the Confessions of Saint Augustine: “For you, God, have made us for Yourself, and, our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

Deacon Dave Govern

Permanent Deacon

Deacon David Govern is the son of founding parishioners Len and Helen Govern and has been a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe since its inception in 1967. He has been married to his wife Elaine since November 26, 1983. Elaine and Dave have four children, Jeffrey (Beth), Steven, Emily (Mike) and Becky. They have one grandchild, Lily.

Dave was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Cleveland on May 2, 2009 by Bishop Richard Lennon.

Deacon Dave officiates at weddings in the Catholic Church, performs infant baptisms, performs wake services and officiates at other funeral liturgies. He assists the priest at Sunday liturgies and preaches at mass on a regular basis. He visits the sick and officiates at various public prayer services.

He has a passion for sports; in particular, Cleveland sports teams. Elaine and Dave possess a love of animals and have various dogs, cats, chickens and fish at their house in Macedonia.

Matthew Griffith

Coordinator of Religious Education and Youth Ministry

Matthew Griffith has been the DRE at OLG since December, 2019. Matthew was born and raised in Ashtabula, OH and attended St. Joseph Catholic church. Matthew heads the PSR program and youth ministry program. He also leads our livestreaming efforts to bring the Mass to the home-bound.

Matthew and his wife, Robin, have 2 children- Bowen and Bristol- and call Macedonia home.  Matthew likes to volunteer coaching Bowen and Bristol’s youth sports teams. As a family, he also enjoys camping and hiking. Matthew also enjoys playing and watching sports, including football, baseball, basketball, and rugby.

Don Grabowy

Music Director

Donald Grabowy has served as the Liturgical Music Director for Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish since the summer of 2013. He previously held the same positions at St. Martin of Tours in Maple Heights (1983-2001) and St. Luke the Evangelist in Lakewood (2002-2013). Don is married to Heather and they have two children: daughter, Brittany (son-in-law, Will) and son, Bradley. The Grabowy's have been members of OLG since 2004.

Jacqueline Cackowski

Administrative Assistant

Jacqueline began working at Our Lady of Guadalupe on November 1, 2004.  She has had the pleasure of being the assistant for Fr. David Trask and now for Fr. Kevin Shemuga.  Jacqueline is responsible for taking care of all administrative duties in the parish office and assisting parishioners with whatever needs they might have.  She and her son Derek reside in Chardon, Ohio.