Meet the OLG Pastoral Staff

Deacon Dave Govern

Permanent Deacon/Parish Life Coordinator

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 (Natalie), Emily
(Mike) and Becky (Ben). They have five grandchildren; Lily, Ray, Mia, Maddie, and Jack.
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.