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Sabbath Retreats
​​​Rooted in Word and Sacrament, Sabbath Retreats, the preaching ministry of  Fr. Lou Papes,
celebrates ​the promise of the Second Vatican Council ​and the Gospel vision of a new creation of global peace and justice.​​

About Lou

Fr. Lou  Papes was ordained for the diocese of Cleveland in 1988 after twenty-four years as an educator.  He ministered in parishes in the diocese until 2001 when he joined  the diocese of Georgetown, Guyana in South America to preach on behalf of the poor in Central America and the Caribbean.  He retired in 2011.  He resides in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

Lou has wide experience in workshop and retreat work, having founded Sabbath Retreats in 1992.  Committed to the theology and ecclesiology of Vatican II, Lou's enthusiasm for the church and its mission in the world permeates his presentations.
             1957-62     John Carroll University,  Cleveland, Ohio  A..B. in Classics (English)   M.A. (English)
             1962-73     Cleveland State University,  Educational Certification (English, Reading K-12,  Educational Media, Supervision)
             1983-88     St. Mary Seminary Graduate School, Cleveland, Ohio   M. Div., Ordination to the priesthood for the  Diocese of Cleveland
    Professional Experience

                       1959-63        St. Therese Elementary School, Garfield Heights, Ohio
                       1963-73        Padua Franciscan High School,  Parma, Ohio 
                       1973-74        Ohio Department of Education,  Columbus, Oh
                       1974-83        Chagrin Falls High School,  Chagrin Falls, Ohio
                       1978-83        Cuyahoga Community College, Adjunct, Eastern Campus
                       2011-            Cuyahoga Community College,  Adjunct, Western Campus
                      1988-93        Associate Pastor, St. Peter Church,  Lorain, Ohio
                      1992-            Sabbath Retreats founded
                      1993-95        Associate Pastor, St. Raphael Church, Bay Village, Ohio
                      1995-99        Pastor, Christ the King Church, East Cleveland, Ohio
                      1999-2011    Preaching Ministry, Food for the Poor, Coconut Creek, FL
                      2011-            Retired from full time ministry


I regularly receive your Sunday homilies. Thank you for having me on your list.  In the course of my own preparation for Sundays your insights would be among a number of others that I would draw on.                    
                                                                                                                         + Francis Alleyne OSB, Bishop, Georgetown, Guyana 
Fr. Lou Papes is one of Cleveland's finest preachers.  It is clear to me that he enjoys the charisma of preaching.  His homilies reflect intelligence, pastoral experience, imagination, and a deep love for the word of God.  
 -- Rev. Donald Cozzens, Author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood                                                                                                                                                       and  Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church 
Our Parish Mission was one of the largest in recent memory because of Fr. Lou's engaging style and powerful message.  His inclusive attitude and his wealth of images and stories made all feel connected to the experience of the four evenings.  Fr. Lou energized the spirituality of our faith community.                                        
                                                                                                                        --Rev. Don Oleksiak, Former Pastor St. Monica, Garfield Hts., OH
Parishioner response to the mission Fr. Lou conducted was overwhelmingly positive. He tailored his talks well to our specific needs. The Spirit spoke clearly and effectively through him all three evenings. He brought home to us the “joy of the gospel,”  the deeper meaning of Christian hospitality, and its relevance to our call to evangelize. Very well done.                                                                                   -- Rev. Ron Bryda, Pastor Emeritus, Our Lake Help of Christians, Litchfield, OH
Our parishioners related instantly to Fr. Lou in a very warm and open way.  He was very cordial and complimentary to all those parishioners he met.  They want him to come back.                        --Rev. Ted Brodeur, St. Mary, Saulte Ste. Marie, MI​
Only a person who has undergone a conversion experience can lead others to conversion...I am grateful to Fr. Lou for being willing to allow Our Lord to invite us to such an experience. ​        --Rev. Water Benn, Pastor, St. Aloysius, Pottstown, PA

Weeks after our mission was over, we are still referring  to the challenges Fr. Lou left us.  He is continuing to influence our community and bring us to deeper awareness of the challenges and joys of being disciples in the 21st century.                                                                                                                        --Fr. Tim LaBo, Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, Apoka, FL
Fr. Lou's preaching was able to convince people to look at their Christian commitment to justice in a new way.  He was able to move people to action.  He was excellent!                         --Rev. Bob Mattingly, St. Maxilmilian Kolbe, Port Charlotte, FL
Fr. Lou was very personable, relaxed and well prepared.  He spoke with great conviction.  His preaching was inspiring and thought-provoking, hope-filled and challenging.                           --Sr. Shirley Gerth, St. Anne Church, Newcastle, IN
Fr. Lou was well received at our two parishes.  His preaching and celebration of the liturgy were lively and energizing.  I heard several comments from parishioners that his presence was appreciated.     
                                                                                                                                  --Rev. Scott Kramer, CPPS, Pastor St. Michael, Kalida, OH
From feedback, Fr. Lou has many “fans” in Green Bay--East Side!  The days Fr. Lou was with us were a real blessing and we thank God for him and all his spirit and enthusiasm for the Lord.                                    --Sr. Marlita Henseler, fscc
                                                                                                                                                                                   St. Philip the Apostle, Green Bay, WI