Deacon Dominic Cerrato is Director of Diaconal Ministries and Director of the Diaconate for the Diocese of Joliet. He is also the editor of Our Sunday Visitor’s The Deacon magazine and was chosen by Pope Francis to be a member of the international Papal Commission on Women and the Diaconate. Formerly, he served in full-time pastoral ministry specializing in adult faith formation. He has taught theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Duquesne University, and Holy Apostles College and Seminary. While at Franciscan University, Deacon Dominic also established and developed the Distance Learning Masters in Theology Program. He has nearly 30 years of experience in catechetical and pastoral ministry on both the diocesan and parish levels.
Ordained in 1995 as the first permanent deacon of the Diocese of Steubenville at the age of 35, Deacon Dominic is a national speaker, author, and retreat master. Deacon Dominic and his wife Judith have been married for 40 years, and they have seven children and many grandchildren.