In May 2017, along with seven other men, Anthony Simone was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Cleveland.
Fr. Anthony Simone now serves as parochial vicar at St. Sebastian Parish in Akron. Fr. Anthony began diving deeper into his faith after graduating from the University of Akron and while working in customer service at SherwinWilliams. He eventually discerned a call to the priesthood and entered Saint Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe.
Along with the theology and formation, what Fr. Anthony most appreciates about his time at Saint Mary is learning “how much I need God.” His involvements in ministries and mission trips were also greatly impactful: teaching, working locally with hunger centers, RCIA, homeless shelters, and the disabled, as well as working abroad with the people of El Salvador and Tanzania. A love for people drew him to the priesthood in the first place; these seminary experiences further developed that love. “The seminary strengthened my gifts and my desire to serve.”
Fr. Simone truly enjoys his priestly responsibilities: “Confessions are my favorite because I don’t matter at all; God just uses me—it’s awesome. RCIA has been another favorite.”
“I’m busier than I’ve ever been, but it is in a very real, fulfilling way.”