About Us

Father William Smith, Pastor

  • I am Fr. Bill Smith and I am excited to be named pastor of Our Lady of Grace. I was born and raised in Cleveland. I am one of six children of William and Anna Smith, who are both deceased.
  • I am the product of the Cleveland Public School System graduating in 1972. I attended CCD classes at St. Joseph Franciscan Catholic Church, which used to be on East 23rd and Woodland Avenue.
  • My background is in the medical field since 1974. I started out as an on the job trainee in Inhalation Therapy. I then attended Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) to become certified and then a Registered Respiratory Therapist. After finishing at CCC, I went on to study nursing at St. Vincent Charity Hospital to obtain a diploma in Nursing and becoming a Registered Nurse. In 1985 I continued my education in order to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. I worked in the field of Anesthesia full time until I entered the Seminary in 1997.
  • I was ordained May 17, 2003 and was assigned to St. Monica Church as parochial vicar until 2007. In June 2007, I was transferred to St. John Bosco as parochial vicar until 2011. From June 2011 until June 2012, I was the parochial vicar at St. Augustine in Barberton. I became the Priest Chaplain at St. John Medical Center in June 2012 until being named pastor of Our Lady of Grace on March 20, 2018. May 1, 2018 was my first official day at this great parish.