Our Story

The Community of Saint Peter is an intentional community in the Catholic tradition, established in 2009. After worshiping for a short time at Cleveland State University, the community gathered together in its new space on the fifteenth of August 2010. At present, our membership numbers 200 households (about 320 people). Members come from as near as the city and inner-ring suburbs, and as far away as Summit, Lorain, and Geauga counties.


We are an inclusive community that values diversity and welcomes all who are hoping to find a place of acceptance and a place to share their faith without judgment or prejudice. The Community of Saint Peter intentionally welcomes, affirms, and celebrates LGBTQ+ people, their families, friends, and allies. Like Jesus, we welcome all.

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Interior of Historic Saint Peter

The Community is committed to its presence in the inner city of Cleveland and has worked to establish ministries that aid the most vulnerable in our city.


At the center of our life together is the Eucharist, which draws us together, sustains our ministries, and sends us forth in the service of the gospel.


We are committed, as well, to a strong program of education for our members and the wider community.

Through our social justice activities, we work not only to meet the immediate needs of others but also, to work for the necessary systemic change which will bring about lasting equality and justice.


The Community is governed by an eleven-member board of trustees who are elected to guide the life and work of the Community in the present and ensure our ongoing stability in the future. A pastor-administrator, hired by the board, is charged with overseeing our liturgical, pastoral, and administrative needs. 

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The Community of Saint Peter strives to be a model of involvement, commitment, and mutual concern, which we believe will be the hallmarks of church communities in the future.


We believe that as the church, the people of God must be alive and present in and for the world. This is the central focus of our concern, attention, and use of our resources.