Reverend Norman Douglas
Born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Akron, Ohio
Active in University of Akron Newman Campus Ministry (Newman Apostolate) 1965-69
Graduated Magna cum Laude - University of Akron, 1969, Bachelor Degree in English
Entered Borromeo Seminary in fall of 1969
Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland, June 1974
- Master of Divinity Degree from St. Mary Seminary
Associate Pastor, St. Barnabas Church, Northfield, 1974-79
Associate Pastor, Holy Family Church, Stow, 1979-84
Member of Akron Catholic Commission, 1980-84
Associate Pastor, St. Martha Church, Akron, 1984-85
Pastor, St. Martha Church, Akron, 1985-1999
Executive Director, Heart to Heart Communications, 1999-present (appointment by Bishop Pilla)
Newman Campus Minister, University of Akron, 1999-present
First Friday Club, Chaplain, 2000-present
Akron Bar Association Ethics Grievance Committee 1992-98
Leadership Akron, Alumni, 1997 - present
Coming Together Akron, 1998 – 2006
Character Counts! Akron, Executive Committee, 1997 - 2007
National Coalition of Ministry in Daily Life, 1994 - 2002
Began an area-wide Faith at Work group at St. Martha Church, 1986
Began a Faith at Work group for lawyers in 1988, established additional Vocational Reflection Groups
Co-founded with Larry Vuillemin in 1990 Heart to Heart Communications, a community catalyst for personal and spiritual development as a foundation for enriching workplaces.
Facilitates with lay leaders a four-evening mission, God Revives Our World, offered in 64 different parishes in the Cleveland Diocese and across the country.
Facilitates with lay leaders a three-evening mission New Wineskins (Going Deeper into Our Catholic Tradition & Spirituality), offered in 11 parishes.
Addressed the Faith at Work parish connection at several diocesan and national conferences: Strengthening the Laity-Liturgy-Life at Work Connection: Parish Possibilities and Practicalities
Served as a retreat master for many faith based retreats, including three for the Diocese of Cleveland deacons and their wives, one for the Diocese of Phoenix deacons and wives, and one for the priests of N. Dakota.
Fr. Norm has facilitated retreats and workshops in over 140 companies, agencies, education institutions and faith communities and has been a keynote speaker at work related and civic gatherings.
Fr. Norm co-authored a book with Attorney Larry Vuillemin and Steve Hallam, former dean of
The University of Akron Business School, “How in the World Do We Make a Difference?”
1996 Charles Salem Humanitarian Award
(Presented by the City of Akron, Human &Community Relations Commission)
Leadership Akron 2002 Leadership Award
2005 Outstanding Alumni Award (Presented by the University of Akron)
2006 Sales & Marketing Executives International Founding Principles Award
2009 Betty Dalton Community Service Award
2014 the Community Medal Award presented by the Salvation Army of Summit County
2015 the Friend of Young Leaders Award presented by Torchbearers.