Fr. G. David Bline – Pastor
Our current shepherd, Fr. Bline, came to St. Francis de Sales in 2007 as parochial vicar. He ministered alongside the parish’s second pastor, Fr. James Schleicher, and when Fr. Schleicher retired in 2008, he was named parish administrator, and eventually assigned our third pastor on Nov. 23, 2009.
Fr. Bline often tells stories of his life as the only son with six sisters. He’s the fourth child of Jerry and Rita Bline, and grew up in Summit County. He was baptized at St. Paul Church, attended Holy Family School in Stow and Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Cuyahoga Falls before enrolling in public schools and graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1980. As he began his undergraduate studies in child life at the University of Akron, his family moved to Canal Fulton. He graduated in 1985 and worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland as a child life specialist for more than seven years.
In January 1993 he entered St. Mary Seminary and was ordained a priest May 30, 1998. His pastoral assignments took him to the Church of St. Clare in Lyndhurst and St. Barnabas in Northfield before he joined St. Francis de Sales in 2007.