Sal joined OPEN M May 2019. After graduating from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.S. in Accounting in 1988, he worked in public and private accounting as an auditor and accounting manager for several years before entering the seminary. Was ordained a priest in 1999 and served for almost 20 years before taking a voluntary leave of absence.
Sal is the youngest of 3, born to Sal and Annette Ruggeri. He grew up in Mayfield Heights and graduated from Mayfield High School before going to Indiana University, and then to St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. Sal served as a Parochial Vicar and then Pastor in several parishes until taking a leave of absence last year. He says, "I have been blessed to have done a great deal of mission work throughout my years as a priest including to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and Red Lake, Minnesota."
Myers-Briggs Personality Type: ENTJ
Three things people would be surprised to know about Sal include:
"1) I taught LeBron James in High School ( I was the chaplain of St. Vincent – St. Mary High School 2) I recorded a Christian CD in Los Angeles two years ago called Blessed Beyond Measure 3) I met St. John Paul the Great in Rome in 1999.”
The mission of OPEN M, a Christian ministry, is to provide pathways out of poverty for all by feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and strengthening the community.