Basilica of Saint John the Baptist
627 McKinley Avenue NW
Canton, Ohio 44703

Welcome to the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist.  All are welcome to worship here.  If you would like more information about joining our parish, please feel free to speak with the priest after Mass or call the Rectory office.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist is to give witness as a parish community to our Christian beliefs by celebrating Jesus Christ's presence in Word, Worship and Sacrament, reaching out to serve those in need and sharing the love of God through teaching, actions and living examples.rist

Mass Schedule
Weekend Masses

Saturday - 4:00 PM - Basilica

8:00 AM Mass - St. Peter  Church

11:00 AM Mass  - Basilica 

Weekday Masses
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
(no Mass on Tuesday or Thursday)
Gallagher Center Chapel
Saturday - 2:30 to 3:30 PM

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Closed on Friday

Food Pantry
 Wednesday, 9:30 AM until Noon

Samaritan Table
Thursday, 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM

330.454.8044 - phone
330.454.1397 - fax


As was announced this past Sunday, our Rector/Pastor, the Very Reverend Ronald M. Klingler is retiring.  Father Klingler has battled the effects of Parkinson's for the last seven plus years, and has been out of commission for the last two and half months.  He served our Diocese for 52 years; 29 of those years, here at the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist.  It is time for him to rest, and prepare for his latest surgery in September.  He is living in an assisted living facility that regiments his medication, and provides balanced meals, ice cream and the occasional martini.    Father Klingler has done many wonderful things for our parish, and we will sorely miss him. 

As a retired priest, Father Klingler will remain in good standing with full faculties in the Diocese of Youngstown.  Bishop Murry has bestowed upon Father the title of Rector Emeritus (a person retired from professional life but permitted to retain as an honorary title the rank of the last position/office held). 

Bishop Murry will be appointing a successor very, very soon.  

We will host a retirement reception for Father Klingler on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Noon.  Ruth Bazzoli is coordinating the reception, and she will be in the back of the Basilica after each Mass this weekend with sign-up sheets for the reception.  You can also reach out to her by calling: 330-454-8044 x 404.  Reservations are required.

Father Klingler enjoys visits and opportunities to go out to dinner.  You may contact him using the following information:

Very Reverend Ronald M. Klingler

Sanctuary Grand

850 Applegrove St. NE  Apt 321

North Canton, OH  44720

New Rector Named at the Basilica

Reverend John E. Sheridan

We welcome Fr. John Sheridan as our new pastor and the second Rector of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist! Fr. Sheridan is also the newly appointed Pastor of St. Peter Church, our collaborative parish. Growing up in Boardman, Ohio, the third son of four children to Tom and Tricia Sheridan, Father Sheridan went to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, where he also attended grade school. Father then went to Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown. During high school, he felt that God was calling him to serve the Church as a priest.  After graduation, Father Sheridan began seminary studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Literature.  Upon completion of four years of college seminary, Bishop Tobin, then-Bishop of Youngstown, sent him to study in Rome at the Pontifical North American College.  During his five years of studies in Rome, Fr. Sheridan obtained a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a License of Sacred Theology in Liturgical Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

During the process of formation to the priesthood, Father Sheridan was involved in many different ministries at nursing homes, schools, and parishes.  Before ordination to the diaconate on July 18, 2009, Fr. Sheridan served a pastoral year at St. James Parish in Warren, Ohio, where he was also able to teach for part of the year at John F. Kennedy High School.  After Ordination to the Priesthood on July 17, 2010, Fr. Sheridan returned to Rome to finish his degree.  Thereafter, he was assigned to serve as the Parochial Vicar at St. Peter Parish in Canton, Ohio and part-time Priest Chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Canton as well.  During his two years of ministry there, Fr. Sheridan also taught part time as an adjunct lecturer at Walsh University.  Fr. Sheridan was then appointed to be pastor of St. Joseph Calasanctius Parish and St. Andrew Bobola Parish in Ashtabula County, effective July 1, 2013.  From 2014 until 2017, he also served as the Associate Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Youngstown and as a member of the Board of Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County.  In the summer of 2017, after four years of ministry at those parishes, Fr. Sheridan was asked to serve as the Rector of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist and Pastor of St. Peter Church both in Downtown Canton.

Father Sheridan also serves as a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Review Board, and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.  

Last Updated:  July 30, 2017