Deacon Paul Richardson, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at the age of 87. Deacon Paul was ordained with the very first ordination class in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, on September 25, 1976. He was assigned to St. Paul Catholic Church, Yellow Springs, upon his ordination and served there ever since. In June, 2004, he was also assigned to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in South Charleston. He has served the Archdiocese as a permanent deacon for forty-five years.
Deacon Paul served for 10 years as President of the National Association of Black Catholic Deacons and in 2005 was recognized with the Fr. Joseph Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, he was among 6 Black Catholics honored for service to the Archdiocese with the prestigious Ministerial Award from Archbishop Schnurr.
Deacon Paul leaves his wife, Juanita, to whom he had been married for 65 years. Also surviving him are his daughters Natasha and Tonia, two grandsons, two brothers, three sisters and many nieces and nephews.