By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News
Pastors, Parish Life Directors, ministry leaders and parish representatives from across the diocese recently gathered with Bishop Mark Hagemoen Sept, 20 at St. Anne Parish in Saskatoon to launch another ministry year.
The annual diocesan Administration Day opened with celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a presentations that included introducing new clergy who have recently arrived in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, as well as new lay staff at parishes across the diocese and at the Catholic Pastoral Centre.
This year’s annual diocesan Administration Day included the launch of a new three-year Pastoral Plan focused on the mission “Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom Today” with six priorities identified for particular focus: drawing people into a deepening intimacy with Jesus Christ; focusing on Sunday celebrations (“Make Every Sunday Matter”); discerning God’s call to each person to share in the mission and life of the Lord (“Embrace Your Priesthood”); building and supporting family and community; promoting healing (growth, service, ongoing conversion); and “Moving from Maintenance to Mission” through sound financial and administrative practices.
More details at: Mission and Goals
MC for the day was Marilyn Jackson, the newly-named Director of Ministry Services for the diocese. Jackson’s new role, and that of Director of Operations Theresa Campbell were described during another Administration Day session.
Tasks previously part of a single position have been split, expanded and redefined with their appointments this summer, the two directors explained.
As Director of Ministry Services, Jackson continues to oversee Evangelization and Catechesis in the diocese (a role she previously filled in the diocese), as well as the offices of Restorative (Prison) Ministry, Hospital Chaplaincy, Youth Ministry, Adult Faith Enrichment (previously known as Lay Formation), Justice and Peace, and the JOY (Justice and Outreach) Program. She also provides connections for family and life services and ministry partners in the diocese.
As Director of Operations, Campbell oversees the offices of Communications and Migration (Refugee Sponsorship) and the Msgr. Michael J. Koch Resource Library, as well as coordinating the work of administrative staff that includes the Executive Assistant to the Curia, an administrative assistant, and the receptionist at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Campbell also serves as the Diocesan Coordinator of Care (who implements diocesan safeguarding policies and training), as well as providing oversight of policy, technology (IT) and web services in the diocese, and facilities management for the Catholic Pastoral Centre.
Administration Day also included a presentation on navigating conflict styles by Human Resources Manager Patrick Clarke, an introduction to the Development and Peace/Caritas Canada Fall Action Campaign on “care for our common home” with a focus on the Amazon, and an update on revisions to the diocese’s Covenant of Care safeguarding policies.
Financial administrator Tanya Clarke presented information about “The Finance Five” in the form of a game show played by St. Augustine, Saskatoon Pastor Fr. Kevin McGee, Parish Life Director Brigid Fuller, and Parish Pastoral Council Chair Celeste Woloschuk on the topics of clergy moves, insurance, clergy benefits, charities and politics, and charity law and best practices.
Bishop Mark Hagemoen and Theresa Campbell reviewed the most recent updates to the safeguarding and safe environment policies in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, highlighting the most recent changes, and plans for future training.
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Administration Day also included updates from Dr. Jan Bigland-Pritchard, who is the new diocesan coordinator of the diocesan Office of Migration (refugee sponsorship); as well as from Jennifer and Blair Carruthers, coordinators of the Adult Faith Enrichment Program (previously known as Lay Formation); and from Vocations Director Fr. Daniel Yasinski and Director of Seminarians Fr. Colin Roy.