By Sr. Marta Piano, Project Timothy
“How beautiful…are the feet of one who brings good news, who heralds peace, brings happiness, proclaims salvation, and tells Zion, ‘Your God is king!’” – Isaiah 52.7
We have happily finished our second year of Project Timothy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, and we are already witnessing the beauty of the young adults exercising their leadership as missionary disciples.
After a long year, filled with gifts, and blessed by the presence and mission of each participant, those who have completed the 2022-23 diocesan Project Timothy program are: Christianne Bentler, Hannah Berry, Ally Bitz, Stalin D. Cunha, Jenna Daly, Johnny Dueck, Ogoo Eneze, Henry Francisco, Maria Gursky, Erina Horn, Brennan Kowalski, An Smith, Arnel Vicente, and Jon Zimmer.
During the first part of the 2022-23 program, through the Called and Gifted Program from the Catherine of Siena Institute, Project Timothy participants focused on charisms, working and sharing their personal growth and exploring more deeply their gifts to serve in different fields of mission.
The second part of the pastoral year, through personal discernment, Project Timothy participants explored tools of leadership and fine-tuned expectations, desires, capacities, and possibilities for mission throughout the diocese and beyond.
It`s amazing how God is at work through our lives, when we open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit and commit to what has been entrusted to us: leading each one way further and deeper than we may have expected when we started the year.
Among the Project Timothy young adults, two have already taken training to lead the Called and Gifted Program and can now help others in their process of discerning their gifts.
As well, three of this year’s participants are leaders of the diocesan group that is going to World Youth Day (WYD) 2023 in Portugal this summer, in addition to being involved in other leadership roles, and two others are actively involved as WYD participants.
Other Project Timothy participants are also exercising their gifts within their circles of friendships and as teachers in their work environments.
Definitely, how good “are the feet” of the ones that bring good news to the diocese of Saskatoon, throughout their lives and engage so that others as well can bring good news through their lives!
We have a heart full of gratitude for the help and support received from gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, which supports youth and young adult ministry in the diocese. Thank you to all donors for being fully part of Project Timothy by contributing to the leadership development of young adults, who are now reaching out to their peers and youth in the Diocese of Saskatoon.
Launched in 2021 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Project Timothy is a mentorship and formation program for young adults, supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and coordinated by diocesan Evangelization and Mission Leader John Hickey and Sr. Marta Piano of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. Recruitment is now underway for the 2023-24 program. For more information email John Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (306) 659-5847.