These "Effective Pastoring Workshops" engage the ongoing formation needs of priests in the first years of their ministry.

The Associate Pastor

This workshop helps newly ordained priests make a seamless transition into parish ministry, addressing the practical tasks and challenges, spiritual concerns, identity and accountability issues inherent within this transition.

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The Newly Appointed Pastor

This workshop addresses the duties of pastoring through three munera of teaching, sanctifying and governing. The sessions cover a range of topics faced by first-time pastors: canonical, legal and personnel issues; parish administration; finances and budgeting; authority and credibility; communication; organization; management and leadership.

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  • "I got insights from the different presenters in regards to pastoral ministry in the parish. I am now aware of things that can be done effectively in the parish and in the life of a priest. This workshop has given me a new perspective and a new motivation to work on different aspects of parish ministry. Now I can go back to the parish with this question: what would I do differently?"
  • "Very necessary, informative and educational - especially for international priests."
  • "It was very timely given some of the issues that I am currently dealing with in my parish."
  • "I realized how little I really know about civil law and requirements and safeguards for parishes. I learned quite a lot."
  • "I left this session with a realization of how much homework I have to do! I now know the questions to ask my diocese. This session was very timely as our parish begins its annual budget process."
  • "Gave examples from parish experience that we could immediately relate to. Very basic, making no presumptions that we already knew certain concepts - which was good! Very thorough, covering many areas of the topic. Gave helpful definitions, tips and guides."
  • "Helpful overview that left me with categories to investigate in internal control, promoting stewardship and effectively using our advisory councils."