Archdiocesan Pastoral Services


The mission of the Diocesan Pastoral Services is to provide service in response to
the needs of the people of God in the Archdiocese of Regina.


  • To foster an atmosphere of hospitality, friendliness and concern
  • To promote a response to the Call to Pastoral Action
  • To work in collaboration with other staff persons in the service of the parishes
  • To ensure that programming is brought to areas outside the city of Regina
  • To assess our service in light of the ongoing and changing pastoral needs of the Archdiocese


To assist the Archbishop of Regina in carrying out his pastoral responsibilities by initiating, integrating,
coordinating and managing pastoral programs for which the diocese is responsible.

To collaborate with the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and its committees in carrying out their mandate. 

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Lay Ministry Commissioning

Last updated on July 6, 2018

By Frank Flegel

Rod Degenstein is one of the five Lay Ministry candidates who was commissioned at a special celebrationheld June 23 at Little Flower Church. He said the program changed him. “We have such a big wonderful Church and there are so many things that I still don’t know about it. I don’t want to stop learning. I realize I am such a small part of such a large creation, yet I know how much God loves me as an individual.”

Archbishop Donald Bolen began his remarks to the Lay Ministry graduates by calling the occasion “a day of great joy.” He thanked the graduates for taking the program, and all those who supported them, and those who taught them. The commissioning of these five candidates was a little more personal for Archbishop Bolen as one of his sisters, Judith Corkery of Holy Family Parish, is among the graduates.

Referring to the readings chosen for the mass, Bolen talked about the gifts, gifts given to Jesus’disciples by the Holy Spirit. “You have...

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Rama, Village of 3 Saints

Last updated on April 10, 2018

By Frank Flegel

RAMA..….This tiny village of 75 souls† could become known as the Village of the Three Saints. Thanks to the generosity of two local families and the efforts of St. Anthony’s Parish Council, statues of Saints Gianna Beretta Molla, Pope John Paul II, and Mother Theresa, stand in a group beside the church. With the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes on the west side of the church and the three saints on the east, the church is bracketed by awe inspiring symbols of the faith commitment of Rama’s population.

Rama was settled by Polish immigrants in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It is located in east central Saskatchewan in the parkland area of the province about an hour’s drive northwest of Yorkton.  Soon after the first settlers arrived they began building signs of their faith, a church, then a grotto made of stones gathered from the surrounding fields. The grotto was completed in 1941 and since then an annual pilgrimage has been held on August 14 and 15 - the...

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First Ever Ecumenical Staff Retreat

Last updated on September 19, 2017

by Frank Flegel

The fall colors of the Moose Jaw River Valley below the Wood Acres Retreat Centre highlighted the Centre as a fit setting for the first ever ecumenical retreat that brought together staff from the Regina Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle.

The idea for the retreat came out of a discussion between two bishops, Archbishop Donald Bolen of the Regina Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Anglican Qu’Appelle Diocese Bishop Robert Hardwick about more things they could do together. Both said staff in their offices have similar ministries and the discussion centered on what could be done together. Out of that came the suggestion for the joint retreat.

The retreat was organized with staff from both diocese, Archdeacon Catherine Harper from the Qu’Appelle Diocese and Susan Klein from the Regina Archdiocese. Archdeacon Catherine Harper led the retreat with its titled two themes: Renovation of the Heart and Rule of Life.


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The Big Dream... "bring back my flock!"

Last updated on January 18, 2016

This will be my first attempt at writing for the Archdiocese of Regina.  I have served as the Director of Pastoral Services for a little over a year.   November 12, 2015 marked my first anniversary of employment with the Diocese.

Those who know my past careers know that I at times I can be impatient with waiting for things to change or to happen.  When I was hired, Archbishop Bohan used the metaphor of “growing grass that is well rooted” to describe the work we needed to do in Pastoral Services.  Little did I know that it would take almost a full year to understand the power of his metaphor!  As a church we are challenged to seek ways to rekindle the faith of all who seek the Lord.  All of us are invited to live and practice our faith.  The metaphor of growing grass that is deeply rooted is very appropriate for the challenges we face today and into the future.

We have taken the time as a Pastoral Team to review, reflect, discern, pray and plan how we work with our...

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Compassionate Healer's Mass

Last updated on November 21, 2018

Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan doesn’t differentiate between the sick and healthy whenever he is called to administer the Sacrament of the Sick to a group. “I used to emphasize that the Sacrament is for the sick, whose sickness is interfering with their lives,” said the Archbishop in his homily at the September, 9, annual Compassionate Healers Mass held at Holy Child Church. “I don’t do that anymore because I found that the healthy would come forward too. It is evident of how much we all seek healing in our lives.”

The Archbishop continued that sickness and death are part of everyone’s life but God gives us hope, said Bohan.  “In our ministry we bring the same message. Life without God gives us what sickness gives us.” He lamented that some young people have been seduced by modern, secular society and believe that life on earth is heaven. He talked about the beauty of the earth, but it is not heaven, he said; heaven is what is waiting for us at the end of life. “As we visit...

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It took Regina Archdiocese Director of Pastoral Services Bob Kowalchuk just seven months after his appointment to develop a system to move the Pastoral Plan forward. “It’s really a solid plan,” said Kowalchuk referring to the Pastoral Plan in a conversation with the PM, “It is a great idea but there was no way to actually carry the plan forward.”  

Shortly after his appointment, Archbishop Daniel Bohan asked Kowalchuk to look into Pope Francis’ Encyclical, the Joy of the Gospel, and see how it can be applied to the Pastoral Plan in the Regina Archdiocese.

Kowalchuk said what the Pope was really looking at was the mission side of the church that calls for mission and evangelization. Over several meetings with Archdiocesan staff a seven part action plan was developed based for the most part on Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel: Encourage the faithful to be rooted in prayer and family; re-building and improving relationships with parishes, priests and...

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