The Regina Archdiocese is in good financial shape according to financial officer Reverend Mr. Barry Wood and the Archdiocese is developing plans to build its own pastoral centre. These were two main issues reported at the June 16th Archdiocese Annual General Meeting held at Our Lady of Peace Church.
The financial picture and reports from pastoral services and the various ministries are available to the public in the annual report which has been distributed to all parishes and is also available on the Archdiocesan web site.
The Youth Ministry coordinators Michelle Braden and her assistant Braden Kuntz gave a brief report, describing one “journey with a young person” as an example of their support with parish youth groups.
Dr. Brett Salkeld spoke briefly about the permanent diaconate program and the nine candidates who were ordained the evening previous at Holy Rosary Cathedral.
Salkeld said the new deacons are prepared for ministry, “and will have a dramatic impact in the parishes to which they have been assigned.”
Salkeld said he is working with the Saskatoon Diocese concerning their interest in establishing a permanent diaconate program.
New Deacon Lamont Dyck described his formation journey noting he had a lot of love and support. He asked the parish representatives at the meeting “to put us to work.” Deacon Dyck is assigned to St. Joseph Parish, Moose Jaw.
The Pastoral Centre and Archdiocese offices are currently located in the former St. Anne School. The Catholic School Board has increased the rent in the last few years to such a point that now the capital and operating costs of an efficiently designed building are comparable.
The Archdiocese has begun the design development process for a facility on Holy Rosary Cathedral property. Stantec of Regina is contracted to provide initial architectural services and a major capital-fund-raising campaign study is expected to begin in the fall of 2018 with a capital fund-raising campaign to begin in early 2019.
Locating the Pastoral Offices of the diocese on Cathedral grounds will bring the diocese together with its main church. “The Cathedral also has a parish hall and several meeting rooms that we can use very efficiently and therefore require less space in the new Pastoral Centre,” said Financial Officer Wood.
The year ended with a deficit of $148,000 on revenues of $3.5 million, said Wood. “We aim for a break-even each year but there are always unexpected expenses. The financial committee looks at deficits over the longer term, five and 10 years and it usually evens out to a break-even.” A $1.4 million unrestricted reserve fund is available when needed. There are also restricted reserve funds; the interest from these funds is available for some ministries and pastoral services.
Archbishop Donald Bolen initiated the public AGM meetings last year in order to make all Archdiocesan activities more transparent. In his opening remarks, Archbishop Bolen said last year he had met with all priests and other groups including pastoral council chairs. “It’s been a frenetic year. We had many blessings and the Spirit is at work in our diocese.”