Lead, Parish Formation/Mission Leadership – The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton

20 October 2023

Appears in: Career Opportunity

We seek a faith-filled and energetic individual to serve as the Parish Formation Lead who will advance the mission of the Church by working closely with pastors in their ministry to create a community of disciples united in Christ.

As an integral part of the Mission Leadership team, the incumbent provides guidance on parish-based formation programs and sacramental preparation, helping pastors and parish ministers to support the ministry of families, young adults, and youth.

Key results include:

  • Update/best practices/development
  • Resource person
  • Consistency in sacramental preparation across the Archdiocese
  • Reviewed and updated sacramental standards
  • Guiding, supporting, and trouble-shooting parish-based mission formation strategies, programs, and experiences
  • Communicating sacramental standards and guiding their use
  • Responding to questions about sacramental preparation
  • Responsive and flexible to help meet demands of stakeholders
  • Providing expertise, helping to identify and resolve issues and lead planning initiatives
  • Fostering trusting, collaborative relationships with stakeholders


  • Graduate degree in religious education, theology, or divinity
  • Demonstrated experience supporting the planning, implementation, and evaluation of parish-based mission formation experiences and programs
  • Deep understanding of, and ability to guide, sacramental preparation
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate trusting, sustainable relationships, particularly with clergy
  • Excellent critical thinking, judgement, and discernment competencies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to bring colleagues together to achieve a shared goal
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Experience teaching or training adults and youth
  • Technical proficiency with MS office suite.


  • Competitive benefits include a comprehensive sick leave program
  • Matched Retirement Savings Plan up to 6% of earnings
  • Opportunities for employee development

Conditions of Employment:

  • Compliance with all qualifications for ecclesiastical office stated in the Code of Canon Law;
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the mission of the Catholic Church;
  • Satisfactory background check and training in compliance with the Safe Environment Policy and Procedures and related Archdiocesan requirements;
  • Compliance with all relevant Archdiocesan policies;
  • Occasional travel may be required; and
  • Evening/Weekend work may be required.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a resume quoting the job title “Parish Formation Lead” in the subject line to HRPastoral@caedm.ca

We thank all those who apply; however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.