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Edmonton Catholic Schools

Religious Services

Edmonton Catholic Schools has two roles which serve to provide theological leadership to the District. We have two priests, one from the Archdiocese of Edmonton and one from the Ukrainian Eparchy who serves as our District Chaplains, as well as a Religious Education Consultant (Theological) who liaises with our many partners in Catholic education.

The Role of Our District Chaplains

The District Chaplains shall in alignment with the Archdiocese and Ukrainian Eparchy focus on the priorities of evangelization, faith formation, vocations, District goals and priorities, and provide spiritual guidance to students and staff.  Their primary focus is to:

  • Provide clarity, guidance and direction in the understanding, articulation and appreciation of our Catholic identity
  • Provide a theological perspective on policies as requested on ad hoc basis, in order to provide a cohesive and consistent adherence to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • Reach out to youth to provide guidance and support through community building activities such as retreats, rallies and social justice initiatives to evangelize, to foster faith formation and to encourage vocations.
  • Nurture the permeation of faith throughout the life of the District.
  • Foster faith formation in staff and support District-wide faith development activities and site-based faith development initiatives.
  • Be a spiritual guide to Edmonton Catholic Schools' Catholic Educational Leadership.

The Role of our Religious Education (Theological) Consultant

Our part-time Religious Education Consultant (Theological) will liaise with Newman Theological College and programs offered to administrators and staff (.4 FTE). The primary focus of this consultant includes:

  • Liaising with Newman Theological College and the programs it offers
  • Liaising with the District, the Edmonton Catholic Archdiocese, Community Organizations, as well as Out-Of-District Committees relative to the responsibilities of the position
  • Providing assistance and support for celebrations, prayer services and days of reflection for staff and students
  • Encouraging active participation in courses and workshops offered through Newman Theological College, St. Joseph's College, the Archdiocese of Edmonton as well as other Archdiocesan Organizations and Agencies
  • Participating in Staff Development initiatives
  • Assisting with District events such as the Opening School Celebration and Faith Development Day
  • Overseeing Religious Education course equivalency for ECS staff
  • Supporting the parish-home-school partnership
  • Collaborating with other District Consultants in support of District priorities

Department Contacts

Father Glenn McDonald
Father Julian Bilyj P 780 668-1127
Sandra Talarico
Religious Education(Theological) Consultant
F 780 425-7429
P 780 441-6145