Vicar - St Catherine, Capilano

Vicar - St Catherine, Capilano

North Vancouver, BC

The Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Vicar for the Parish of St Catherine, Capilano in the City of North Vancouver, BC.  The Parish is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. This position is ¾  time and without term. A rectory is available.  

‘[We are]…looking for a leader to work collaboratively with us to develop a ministry plan and grow our parish’ is the summary Want Ad from St Catherine’s parish profile.  During an interim period the Parish has spent considerable time and energy in prayer and discernment, and in facilitated listening and discussion.  They recognize the challenges of a core leadership that are over seventy years of age and long-time members.  They also have the optimism that comes with welcoming new people and they are looking for a collaborative priest who will assist them in continuing to do so.

Some of the gifts and skill they want in their vicar include:

·         Mission-focused leader

·         Strong preacher, theologically open and progressive

·         Facilitate development of Christian formation opportunities

·         Leadership skills in major changes to facilities

·         Respects, empowers and works collaboratively with lay leaders, volunteers, paid staff

·         Skilled and experienced in administration and finance

There are two Sunday liturgies from the Book of Alternative Services – an 8 am said Eucharist and a visiting choirs from near and far because of its acoustical qualities. 10am choral Eucharist with volunteer choir.  A Sunday School is provided for children at the 10 am Eucharist.  On Wednesday at 10am a mid-week Eucharist is offered. The church is well used by visiting choirs from near and far because of its acoustical qualities. 

Lay leaders are a strong part of St Catherine’s and contribute not only to the ministries within the parish and neighbourhood but also to diocesan ministries and governance.  An important component is their commitment to providing pastoral support to one another.

St Catherine’s Childcare Society, an organization associated with and governed by the Parish, operates St Catherine’s Pre-school whose ‘mission is to provide sound learning experiences within a Christian framework.’  There is a commitment to making space for all children including those needing extra support.

St Catherine’s enjoys a strong association with neighbouring Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  In addition St Catherine’s partners with four other Anglican parishes and two Lutheran churches in the North Vancouver Deanery providing shared opportunities for such things as worship, faith formation and youth ministry. St Catherine’s is committed to responding to the needs of the parish, the wider-neighbourhood, the country and the world. This is done through such things as providing a Thanksgiving dinner to 150 guests, donating personal care items to a recovery house, sponsoring Christmas food hampers, giving to the Primate’s Fund, and refugee resettlement.

While finances have been a challenge; the last stewardship program saw a 117% increase in the number of pledges over prior years. Through reaching out and attracting new members, building a community and budgeting carefully, the Parish is optimistic about its future.

The complete Parish Profile and the required Diocesan application form is linked below.  Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, December 14th, 2017.  Please email your cover letter, application and, if you are not from the Diocese of New Westminster, a letter from your bishop, indicating you are ‘a priest in good standing’ to dfenton@vancouver.anglican.ca

For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office at 604-684-6306, ext. 228 or by email at bsiksay@vancouver.anglican.ca