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Week of September 26, 2005
Director of religious education
Archdiocese invests in educating flock
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
The Edmonton Archdiocese has a new associate director of religious education. He is Mark Early, a 28-year-old father of two with a passion for religious education and catechetics. He began work Sept. 20.
Early is currently learning the nuts and bolts of his new position, which falls under the department of pastoral services of the Edmonton Archdiocese.
"I'm very excited about helping to serve the religious education endeavours that are going on in the archdiocese," he said during his second day on the job.
"Right now we are in the mode of getting feedback and assessing what's going on in the diocese to see how we can respond and meet those needs."
A committee has already been established to assess the religious education needs of the archdiocese.
The Adult Learning Commission has been dormant in the last year and a half.
But Archbishop Thomas Collins has launched a study of the adult education needs of the archdiocese involving consultation with various sectors of the local Church.
Early moved to Edmonton from Nevada in 1999 to study at the University of Alberta and graduated with a degree in elementary education in 2000. The same year he married his wife Karen, a native Edmontonian. The couple has two daughters: Maria, 3, and Isabel, 16 months.
While at the University of Alberta, Early was involved extensively in university campus ministry, interdenominational campus ministry and the Newman Centre at St. Joseph's College.
Over the years, he has also participated in adult faith formation groups, teaching and curriculum creation, and other catechetical endeavours.
In late 2002 Early moved to Ohio to pursue further religious studies and graduated in the summer of 2005 from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a master's degree in theology and Christian ministry and specialization in catechetics.
"I'm very excited about what is already going on in the Edmonton Archdiocese and to continue the successes already achieved and serve those involved in catechetics and religious education," he said.