Diocese of Saskatoon

Our Faith in Action - New Areas of Support

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen identifies new areas for support in this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal

When Bishop James Mahoney first initiated the Bishop’s Annual Appeal more than 30 years ago, it was envisioned as a way to strengthen ministry and outreach in the diocese of Saskatoon. That is also the goal for Saskatoon’s eighth and newest bishop, Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen.

Welcomed and installed as our bishop at a joyful celebration Nov. 23, 2017, Bishop Hagemoen has been getting to know the diocese, meeting and consulting with leaders, partners and the laity, examining policies and procedures, and determining priorities. In launching his first Bishop’s Annual Appeal, the theme “Our Faith in Action” has resonated for our new bishop.

“The Diocese of Saskatoon exhibits many ways in which people hold their faith dear and express it...as they share faith, as they care for the needy, and as they look at ways in which to make the world a better place according to the image and likeness of God.”

Bishop Hagemoen stresses the vital importance of supporting and strengthening ministries that have long been funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, such as catechesis, sacramental preparation and faith formation for all ages, vocation promotion and leadership development — as well as healing and reconciliation initiatives. 

For parishes in the Humboldt deanery, a BAA-linked initiative in support of the St. Peter’s College capital campaign will also continue this year.      

In addition, the bishop has identified new areas for support this year — all related to stewardship.       

Two new capital funds are being established, to be supported by donations to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. 

The first fund will provide for the future construction of new church buildings, and the second will assist in caring for and restoring existing church buildings, particularly in rural areas. 

Support for the Church in the North is another new area now included in the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

“A number of years ago our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asked the churches of southern Canada to extend needed support to our northern dioceses – where great difficulty is encountered with limited resources,” Bishop Hagemoen explains. 

“We will extend financial support and pastoral support to our sisters and brothers in the Catholic Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, as they deal with the challenges of proclaiming and living the gospel in the vast region of northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.”

Bishop Mark Hagemoen: Installation Nov. 23, 2017

 “Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support of the Bishop’s Appeal. It is truly needed in our diocese, and as your bishop I wish to thank you very much for your generosity and your support and your faith.” - Bishop Mark Hagemeon