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Dr. Margaret Turek to lead Department of Evangelization and Catechesis

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Dr. Margaret Turek to lead Department of Evangelization and Catechesis

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made the following announcement to diocesan staff and priests on Tuesday, May 6:


To Diocesan Staff and Presbyterate,

After extensive consultation, including interviews with five senior pastors of the Diocese, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Margaret M. Turek, STD to lead the Diocese of Oakland's response to the pastoral needs of our Parishes and Diocese in the areas of faith formation and evangelization.

Dr. Turek is uniquely qualified to help our Diocese implement Pope Francis' vision for Evangelization: "Being Church means being God's people, in accordance with the great plan of his fatherly love. This means that we are to be God's leaven in the midst of humanity. It means proclaiming and bringing God's salvation into our world, which often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, given hope and strengthened on the way."

I have asked Dr. Turek to envision, plan and organize our efforts to bring more people to Christ and Christ to more people, both inside and outside the Church. She plans to hold listening sessions and consultations throughout the Diocese. She will also broadly survey the wider Church for emerging initiatives and pastoral programs and practices that might be useful within our Diocese.  The DEC department will continue its current work during this time of transition.

Dr. Turek earned her STD at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, her MA from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, and her BA in Theology and English at the University of San Francisco. She has taught  at St. Patrick's Seminary as Associate Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology since 2001 and will join us on July 1. She will be a member of the Bishop's Administrative Council (BAC.)

I look forward to discussing these changes and my plans with the Priests of the Diocese at our meeting on May 23. The Catholic Voice will also have a full story and profile in their upcoming issue.

Dr. Turek knows the situation of our local Church very well, having lived here for so many years.  She has taught all the young priests ordained in Oakland for the last thirteen years. We are so fortunate to have her joining our pastoral team in the Diocese of Oakland. Please join me in welcoming her.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J.