I am very happy to announce the appointment of Mrs. Jean Jacksen as the new Coordinator of Religious Education here at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish. Below you will find the official statement that I published in last weekend’s bulletin to all of our parishioners regarding this important information.
Mrs. Jacksen’s appointment brings to a close a consultative “search” process of several weeks during which time the members of the Search Committee and I kept in mind the needs of our program at this time and for the future. Our meetings were conducted with prayer and thoughtfulness and we all feel that Mrs. Jacksen is the best person for this position in our parish at this time.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF MRS. JEAN JACKSEN AS COORDINATOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AT SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA PARISH WEST HARRISON, NEW YORK
Over the past several weeks we have been carefully interviewing candidates for the position of Coordinator of Religious Education here at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish. And, we have been praying daily that the Holy Spirit would lead the right person to our parish as Coordinator. I am happy to report to you that we have selected a new Coordinator of Religious Education – Mrs. Jean Jacksen. For the past 3 years she has been Assistant Coordinator of Religious Education at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Valhalla. Prior to her position as Assistant Coordinator she was a Catechist at Holy Name for 6 years. Jean is also the proud mother of a 14 year old son.
Mrs. Jacksen will take over officially as Coordinator on July 25th. For the next few weeks Jean will be “in and out” of the Religious Education Office here at Saint Anthony’s handling some preliminary preparations. In the next couple of weeks all of our religious education families and catechists should expect to receive a personal letter from Jean and I invite ALL parishioners to come and meet Mrs. Jacksen on the weekend of July 9th and 10th. Jean will speak at all Masses on that weekend and she will be available after Mass to greet and speak with everyone.
Jean was highly recommended by the Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of New York. And, she comes to us with a vast wealth of experience, a great deal of personal enthusiasm and with many innovative and creative ideas. I am sure that she will be a very welcomed addition to our pastoral team here at Saint Anthony’s and I thank her for accepting this new responsibility and for all that, I know, she is going to do for our Religious Education Program in the years to come.
I thank the members of our Search Committee who have dedicated so much time and effort in the selection process over the last several weeks. We were fortunate to have many enthusiastic and qualified candidates who applied for this position. Unfortunately, we are only able to hire one Coordinator and the members of the Search Committee and I feel that Mrs. Jean Jacksen is the best person for our Religious Education Program at this time. I hope you will join me in welcoming Mrs. Jacksen and let us give her our total support and confidence as she begins her ministry among us!
Father Christopher Monturo