Anne Jamieson Named to Vatican’s International Council for Catechesis
St. Jerome’s University (SJU) is pleased to congratulate Anne Jamieson, D. Min for her recent appointment as a Canadian representative on the Vatican’s International Council for Catechesis. In May, Pope Francis established the formal lay ministry of catechist. Jamieson, a member of SJU’s Board of Governors, is one of four women on the council, advising on the ways that the Catholic faith can be shared with the world.
Jamieson received her Doctor of Ministry from Toronto’s University of St. Michael’s College and has been executive director of the Institute for Catholic Education in Ontario (ICE) for the last year. The ICE brings together Ontario’s bishops, teachers, trustees, principals and parents to safeguard and promote Catholic schools. She is a teacher, an author, and also a graduate of St. Jerome’s Master of Catholic Thought program, and a valued member of the University’s Board of Governors.
The Catholic Register newspaper, published by the Archdiocese of Toronto, reported that the job of the catechist in Canada begins with confronting the hard reality of the Church’s role in residential schools. It cited Jamieson as being hopeful that she can bring to bear the experience of a Church in need of reconciliation, and not to be afraid of the truth of its history.
“Reconciliation, especially with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, is not just an important historical or secular idea,” Jamieson noted. “We have a sacramental idea of reconciliation — that this is how the Lord calls us back and asks us to be unafraid to say how we have failed.”
SJU’s President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan shared that “Anne is a strong supporter of Pope Francis’s emphasis on the importance of creating opportunities for “engagement and encounter”, and I know that she will bring to the Council for Catechesis her contagious enthusiasm for the Gospel and the evangelization of people.”