The Archbishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Vicar for the Parish of Holy Cross, Vancouver, BC. This is a half-time, permanent position. The Parish is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples.
Situated in a neighbourhood burgeoning with coffee shops and trendy eateries, Holy Cross is well-poised to engage with a multi-cultural community of young people and families. As it seeks to grow and re-vitalize Holy Cross needs a priest with an entrepreneurial spirit to interact with the wider parish population.
The profile text begins with the statement: “We are devoted to our relationship with God, receiving the Eucharist every Sunday and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to newcomers.” It goes on to underline the congregation’s Japanese Canadian heritage as a central component of who they are. From this is derived an understanding of the negative impacts of racism and the importance of forgiveness. As part of their mission the profile states: “We continue to support and nurture the younger generation of Holy Cross families, identifying their cultural values and needs, and developing their Christian faith with Holy Cross.”
Three goals are identified:
- New Energy — bring new life to the church, revitalizing the congregation, restructure Holy Cross to serve and support diversity and new initiatives driving the future identity of Holy Cross…engaging new members…
- Serve and Care — serve the congregation and others….give Holy Cross meaning and relevance in daily life…provide direct pastoral care…
- Worship — learning and meditatation… Bible study classes accessible by everyone.
Identified strengths include welcoming and supporting Japanese speaking people and non-Japanese interested in Japanese culture. It is a community which enjoys sharing stories of faith and working together in support of the parish.
A challenge is that they are few in number which limits what they are able to accomplish and their ability to achieve their goals. Japanese speakers tend only to be temporary visitors. Language can also inhibit internal communication between parishioners requiring translations and interpretation.
The Church currently uses both English and Japanese in the liturgy with parishioners encouraged to sing the hymns in their own language. Sharing food on Sundays and other gatherings of the community is a valued part of the fellowship.
They seek a priest who:
- Communicates (speaks and writes) effectively in English
- Possesses excellent listening and communication skills
- Preaches with a clear scriptural message
- Assista individuals to grow in faith
- Will help them to reach their goals
It would be ‘a great asset’ if the priest could speak and write in Japanese but it is not required. A willingness to learn conversational Japanese would be helpful.
The profile’s appendices include, parochial statistics for 2013-2017, an overview of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, neighbouring populations by ethnic/language demographic and financial documents for 2017, actual/2018 budget and a five-year projected budget.
The complete Parish Profile and the required Diocesan application form are available for downloading below. Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Please email your cover letter, application and, if you are not from the Diocese of New Westminster, a letter from your bishop, indicating you are ‘a priest in good standing’ to [email protected]
For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office by email or call at 604-684-6306, ext. 228.