Bishop Cistone Creates New Position to Advance Evangelization Efforts across Diocese
SAGINAW — In an ongoing effort to strengthen the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ across the Diocese of Saginaw, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has appointed Audrey Wilson as the Associate Director of the Center for Ministry and Ambassador of Evangelization for the diocese. Wilson formerly served as the Pastoral Associate of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Saginaw. She will begin her new role on June 18.
“I believe the first priority of the Diocese is evangelization,” Bishop Cistone said. “St. Paul tells us
in his Second Letter to the Corinthians that we are all called to be ‘ambassadors for Christ.’ This new position highlights our universal call to Christ-centered outreach, strengthening efforts on a diocesan level, while also supporting the work of evangelization in our parishes. I am confident that Audrey’s extensive background and skills, along with her dynamic presence, will help us accomplish the essential works of the Diocese.”
As Associate Director of the Center for Ministry and Ambassador of Evangelization, Wilson will report to the Director of the Center for Ministry, Dr. Dan Osborn, and collaborate closely in providing faith offerings to the people of the diocese. Additionally, she will serve as coordinator of the diocesan Lay Ministry Program, a position formerly held by Joan LaPointe who is transitioning to the diocesan finance office. Immediately upon her arrival, however, Wilson will be actively involved in preparations for the upcoming diocesan youth event, MYE FAITH, to be held Saturday, August 10, on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. The first-time event featuring national speakers and a concert with Grammy-nominated Catholic recording artist, Matt Maher, is the diocese’s signature evangelization event of the year.
“I am thrilled to be returning to Saginaw at such an exciting time in its history,” Wilson said. “I am anticipating with great hope and courage the experiences and challenges this new position within the Diocese brings as we embark together with our Shepherd, Bishop Cistone, in bringing a New Evangelization to life in this great Diocese of Saginaw.
Wilson has close to a decade of experience in parish ministry, most recently serving as director of Parish Services at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Community in Fairless Hill, PA. In addition to parish ministry, Wilson served as a Catholic school teacher for 18 years. Wilson earned a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA., and a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from nearby Holy Family University.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
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