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moderator of the curia

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schools

Moderator of the Curia

The Moderator of the Curia, under the authority of the bishop, coordinates the exercise of the administrative duties and oversees those who hold offices and minister in diocesan administration. He must be a priest and is, usually, a vicar general.

The Moderator “should see that the operation is smooth and efficient, avoiding all unnecessary complexity or bureaucracy, and always directed towards its proper supernatural end.” (Apostolorum Successores, n. 177)

The Moderator of the Curia within the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is the Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Burke VG. Monsignor Burke is the Administrator of St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh and Vicar General of the Archdiocese. A graduate of St Andrews University, he studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome and was ordained in 1991.

He has since served in parishes in West Lothian, Fife, Stirlingshire, and Edinburgh. Monsignor Burke worked in the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2005 to 2013. He has a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology. He was appointed Moderator of the Curia in 2017.

The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Burke VG

T: 0131 623 8900
F: 0131 623 8899
E: the.moderator@staned.org.uk
Elspeth Atkinson

Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer reports to the Trustees of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh and supports them in their work of running the Archdiocese, which is a registered charity in Scots law.

Under the management of the Moderator of the Curia, the Chief Operating Officer manages all the employees of the Curia, including: Finance; Communications; Property; Mount Vernon Cemetery; Safeguarding; Chancery; Sponsor Licences; and Administration for the Archbishop and the Curia.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is Dr Elspeth Atkinson, who was appointed to the post in 2017. Before joining the Archdiocese, Elspeth was the Director of Macmillan Cancer Support for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Prior to that she held several senior roles including Head of Economic Development at the City of Edinburgh Council and Head of Rural Operations at Scottish Enterprise.

Elspeth Atkinson

T: 0131 623 8957
E: Elspeth.atkinson@staned.org.uk

Chancery

The chancery is the administrative branch of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Under the guidance of the Chancellor, it handles the official documents pertaining to the ecclesiastical affairs of the Archdiocese. The chancery also serves the Archdiocese in matters of canon law, the internal law of the Church. It grants marriage dispensations and responds to inquiries about marriages, although all matters concerning annulments are handled by the Scottish Catholic Interdiocesan Tribunal. The chancery also processes applications by priests and other religious workers from outside the European Economic Area who, according to UK immigration law, require a Sponsor Licence in order to work within the Archdiocese.

The Chancellor of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is the Very Reverend Scott Deeley BSc (Hons) STB JCL. A graduate of St Andrews University, Fr Deeley studied for the priesthood at the Royal Scots College and the Pontifical University of Salamanca. He was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2004. He has since served in parishes in Stirlingshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Lothian before becoming parish priest of St Margaret’s, South Queensferry and St Mary’s, Ratho, in 2015. Fr Deeley has a Licence in Canon Law from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Chancellor of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh

The Very Reverend Scott Deeley 
BSc (Hons) STB JCL
T: 0131 623 8921 
E: chancery@staned.org.uk

Secretary to the Chancery

Mrs Kasia Faraday  
T: 0131 623 8908
E: kasia.faraday@staned.org.uk

Secretary to the Chancery

Miss Norah Macgennis
T: 0131 623 8908
E: norah.macgennis@staned.org.uk

Sponsor License Coordinator

Mrs Jacqueline Heron-Douthart
T: 0131 623 8904
E: Jacqueline.Heron@staned.org.uk

Sponsor Licence

In September 2014 the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh was granted an A rated Sponsor Licence.

When the Archdiocese wishes to employ a Minister of Religion or a Religious Worker from outside the EEA we can only do so if that worker already has unrestricted permission to work in the UK. If they do not have unrestricted permission to work in the UK, or are outside the UK, the Archdiocese must sponsor the person under the Sponsor Licence arrangement, using Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Religious Worker) visa. These are the only Tiers under which the Archdiocese can sponsor a Minister of Religion or Religious worker.

In both Tiers the Archdiocese must sponsor the Minister of Religion or Religious Worker by issuing them with a Certificate of Sponsorship before they can complete a Visa Application in their country of residence.

Tier 2 is reserved for graduate level occupations only. This category of sponsorship is available for Ministers of Religion coming to the UK to fill vacancies that cannot be filled by a resident worker and are within a bona fide religious organisation. This category includes anyone undertaking preaching and pastoral work. The Archdiocese must first conduct a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) to establish that no suitable resident workers can be found. This category is also used for missionaries or members of religious orders.

Tier 5 is for temporary Religious workers to come to the UK to work on short-term assignments, their duties may include preaching, pastoral and non-pastoral work. Religious workers seeking to come to work in the UK and a member of a religious order are employed in the same capacity as they were overseas.

More information can be found at the UKVI, UK Visas and Immigration website below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa

https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-minister-of-religion-visa

Tier 5 Religious Worker

https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-religious

Jacqueline Heron BA(Hons) MA MSc
Sponsor Licence Priest Coordinator - Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh
T: 0131 623 8904
E: Jacqueline.Heron@staned.org.uk

Priest Bank

Name of Priest Currently Residing In Summary Time Available for Supply Currently Available T.L. VISA Available
The Reverend Bitrus Wazamda Poland Currently a doctoral student of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wysznski, Warsaw, Poland 01 July 2018 to 01 October 2018
The Reverend Pascal Chiekezi Italy Studying Christian Letters and Classics at the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome 01 July 2018 to 30 September 2018
The Reverend Benedict Mayindwe Uganda Previously supplied in Motherwell Diocese 2016. Assistant parish priest, Our Lady Queen of Angels, Bukalagi, Uganda 15 October 2018 to 15 December 2018
The Reverend Ted Chigamba Italy Student at the Pontifical Institute for Studies in Islamology and Arabic (PISAI), Rome 01 August 2018 to 30 September 2018
The Reverend Theodore Iloh Poland Completing doctoral studies in Systematic Theology at Pope John Paul II University, Poland 10 September 2018 to 14 October 2018
The Reverend Anthony Aguka Belgium Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven 07 July 2018 to 01 Ocotber 2018
The Reverend Jewel McField Italy Pontificio Collegio San Pietro Apostolo, Rome 01 July 2018 to 31 August 2018
The Reverend Donatus Eze Poland Theology student at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin 03 July 2018 to 30 September 2018
The Reverend Justin Nwokeocha Italy Studying Biblical Theology in The Pontifical Urban University, Rome 01 July 2018 to 21 September 2018

Communications

The Communications Department is integral to the development and delivery of the Archdiocese’s strategic goals. In recent years, the Archdiocesan communications strategy has embraced digital as a means of proactively and directly communicating its vision and values to key target audiences, both internally and externally, and always in a way that attempts to be credible, coherent and compelling. In dealing with mainstream media, the Archdiocese strives to engage in way that is open, honest and responsive.

The Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is David Kerr. David was a television journalist with BBC News from 1997 to 2009 where he held various senior positions including Editor of Newsnight Scotland, Assistant Editor of Newsnight and Assistant Editor of Reporting Scotland. In 2010 he was recruited by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to develop and implement a successful media and public relations strategy for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland. He subsequently worked as a freelance Vatican correspondent in Rome before becoming the Executive Producer of EWTN News Nightly in Washington, DC. David began his present post in 2014. He is married with two young sons.

Director of Communications

David Kerr
T: 0131 623 9814
E: David.kerr@staned.org.uk

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Finance

The Finance Department has overall responsibility for financial administration and reporting within the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh including the publication of the annual report and accounts.

The Director of Finance for the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is Graham Scrimgeour. Graham is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University in Accountancy and Computer Science and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant. He was previously an audit and consultancy partner with Scott-Moncrieff, one of Scotland’s leading independent firms of chartered accountants and business advisers. Graham has 20 years' experience of supporting business and charity clients. He has also worked for two banks and an investment platform operator. As a volunteer, Graham has been a charity trustee and a treasurer for a charity.

Director of Finance

Mr Graham Scrimgeour
T: 0131 623 8942
E: Graham.scrimgeour@staned.org.uk

Finance Officer

Mr Richard Marzec
T: 0131 623 8936
E: Richard.marzec@staned.org.uk

Finance Administrator

Mrs Paula Grant
T: 0131 623 8910
E: Paula.grant@staned.org.uk

General Contact for Finance Department

T: 0131 623 8900
F: 0131 623 8899
E: finance@staned.org.uk

Property

The Property Department provides advice, resources, and assistance to the parishes of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh to help them maintain and enhance their churches and other buildings. It also deals with insurance claims, health and safety issues, heritage items, listed buildings, leasing, and any other property related concerns.

The Director of Property for the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is Sister Mary Pierre Jean Wilson RSM. A native of the United States, Sister Mary Pierre is a qualified civil engineer and has practiced professionally both in the US and in Lesotho, southern Africa. She joined the Religious Sisters of Mercy in 1985, serving in various parts of the United States and in Rome. She completed a Licence and a Doctorate in Canon Law; served at the Congregation for Catholic Education for the Holy See; taught at the seminary in Denver, Colorado; and was a Judge at the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Lancaster prior to her arrival in Edinburgh in 2016.

Director of Property

Sister Mary Pierre Jean Wilson RSM
T: 0131 623 8905
E: director.properties@staned.org.uk

Property Team Administrator

Mrs Irene Furlong
T: 0131 623 8912
E: Irene.furlong@staned.org.uk

Mount Vernon Cemetery

Mount Vernon Cemetery was founded by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh in 1895. Since then, almost 38,000 people have been laid to rest within it. It is still the city’s only Catholic cemetery. Elsewhere within the Archdiocese, St Mary’s parish in Haddington, East Lothian, also has a Catholic cemetery.

For many decades Mount Vernon Cemetery was the resting place of Venerable Margaret Sinclair (1900-25) until her re-interment in her home parish of St Patrick’s, Edinburgh, in 2003. Her empty tomb can still be viewed at Mount Vernon. The cemetery also contains the 130 Commonwealth War Graves and 25 Polish War Graves.

Address

Mount Vernon Cemetery
49 Mount Vernon Road
Edinburgh
EH16 6JG

Cemetery Manager

Miss Anna Kulwicka
T: 0131 623 8906
E: Anna.kulwicka@staned.org.uk 

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Safeguarding

“All components of the Catholic Church in Scotland, especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility, value the lives, wholeness, safety and well-being of each individual person within God's purpose for everyone. We seek to uphold the highest safeguarding standards in our relationships with people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. And therefore, as a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us - ordained, professed, employed and voluntary members - to work together to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm,” Our Commitment to Safeguarding, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, March 2018

The Safeguarding Advisor for the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is Angela Hughes. Angela is a graduate of Strathclyde University in Law where she also gained her postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She then worked for three decades as a lawyer with West Lothian Council. She now practices on a part-time basis, specialising in regulatory law within the healthcare sector. Angela has been the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Advisor since 2014. She is married with two grown up children and lives in West Lothian.

Archdiocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Mrs Angela Hughes
T: 07903 619342
E: Angela.hughes@staned.org.uk

Administrative Officer for Safeguarding Support

Mr Desmond Coyne
T: 0131 623 8949
E: desmond.coyne@staned.org.uk
Available Tuesday to Thursday, 9am - 5pm

Administration Assistant

Margaret McCluskey
T: 0131 623 8943
E: margaret.mccluskey@staned.org.uk
Available Tuesday and Thursday, 9am - 4.30pm

Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service

Mrs Tina Campbell
National Safeguarding Co-ordinator
T: 0141 332 7177
E: tcampbell@scottishcatholicsafeguarding.org.uk
W: www.scsafeguarding.org.uk

Arts & Heritage Commission

The Arts & Heritage Commission was established in 1997 as a way to conserve and promote the Catholic patrimony, both cultural and historical, of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. It does this by hosting regular events, lectures and publications.

Commission Members

President: The Reverend Paul Kelly
Chair: Kate Lady Gill
Secretary: Mr Owen Gormley
Treasurer: Ms Margaret Drummond
Members: Mr Michael Bergin, Mr Alistair Cherry, Ms Helen Dawson, Ms Clare Ramsay

Secretary to the Arts & Heritage Commission

Mr Owen Gormley
T: 0131 623 8949
E: ogormley46@gmail.com

Schools

The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh contains 10 Catholic high schools and 69 Catholic primary schools. These are operated in partnership with families and local government. To learn more click here.

The Schools Department is also responsible for Special Religious Development, SPRED, a pastoral initiative providing catechesis to those with learning difficulties. SPRED is a parish based organisation with 13 groups across the Archdiocese.

The Head of Schools for the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is the Reverend John Smith. Deacon John serves the Edinburgh parishes of St Peter’s in Morningside and St Columba’s in Newington and, until 2017, taught both Chemistry and Religious Education at the city’s Holyrood High School. Prior to embarking on his teaching career, Deacon John worked chemical manufacturing. Married to Louise, they have two children as well as two grandchildren. He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2016.

Head of Schools

The Reverend John Smith
T: 0131 623 8912
E: headofschools@staned.org.uk

Religious Education Advisor to Schools

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Mount Vernon Cemetery

Mount Vernon Cemetery was founded by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh in 1895. Since then, almost 38,000 people have been laid to rest within it. It is still the city’s only Catholic cemetery. Elsewhere within the Archdiocese, St Mary’s parish in Haddington, East Lothian, also has a Catholic cemetery.

For many decades Mount Vernon Cemetery was the resting place of Venerable Margaret Sinclair (1900-25) until her re-interment in her home parish of St Patrick’s, Edinburgh, in 2003. Her empty tomb can still be viewed at Mount Vernon. The cemetery also contains the 130 Commonwealth War Graves and 25 Polish War Graves.

Address

Mount Vernon Cemetery
49 Mount Vernon Road
Edinburgh
EH16 6JG

Cemetery Manager

Miss Anna Kulwicka
T: 0131 623 8906
E: Anna.kulwicka@staned.org.uk
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