Archdiocese of
st andrews & edinburgh

Clergy & Religious

Sr Edith Mary

Clergy and Religious

“They are to live as good shepherds that know their sheep, and they are to seek to lead those who are not of this sheepfold that they, too, may hear the voice of Christ, so that there might be one fold and one shepherd.”

Blessed Pope Paul VI, Presbyterorum Ordinis, 7 December 1965.

The responsibilities of the Office for Clergy and Religious are as follows:

  • To be the "go-to" person for clergy and religious in crisis.
  • To be available to meet and advise clergy on matters of health and wellbeing, and to actively take an interest in the welfare of individual clerics and religious.
  • To promote the life, work, interest and concerns of women and men Religious in the Diocese.
  • To work with the Safeguarding Advisor in supporting clerics and religious who have been accused or who are out of ministry.
  • To advise the Archbishop of welfare issues concerning clerics and to be available to be consulted by the Archbishop about appointments.
  • To develop a programme of formation for newly ordained priests (the "under-fives").
  • To coordinate, in consultation with the Archbishop and the VG's, the arrival and integration of foreign clergy.
  • To develop a strategic policy in matters relating to care of the clergy according to the vision and priorities of the Church and of the Archdiocese.

Sr. Dr. Edith Hart, RSM, MD, is the Coordinator of the Office of Clergy & Religious. She was born and raised in Redding, California, and prior to entering the religious life in 1998 was a physical therapist. She has a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine, has worked in emergency medicine and served as the director of emergency and trauma services for a rural hospital. In 2020, Sr. Edith Mary was made a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine.

Sr. Dr. Edith Hart, RSM, MD
Co-ordinator for the Office of Clergy and Religious 
T: 0131 623 8900


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