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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


Chancery Administrator

Mrs Anne Riley
T: 0131 623 8908
E: chancery.administrator@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 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

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 Matthew Meade. He is a qualified journalist who has worked as a reporter and sub-editor on newspapers across central Scotland, as well as at the Press Association. He was appointed to the post in May 2019.

Director of Communications

Matthew Meade
T: 0131 623 8914
E: matthew.meade@staned.org.uk

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

“The Catholic Church in Scotland is committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people. We are determined that we will offer a safe place in all Church premises and activities, and with all Church personnel. As leaders of the Catholic community in Scotland, we are committed to improving the culture of our Safeguarding approach in order to rebuild trust and confidence in the ways in which we ensure that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe.”

In God’s Image, Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland
Photo: Angela Hughes, Safeguarding Advisor for the Archdiocese

Safeguarding Team

The Safeguarding Team in the Archdiocese is based at the Gillis Centre, 100 Stathearn Road, Edinburgh, and comprises the Safeguarding Advisor, the Safeguarding Officer and the Safeguarding Administrator.

 

Angela Hughes is the Safeguarding Advisor for the Archdiocese.

Angela has been the Safeguarding Advisor since 2014. She is a lawyer with many years of experience in a variety of settings, both statutory and regulatory. Her role as Safeguarding Advisor is to receive and follow up any complaints, concerns, or allegations, to liaise with the statutory authorities, to communicate directly with the Archbishop and to refer matters of concern to the DRAMT (Diocesan Risk Assessment Management Team)

Angela can be contacted on angela.hughes@staned.org.uk or 07903619342.

The Safeguarding Advisor is assisted by a Safeguarding Officer and a Safeguarding Administrator

Emma Boothroyd is the Safeguarding Officer for the Archdiocese.

Emma joined the Safeguarding team in January 2019 having spent over 30 years in Local Authority Social Work. Her role as Safeguarding Officer is to support the Advisor. She provides the link with the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators (PSCs) in the parishes as well as co-ordinating the training needs of the volunteers.

Emma can be contacted on safeguarding.officer@staned.org.uk or 0131 623 8949.

 

Margaret McCluskey is the Safeguarding Administrator for the Archdiocese.

Margaret joined the team in October 2018, bringing 30 years’ experience of administration and customer service, as well as being a PSC in her own parish for the past five years. Her role is to ensure the accurate processing and recording of all the volunteer applications and PVGs (the Protecting Vulnerable Groups form) maintain the database and liaise with PSCs regarding all volunteer enquiries.

Margaret can be contacted on Margaret.McCluskey@staned.org.uk  or 0131 623 8943.

 

In Parishes and across the Archdiocese there are:

Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators: Volunteers based in parishes and alongside the parish priests. They ensure that volunteers within the church are suitably trained and checked in addition to communicating any concerns or complaints that may arise within a parish to the Safeguarding Advisor.

Deanery Trainers: There are five deaneries in the Archdiocese. Each deanery has a trainer who delivers essential safeguarding training to all the volunteers.

Parish Volunteers: There are around 2,500 volunteers doing regulated work (with children or vulnerable adults) in the Archdiocese, performing an essential service for the Church community.

All together, we provide the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Service, working together to protect our children and vulnerable adults.

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

Awaiting Appointment

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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