Dec 062012

By Celine Klosterman


The Diocese of Davenport will begin seeking a coordinator of youth and young adult ministry in January, after Pat Finan steps down Dec. 19 from his current position as faith formation and youth ministry coordinator.
Next month, he will begin work as director of the Education for Justice Project with the Center of Concern based in Washington, D.C. He will continue to live in Knoxville, where he belongs to St. Anthony Parish.
Finan said that as director he will primarily be visioning, creating and editing resources for, which promotes education about Catholic Social Teaching and advocacy on social issues.
“I really see this as the convergence of a number of different passions along my life journey,” he said. Before joining the diocese in 2002, he spent five years as social justice coordinator for the Diocese of Des Moines. He also worked in the editorial department at secular and Catholic newspapers for several years.
Finan said he’ll move on from the diocese with mixed feelings. “I’ve enjoyed what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years and have developed relationships with people I’ll miss working with.”
He noted his three children, ages 13, 16 and 18, have grown up being impacted by diocesan youth ministry opportunities including annual junior high rallies, first held in 2007.
“One of the most exciting things to see happen has been CYAN,” he said, referring to the Catholic Young Adult Network….

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