Membership on the Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation Commission will consist of the following voting members:
• one representative elected from each parish;
• one representative elected by the Hispanic Community at Queen of Peace Parish;
• one representative nominated by each Pastoral Council and appointed by the Commission;
• the four pastors or a pastor chosen by the pastors;
The Commission will also include the following non-voting members:
• a parish Director of Faith Formation chosen by the parish Directors of Faith Formation;
• the Director of Adult Faith Formation;
• a youth minister chosen by the youth ministers.
The Faith Formation Commission will choose a chair, vice-chair and secretary from its elected members.
The Director of Adult Formation is designated as the Executive Officer.
• The Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation Commission will meet monthly (except during July), unless otherwise determined by the Commission.
• Candidates elected in May 2010 will automatically serve for a 12-month transition period, starting June 1, 2010.
• In June, 2011 permanent terms of one-, two- and three-years will be assigned to Commission
members by a method to be chosen by the Commission.
• Members are eligible to serve for two consecutive three-year terms.
• Candidates must be in full communion with the Catholic Church and registered members of the
parish in which they seek election. (See Archdiocesan Policy 9530.)
• Candidates must be in substantial agreement with the Church's faith formation mission;
the strategy and goals of the Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation Commission; and the vision of the
Waterloo Pastoral Leaders.
• Individuals and spouses of individuals (including catechists) employed in a parish
or inter-parish educational program, or students enrolled in a parish or inter-parish
educational program, are not eligible for election to the Commission. (See
Archdiocesan Policy 9531.)
Members of the Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation Commission will...
• acknowledge that religious formation and education programs are a significant expression of the
teaching mission of the Catholic Church;
• agree to become more knowledgeable about their responsibilities and the mission of Catholic
formation and education;
• agree to promote the vision, mission and goals of the Catholic faith formation expressed in the
vision, mission and goals of the Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation Commission;
• be fully prepared for each meeting by doing the necessary reading, study and work required to
make informed decisions;
• keep an open mind in all deliberations and offer alternate solutions whenever helpful;
• understand that election from a particular parish notwithstanding, Commission members must seek
policies, programs and decisions which uphold the common good of the Catholic community in
• support the Commission's stated preference for making decisions by consensus;
• support the Commission's decisions even when they have personal reservations about those
• support the administrators of the formation and education programs under the jurisdiction of the
Commission, and avoid intruding in administrative details unless requested to do so;
• acknowledge that they do not officially represent the Commission and are not able to speak on
behalf of the Commission unless explicitly authorized to do so;
• disqualify themselves from discussion and votes on an issue where there is a conflict of interest
with their family or business, or if the outcome would result in any pecuniary or material benefits to
• pray often for members of the Commission, administrators, students and participants in formation
programs under the Commission's jurisdiction, and for the parish communities which the
(Adapted from Building Better Boards by Lourdes Sheehan RSM. Cf. Archdiocesan Policy 9000.)