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Director of the Centre

Photo the profile de Lorraine Ste-MarieLorraine Ste-Marie, D. Min

Lorraine Ste-Marie is associate professor and Director of the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality in the Faculty of Human Sciences. Since October 2021, she holds the Mercy and Presentation Sisters Chair of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality. She completed a Master of Arts in Theology (Ethics) from Saint Paul University and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) in which she focused on the connection between language and leadership development for becoming a more inclusive church.  As a practical theologian, Lorraine’s research and teaching bring together resources from a number of disciplines in both human sciences and theology in her search for strengthening ways to cultivate hospitable learning environments and develop transformative leadership capacity.

Prior to her faculty appointment in 2006, she served as the Director of the Centre for Ministry Formation at Saint Paul University from 1999 to 2005. Since then, she has served in a number of leadership roles in the University, including Director of Programs in Practical Theology in the Faculty of Theology, Vice-dean, as well as Interim Dean in the Faculties of Human Sciences and Philosophy. Alongside her academic education, she is trained in process developmental coaching, immunity-to-change mapping, conflict resolution, spiritual accompaniment and in the design and facilitation of Theory U/Presencing. She also serves as resource person and facilitator in the areas of change processes, community development, and transformative leadership. 


Lead Researcher

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Carol is a practical theologian and the designer and leader of the CREC's Awareness-Based Action Research Project, "Where Faith and Life Meet -- An Action Research Project in Adult Faith Education/Accompaniment in Canada:  Towards Transforming Practice."  This project is a continuation of Carol's doctoral research into faith education processes that empower mature Christian believers and her growing expertise in integral, transformative education and leadership, reflective practice and transformative process facilitation.  She is the principal author of the two research-based resources published by the CREC, "Five Promising Practices and Other Practical Wisdom:  A Resource for All Who Accompany Adult Faith," 2019 and "Where Faith and Life Meet While We're Two Metres Apart:  Wisdom from Accompanying Adult Faith During a Global Pandemic," 2021. Carol has also designed and facilitated a Symposium and several resource launches as additional practice-based education events offered by the CREC.  

Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dalhousie University (Halifax), a Master of Religious Education Degree and a Doctor of Ministry Degree/doctorat en théologie pratique from Saint Paul University (Ottawa).  Along with these academic achievements, she completed a Certificate in Transformative Process Facilitation under the leadership of Dr. Marge Denis.  Carol has a long established and respected leadership as director of Adult Faith Education in the Diocese of Timmins and the Archdiocese of Ottawa and as past Director of the Centre for Pastoral Formation and Spirituality at Saint Paul University.  She was a long-time member of the National Advisory Committee on Adult Religious Education for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, past chair of the Canadian Association of Ministries Programs (now ACCAF), a process facilitator and consultant for OMI Lacombe Canada, a consultant for the Archdiocese of Gatineau and has led numerous presentations, workshops and retreats across Canada and the USA.  Carol has been teaching in the faculties of Theology and Human Sciences at Saint Paul University since 2006.


Representative of the Sisters of Service

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Mary-Ellen is a Sister of Service, and represents her Community on the Board. She now lives in Toronto. Her background is in Clinical Psychology and Spirituality, approaching both in a very holistic way. She is deeply interested in the ongoing development of the spiritual/faith life of adults and children. Beyond her areas of training, she has been very involved in the areas of peace and social/ecological justice. She has spent many years in a healing context with Indigenous people in the far north, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Her personal journey with the Universe Story, and ecospirituality, shape her life and current work. 




Board Members

  • Janet Bentham, Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario
  • Laura Hughes, Directrice de l’Office Provincial de l'Éducation de la foi Catholique de l'Ontario
  • Bianca Briciu, Professor, Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality
  • Sister Mary-Ellen Francoeur, Representative of the Sisters of Service of Toronto
  • Carol Kuzmochka, Researcher for the Centre for Religious Education and Catechesis
  • Lorraine Ste-Marie, Director of the Centre for Religious Education and Catechesis
  • George Smith, c.s.b., Interim Dean, Faculties of Human Sciences and Philosophy,
  • Marg Shea-Lawrence, Director of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Evangelization and Catechesis