Mary Jo took over the role of Education Coordinator for the Diocese, September 6, 2016.

For the past nine years, Mary-Jo has been actively involved in prison ministry, both as a chaplain at Collins Bay Medium and Maximum Security Institutions and as Chair of the Prison Volunteers Committee.  She has taught several courses of the St. Francis Xavier University Diploma in Ministry Program.  Mary-Jo has a Master’s degree in Divinity from Queen’s University, a Master’s degree in Education from Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Thomas University, Fredericton.  She originates from Cape Breton, and has lived in many communities throughout Canada and Europe with her army officer husband, James Simms, and their children, Amy, Ben, and Rebecca.  Mary-Jo and her family are active parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Kingston.

Mary-Jo is looking forward to supporting Religious Education in the Archdiocese and is available to assist those in this ministry.

Please call her at the Diocesan Centre, or email her for information and or assistance with programming, resources, and activities.

The Mandate of the Office Religious Education

Religious Education is part of the teaching ministry of the Church. In collaboration with the Bishop, the office provides resources to support all forms of religious education in the Archdiocese. The Office also serves as a communication center connecting people with needs and resources as well as disseminating information about programs in different areas.

The Archdiocese is partnering with Newman Theological College in Edmonton to offer online faith formation courses in a Certificate in Catholic Studies. Registration Cost per course is $85.00.  Students may register completely online at see their website for further details and FAQ’s.For more information please contact or call Mary-Jo MacKinnon-Simms at the Diocesan centre 613-548-4461 Ext 115