Margaret Turek, who has served as the director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland since July 2014, will leave that position on April 30 to return to St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park.
"Dr. Turek's contributions to the faith life of our diocese are immeasurable," Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said. "We will miss her vision and passion for the New Evangelization, but her talents and gifts will serve the students and community of St. Patrick's well."
At the seminary, Turek, who has a doctoral degree in sacred theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, will serve as professor of dogmatic theology and director of the Master of Arts (Theology) program. From 2001 to 2014, she served as associate professor of systematic and spiritual theology at the seminary. Before that, she was a tenured theology faculty member at the University of Dallas in Texas.
Among the activities Turek directed in her time at the diocese was the Sept. 7 gathering of leaders of various faith traditions for a dialogue and prayer for peace at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The meeting, which drew 600 participants, clergy and lay, concluded with the signing of a pledge for peace.
During the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Turek and members of her staff conducted an enrichment series on mercy, which they presented in several parishes.
"I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to serve Bishop Barber and the diocese as the Director of FFE," Turek said. "I am proud to have been a part of a team that redirected its mission to be more present in the parishes, providing support for pastoral priorities and collaborating on such projects as the Enrichment Series and Jubilee of Mercy activities. I return to St. Patrick's with 2½ years of wisdom from this rich experience."
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