Saskatoon RC Diocese

Mona's Story

Walking with those in the Lay Formation program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is the latest step in a joyful journey of faith for Mona Goodman.

"Lay Formation is a safe place where we journey together in God's abundance of beauty, truth, forgiveness and unconditional love. It’s in the encounter with one another here where we grow together in God’s grace," said Goodman, who works with Kathy Hitchings to coordinate the diocesan Lay Formation program.

Prairie roots, a love of the Maritimes, and a passion for travel are among the signposts on Goodman’s life journey.

"I was born in Saskatchewan and enjoyed rural life, celebrating parish and social gatherings, praying, working, playing, and learning together as community," she said. "We moved to Regina, North Battleford, and then Ottawa where friendships formed and sustained me. Engaging in a variety of sports, arts, and communing with God’s wondrous creation helped me with life transitions."

After graduating from high school in Ottawa, Goodman attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree, Goodman returned to Ottawa to complete a diploma in recreation facilities management.

"I worked at the Battlefords Regional Care Centre as a recreational therapist, and the wisdom received from the people there further formed me," she said. After traveling throughout Europe, Goodman returned to Saskatoon and completed a bachelor of education, before spending time teaching in Unity.

"I married a very loving and supportive man, and we lived in Yorkton, Churchill, and Winnipeg where I continued to teach." Goodman completed the three-year lay formation program at St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1994. She also had the opportunity to travel to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. 
Goodman then moved to St. Albert, Alberta with her husband and daughter. “God gave me an opportunity to study at Newman Theological College, and I received my Masters of Divinity in 2004," she said. 
Returning to Saskatchewan in 2005, Goodman began work this April (2008) at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, helping to coordinate the diocesan Lay Formation program.

"I am honored and grateful to be journeying with so many others who want to deepen their faith and understanding of God," she said. "I look forward to growing in God’s generosity as we deepen our relationship with one another, with God, and with the whole of God’s wondrous creation, encouraging each other as we take one step at a time."

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