Those appointed to an Associate Pastor position should find it helpful to refer to the Position Description of the Pastor (Appendix 6) to further appreciate the complementary relationship of these two positions.
With the Archbishop
With the Regional Vicars
With the Pastor
With Parish Staff
An Associate Pastor witnesses in his own life style the acceptance of the spiritual responsibilities entrusted to every priest.
The Administrative Role of An Associate Pastor
An Associate Pastor may be called upon to participate cooperatively with the Pastor in any of the specific responsibilities listed in the Pastor’s Position Description.
An Associate Pastor has relationships with and access to persons who can assist him in his efforts: to enhance the quality and scope of his ministry, to experience greater satisfaction in ministry, to develop his potential for personal or priestly growth, or to contribute more effectively to the accomplishment of the Church’s Mission.