New director will focus on archdiocese’s mission, vision; reach out to laypeople, Archbishop Etienne says

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SEATTLE — Archbishop Paul D. Etienne has named Tim Hunt to the newly created position of Executive Director of Planning and Mission Effectiveness for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

“Tim will lead us in defining our mission and vision, as well as the main priorities to help us reach higher levels of mission effectiveness,” Archbishop Etienne said in an October 10 news release.

Tim Hunt

Hunt’s primary responsibility will be coordinating the development and implementation of a new pastoral plan to ensure the archdiocese is achieving its mission in serving parishes, schools and ministries.

“As part of this, he will assemble and manage a new Archdiocesan Pastoral Council that will involve people from all across our archdiocese,” the archbishop said. “We are here to serve them, so their input is vital in this process.”

Hunt, who steps into his new role October 21, has worked for the archdiocese for six years, most recently as communications director for the Washington State Catholic Conference. He previously worked for the Office of Catholic Schools.

“His experience working at the Chancery and out in the field at Catholic schools gives Tim a solid foundation for this new role, which requires strong strategic planning and relationship-building skills,” the archbishop said.

In his new position, Hunt will establish an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, serve on the Archbishop’s executive team, oversee the Office of Research, launch mission effectiveness training and act as a liaison to Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. He will ensure that all archdiocesan and parish ministries are serving the church’s fundamental mission — proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, the release said.

“I’m eager to engage with our parish communities to collaborate on a strategic pastoral plan that’s created in partnership with Catholics across Western Washington,” Hunt said.