Jean Beneteau, B.S.W., M.R.E. | Pastoral Minister

I am happy to be part of the Assumption Parish team, and to tell you a bit about me. I have been married for 30 years to my beloved Paul, with whom I have raised our two wonderful sons Andre and Marcel. Now the family includes Andre’s lovely wife Kristen and their beautiful daughter Lia. (Grandparenting is awesome!)

Family, faith and parish life have always been what makes me tick!  I have been involved in ministry since my own confirmation. After many years of parish involvement, and receiving a BSW from U of Windsor, I started my career as the Program Coordinator for the House of Shalom Youth Center in Amherstburg, and went on to Big Sisters Association as the west end caseworker for about 6 years. This experience was good preparation for parish ministry.

I served as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the community of St. John the Baptist in Amherstburg, Ontario from 1991 to 2012. Also, I was a member of the faculty for the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from 2002-2014, instructing courses in Pastoral Care, and Prayer and Worship with youth.

Next I held the position of Youth Ministry Formation Specialist at the Institute for Catholic Formation at St. Peter’s Seminary in London from 2009-2014. While in this position I worked with parishes on the formation and ongoing work of Youth Commissions, and participated in implementing Strong Catholic families, Strong Catholic Youth, among other duties.

Since 2014, I have been assisting parishes in various ways with the development of family and youth ministry, facilitation of retreats, and facilitation of the “Called and Gifted, Discernment of Spiritual Gifts and Charisms” program from the Catherine of Sienna Institute.

I completed a Masters in Religious Education from Assumption University in 2000 and hold a Bachelor of Social Work and a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies.

My personal passions include family life, church life, reading, music and solitude. I am happy to journey with the people of Assumption Parish as we strive to follow Jesus and respond to his personal call to his mission in the world.