OTTAWA (CCN) — The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) board has appointed Michel MacDonald as the agency’s new director.
MacDonald will replace Michele Boulva, who is retiring after 12 years as COLF’s director. His term begins Dec. 12, 2016. Boulva leaves COLF at the end of December.
“I’m excited to be on board and to continue the good work that COLF has done under Michele Boulva and (assistant director) Peter Murphy,” MacDonald said.
“They’ve had a love for the church’s teachings on marriage and family in their presentations,” he said.
He said he shares COLF’s vision of helping families “live out the beauty and truth of the church’s vision for marriage and family so they can really experience what Pope Francis calls the Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).”
“We want families to be witnesses to God’s love and to that joy,” he said. “Families through living their mission and vocation live can be real witnesses of God’s love for the world — they live out the new evangelization,” he said.
The father of seven children, MacDonald holds a licentiate from the John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C., on the theology of marriage and family. He is completing his doctorate in moral theology at Saint Paul University. He defends his thesis on Dec. 9.
He had earned bachelor’s degrees in theology and philosophy at Dominican University College. He has taught at both Saint Paul University and Dominican University College and worked with St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto in developing an online course on human sexuality and marriage. He has also taught in the field of Christian ethics.
MacDonald served as a member of COLF’s board from June 2011 to June 2016. He has also worked as youth ministry co-ordinator and music director at St. Maurice Parish in Ottawa.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus who co-founded COLF and jointly fund the organization were consulted in the appointment.
MacDonald and his family live in Ottawa.
“The board thanks Ms. Boulva for the many years of dedicated service she has rendered to COLF, and wishes her joy and happiness in her new challenges,” said a COLF news release announcing MacDonald’s appointment.
Boulva has said she will remain active in life and family issues upon leaving COLF. She plans to live in Montreal.