Bishop Jaime Soto on Sept. 11 appointed Lois Locey as the new chancellor of the Diocese of Sacramento. She will begin in her new position on Oct. 29. She succeeds Kathy Conner, who is retiring after serving as chancellor since 2009.
Among her duties, Locey will serve as a member of Bishop Soto’s core management team and cabinet; provide supervision to multiple diocesan directors and their related offices; provide oversight and support to the Presbyteral and Diocesan Pastoral Councils; oversee official diocesan reports and the maintenance of archives and records; and authenticate all official acts of the bishop.
“My whole life has been dedicated to the same central themes of doing ministry and mission well and making them come alive in a personal way,” she said. “It is my hope and prayer to use my leadership skills to assist Bishop Soto in his ministry and serve the Diocese of Sacramento.”
Locey has 27 years of in-depth experience as a chief operating officer of three large parishes which reached national and global prominence relating to ministry effectiveness. She also has more than two decades of diocesan leadership experience in a combination of staff positions and being called upon by individual bishops and regions of bishops in Australia, the Caribbean and around the world for management consulting and training of bishops, priests, deacons, religious staff and lay leaders.
She comes to the diocese after serving as pastoral associate for administration and stewardship at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in central Florida in the Diocese of Orlando. Serving as the chief operating officer, the parish has some 5,700 parishioners, a total annual operating budget of $11.8 million, 143 employees and 3,264 disciple volunteers in more than 185 ministries and services and a PreK-8 school.
Locey previously administered two of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle, Wash. She also served as a field consultant to the Seattle Archdiocese’s Department of Planning and Research, working with parishes in transition and in the formation and training of parish pastoral councils and other consultative bodies. In another position with the Catholic Schools Office, she assisted principals with school commissions, relations with parishes, budgeting, evaluations and school development.
As associate director/interim director of parish stewardship for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, her office initiated and implemented a parish-based stewardship movement in the diocese by working together with pastors, their staff and volunteers to promote the vision and practice of “Stewardship as a Way of Life.” The time and talent phase of that campaign was considered to be, at that time, the largest such effort in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.
Each of the parishes where Locey has served has received awards from the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) for having both the most outstanding total stewardship effort and materials. Over a 26-year period, she has presented at 28 training conferences conducted by the ICSC on a wide variety of ministry topics. She also won an award for the best idea to improve parish finances from the Finance Council Forum.
Locey earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Catholic University of America in 2017, with an emphasis on pastoral leadership, church growth, stewardship and increasing the quality of ministry. She also holds a master’s degree in pastoral ministry through a joint program from Gonzaga University (Jesuit) and the University of Portland (Congregation of Holy Cross) and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, with an emphasis on nonprofit management and educational administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University in Chicago.
A native of the Chicago area, Locey and her husband have been married for 20 years. Together they have been supporters of the work of St. Teresa of Calcutta and her Missionaries of Charity for more than 20 years. Among her hobbies are hiking and completing 11 half or full marathons since 2008.
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