Divine Renovation

Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission


Divine Renovation Ministry works with parish priests and lay leaders around the world to assist them in moving their parishes from maintenance to mission. The ministry has grown out of the transformation of Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fr James Mallon, the parish’s Pastor, wrote Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission to share the parish’s story. To find out more about the ministry, the book is the place to start.


Divine Renovation in the UK

In October 2017, over 300 clergy and lay leaders gathered at St Mary’s University, Twickenham for the Maintenance to Mission conference. Fr James Mallon along with leaders from Saint Benedict Parish were the keynote speakers. Parishes from all over the UK were inspired that their own parishes could be renewed in a similar way. The DR UK Coordinator, Hannah Vaughan-Spruce, assists parishes who want to become more missionary to connect with Divine Renovation Ministry and share learning and experiences with each other.

How Divine Renovation Equips Parishes

1.  Divine Renovation Network

Through coaching, the DRN trains priests in the leadership and management skills needed to lead a parish from maintenance to mission. The DRN journeys alongside a parish priest and his leadership team as their parish makes this transition. Find out more here.

2. Divine Renovation Association

Parishes who join the DRA have access to a library of coaching videos featuring Fr James Mallon and other Divine Renovation coaches. These videos guide parish priests and their senior leadership teams through key elements of renewing their parish. In addition to the video library, DRA parishes join a monthly webinar with Fr James and the DR team exploring leadership themes. Find out more here. 

3. Divine Renovation Experiences

A UK speaker team, made up of speakers from Divine Renovation Network parishes, is available to speak at events around the UK. We organise a number of events per year to give priests and leaders a taste of what Divine Renovation is about. 

Fr. James Mallon


Fr James Mallon is Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support, Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Besides being a speaker on parish renewal and the New Evangelisation, Father James has hosted two internationally acclaimed DVD series - Catholicism 201 and Dogmatic Theology, produced through the JP II Media Institute which he founded in 2005. He is the author of the best-selling book Divine Renovation: Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission and in 2016 authored the Divine Renovation Guidebook, a step by step manual for transforming your parish.

Born in Scotland, Father James and his family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1982. After studying at Christ the King seminary in British Columbia and St Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, Father James was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.


Upcoming Events —

Divine Renovation: Where to Start with Fr James Mallon and DRN Parishes
Wednesday 9 May 2018, 9am – 5pm
HTB Onslow Square