Catechists recognized at annual dinner

The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Lifelong Formation and Education (OLFE) recognized 71 catechists Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, during the annual Catechetical Ministry Celebration.

Several awards also were presented to individuals and schools for their dedication to catechetical ministry and formation.

The archdiocese presented Roncalli Awards, named for Pope John XXIII or Cardinal Roncalli, to three catechists. The awards recognize “catechists who have been ignited by the spirit of Vatican II to spread the faith through catechesis,” according to information provided by OLFE.

The award recipients, who must currently serve in catechetical ministry, are Clarice Casper of St. Agnes School, Michelle Hayden of St. Bernard Church and Dinah Tichy of Holy Trinity Church.

An award for a Volunteer Catechist Serving 25 Years or More was presented to Cathy Reising of St. Peter the Apostle Church.

Two schools received the 2013 Father Thomas Duerr Award For Excellence in Catechesis — DeSales High School and John Paul II Academy.

The awards are given to parishes or schools where 100 percent of catechists have completed the archdiocese’s associate level of training in catechetical ministry. In addition, previous award recipients must provide evidence of continued formation.

There are three levels of catechetical ministry formation, the first of which is the associate level, followed by the advanced level. Formation culminates in the master catechist level and requires an accumulated total of 220 hours of coursework, plus ongoing formation.

Following is a list of those who recently completed formation at these levels.

Catechetical Ministry Master Level: Charlene Bechely, Sister of St. Francis Sharon Marie Blank, Robin Davis, Dorothy DeYoung, Judy Erie, Mary Fusting, Deborah Ann Green, Mary Groeschen, Deacon Andy Heinsohn, Joan Heinsohn, Janice King, Donna Laemmle, Father Christopher Lubecke, Cindy McKinley, Marilyn McNeill, Carol Meirose, Jerid Miller, Judy Montgomery, Lisa Murray, Carol Payne, Lisa Rohleder, Rebecca Romero, Teri Rosenbaum, Mary Kathryn Wagner, Patricia Reed Wheeler, Lynn Wilt and Elaine Wnorowski.

Catechetical Ministry Advanced Level: Charlene Bechely, Sister Sharon Marie Blank, Denise Chancellor, Robin Davis, Dorothy DeYoung, Mary Fusting, Mary Groeschen, Deacon Andy Heinsohn, Joan Heinsohn, Lisa Lauder, Teresa Lynn, Cindy McKinley, Jennifer Meirose, Jennifer Miller, Jerid Miller, Judy Montgomery, Barbara Newton, Carol Payne, Lisa Rohleder, Kathy Shaughnessy, Kathaleen Stout Riggs, Mary Kathryn Wagner, Jennifer Woolfolk and Sara Young.

Catechetical Ministry Associate Level: Sharon Bidwell, Sister Sharon Marie Blank, Kim Clifford, Beatrice Cutler, Cody Farmer, Shelly Freeders, Martha Gray, Tom Hamilton, Barbara Hammond, Rosemarie Hartmann, Suzanne Haugh, Leonilda Jamison, Laura Johnson, Dawn Koontz, Rosemary McAdam, Troy Medley, Jerid Miller, Benedictine Sister Jill Reuber, Paula Ryan, Kathleen Spalding, Mary Watkins and Katherine Wetterer.
In addition, OLFE recognized several others who completed training or certification in specific areas of ministry.

Ten people who completed RCIA Coordinator Training were recognized. They are Anna Barr, Deacon Joseph Bland, Virginia Bland, Ken Cundiff, William Doyle, Michelle Hayden, Kris Kumler, Deacon William Niemeier, Rita Schnieders and Kristina Vogt.

Jennifer Woolfolk was recognized for earning a certificate in young adult ministry from the University of Dayton.

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