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Published on Sep 24th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0
Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization

By Erin McGeever

The 28th Annual Catechetical Ministry Day will be held at Bishop Kenny High School, 1055 Kingman Ave. in Jacksonville. This event has grown from a formation day for catechists to a day that offers something for every parish and school ministry and minister. The number of attendees has more than doubled since the early years.

This year’s overall theme is taken from the U.S. bishop’s recommendation for Catechetical Sunday, “Catechists and Teachers:  Agents of the New Evangelization.”  The keynote presentation as well as the 14 other workshops offered will focus on the themes recommended for the Year of Faith as proclaimed in Porta Fidei by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. The workshops are broken down into several categories:
Adult Faith Formation
Catechist Certification
Classroom Skills

This year’s keynote speaker has a long and varied resume. Sister of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Patricia McCormack, holds a bachelor’s in theology and sociology from Immaculata College, a master’s in education, and she earned her doctorate in private school administration from the University of San Francisco. 

Sister McCormack has 30 years of experience teaching in Catholic Schools.  She has published many articles in Today’s Catholic Teacher as well as other magazines utilized by both Catholic School teachers and as well as those who minister in parishes.  Currently she is the director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Office of Formative Support for Parents and Teachers. 

Through this office, Sister Pat provides help for both parents and teachers in their work in forming Catholic children.  Sister Pat offers workshops in classroom management, Catholic identity, and spiritual formation.  She also serves as a guest lecturer in graduate studies at Seton Hall University.  Sister Pat is being sponsored by the Pflaum Publishing Group.
In addition to Sister Pat, we have our usual set of Level I certification instructors, with some workshops particularly geared to those who work with middle school and high school students, some sacramental preparation workshops and two “Year of Faith” inspired sessions on the Nicene Creed and the Eucharist.

Registration for the Catechetical Ministry Day is through the parish Director of Religious Education or the School Principal.  Brochures and descriptions of each workshop are available on the under registrations.  For more information, contact Erin McGeever in the Office of Christian Formation or call (904)262-3200, ext. 118.

Photo: Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Patricia McCormack, Ed.D.