If Your Oldest Child Is Between The Ages Of 2 and 7 … take part in our Focus Group
The Diocese of Rochester is looking for parents, whose oldest child is between 2 and 7 years old, to participate in Focus Groups regarding the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Rochester.
The Focus Groups will be held the evening of July 15th at a professional marketing firm in Penfield and will last approximately 90 minutes. You will receive $75 as a thank you for your participation.
If interested, call 1-800-452-1820 weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. for more information and to register for this research study. We want to hear from you! Thank you.
June 2, 2014 — Suzanne M. Stack has been named Life Issues Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, effective June 24, 2014. She succeeds Jann Armantrout, who retired in May, and will report to Jack Balinsky, diocesan director of Catholic Charities.
“We are delighted to have Suzanne in this important role,” Balinsky said. “She is passionately committed to providing leadership, vision, advocacy, counsel a nd assistance to the Diocese in promoting respect for all human life from conception to natural death.”
Stack, a native of Rochester, has worked in parish ministry in the Diocese for more than a decade.
She holds a master’s degree in Theology from Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College.
She presently is working toward a Master of Divinity degree at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.
Stack currently is Director of Faith Formation for The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Brockport, and earlier in her career served the Church in a variety of roles, as a pastoral associate, retreat facilitator and campus minister. She also has been a frequent public speaker and presenter on church-related topics, and volunteers at Focus Pregnancy Help Center in Rochester.
Stack also is active in Feminists for Non-Violent Choices of New York, and annually participates in the 40 Days for Life campaign, as well as New York State Catholic Conference meetings with state legislators to educate about and advocate for Catholic teachings on life issues.
Diocesan director receives F. Sadlier Dinger Award
Maribeth Mancini, director of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, has been honored with the prestigious F. Sadlier Dinger Award. The award was presented May 20, 2014, during the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in St. Louis, Mo.
The award, given annually since 1980 by William H. Sadlier Inc., a longtime publisher of educational and religious education materials, honors outstanding contributions to the ministry of religious education in America. Previous recipients have included Cardinals Joseph Bernardin, Pio Laghi and Terence Cooke, author Rev. Andrew Greeley, and many other distinguished men and women.
Mancini came to the Diocese in 1982, serving in a variety of roles in religious education and faith formation. In 1989 she became the first lay director of the Department of Religious Education and later was named Diocesan Director of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis and coordinator of diocesan Faith Development Services. She holds a master’s degree in theology from St. Bernard’s Institute and a bachelor’s degree in English from Nazareth College. In 2001, she served as president of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and has served on the organization’s board of directors.
Mancini has lead a number of major initiatives for the Diocese, including a three-year diocesan spiritual renewal, Spirit Alive!, from 2007 to 2010, coordinating education around the annual Diocesan Day of Penance, safe-environment training of catechists and volunteers, lifelong faith formation initiatives, expansion of programs for people with special needs, and several spiritual renewal campaigns.
In 2013, Mancini and her staff received the Diocesan Award from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, based in Washington, D.C., for a multi-faceted initiative using technology, including the development of an online Learning Center, online marriage preparation, resources for catechists, and new websites for spiritual enrichment and understanding, including The Spiritual Pilgrim, (http://spiritualpilgrim.dor.org); Homelinks, a family faith formation website; and Forgiven, a website to promote celebration of the Sacrament of Penance (http://forgiven.dor.org)
NYS Catholic Conference Statement regarding U.S. Supreme Court decision on prayer at Town Board meetings
Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of the Town Board in Greece, N.Y., to open its meetings with prayer.
Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, issued the following statement following the decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway:
“In its decision in the Town of Greece case, the Supreme Court has correctly interpreted the Constitution and reaffirmed the rightful place of ceremonial prayer in the proceedings of American government. Some in our country may wish it otherwise, but a simple reading of the Declaration of Independence (‘The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America’) confirms that this nation was built on the foundational understanding that our rights are derived from our Creator, whereas government is the instrument made by the people ‘to secure these rights.’ We do not owe our thanks to government for our rights; the Constitution was and is merely a written and interpreted expression of the rights already granted us by God. Our uniquely American public ceremonial prayer is a recognition of these ‘self-evident’ truths, and those who seek to undermine this practice do so, unwittingly perhaps, but systematically and steadily, at the peril of the Republic.”
The Catholic Conference represents New York State’s Bishops in matters of public policy.
DEACON INFORMATION SESSION
- 1 PM Sunday April 27, Dougherty Hall, St. Mary Church, 95 North Main Street, Canandaigua.
We will provide an overview of the 5 year application and formation process and the time commitment involved and answer questions about ongoing ministry.
An eligible applicant for permanent deacon formation is a man of strong and active faith who can demonstrate a record of service in the communities in which he lives, works and worships.
He must be at least 35 years of age and no more than 62 years of age at the time of ordination, in good health, emotionally mature and stable in his professional and personal relationships.
Men may be single or married. Interested men and their wives are encouraged to attend.
For more information:
Please contact Deacon John Brasley, Director of Deacon Personnel & Director of Deacon Formation, Diocese of Rochester, 585.328.3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the impending winter storm and expected travel issues, the CYO Faith Through Sports Recognition Ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow evening at Sacred Heart Cathedral (March 12) in Rochester is postponed. A new date and time will be announced.
Nearly 1,000 women gathered Saturday, March 1, at Aquinas Institute for the first annual Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference. Here is a sampling of the day in photos, courtesy of JMJ Photography. For more about the conference, visit www.RochesterCWC.org
Catholic Courier story click here
Here’s a sampling of comments participants made about the Conference:
God bless everyone for this wonderful day!
This was probably as close to a perfect conference as I have ever been to!
Can we do this every month?!
I love our new Bishop! He’s WONDERFUL!
Beautiful, inspiring day!
Encore, Encore! Do it again next year!
The attention to detail and the comfort of attendees was top notch!
Improvements? None. It was wonderful.
I knew the conference would be good, however the experience exceeded my expectations!
Awesome speakers, blessed to have our new bishop with us all day. Well done!
Conference was very inspiring! I felt the speakers were talking to and helping me directly!
Speakers were awesome!
So glad Bishop Matano said Mass and stayed.
Thanks for bringing this conference to Rochester Catholic women. It was an exciting rebirth to the Rosary and my faith!
Overall conference was spectacular!
Already looking forward to the next RCWC.