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Work of Catechists honoured

09 March, 2022
Angie Camillieri being congratulated by Fr Alex

Our long-serving Catechists have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to the Ministry of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton recently.

Catechists who have volunteered for 21, 30 and 40 years of service in the Diocese have been gifted official plaques from Catholic Education commemorating the milestones to be presented within their communities.

Delivering Religious Instruction to children attending State Schools is a vital role in our ministry, according to Catholic Education Diocesan Director Leesa Jeffcoat. “The work of the Catechists is a very meaningful and special type of evangelisation and we are very grateful for the dedicated and committed service of these very generous volunteers who are the face of Jesus to all they minister to,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

Catholic Education Assistant Director: Mission Kellie Jenkinson said Catechists help our young people in State Schools come to know Jesus and His great love for each of them.  “Collectively, our Catechists have impacted the lives of hundreds of children over the years, giving the gift of faith and love to students who may otherwise not have had the chance to know Jesus so deeply,” Mrs Jenkinson said.

Catechists receiving plaques included Anne Hatte (Anakie, 40 years), Kathryn Steindl (Bundaberg, 30 years), Angie Camilleri (Mackay, 30 years) and Anne Dempsey (Rockhampton, 21 years).

Religious Education in State Schools Consultant Mrs Pauline Merefield also offered her congratulations and thanks to those Catechists receiving plaques.

“I extend sincere thanks to these wonderful women for the many hours of preparation and teaching each has volunteered over such an extended period of time,” Mrs Merefield said.  “Undoubtedly, you have made a positive difference in the lives of each of your students, their families, their teachers and their wider school communities through your very special presence and the relationships you have built over decades.”