Maribeth Mancini, director of the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, will be honored with a national award for outstanding contributions to the ministry of religious education in America.
Mancini will receive the F. Sadlier Dinger Award on May 20 during the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in St. Louis, Mo. The award is given by William H. Sadlier, a publisher of educational and catechetical materials.
Mancini was hired by the diocese in 1982 as a consultant for adult religious education. She later served as diocesan Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults coordinator, and in 1989 she became the first lay director of the Department of Religious Education. She later became director of the department of Evangelization and Catechesis and coordinator of diocesan Faith Development Services.
She has a master’s degree in theology from St. Bernard’s Institute and a bachelor’s degree in English from Nazareth College. Before working for the diocese, she was a catechist at Rochester’s St. Ambrose Parish. In 2001, she served as president of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and has served on the organization’s board of directors.
In her 32 years working for the diocese, Mancini has overseen a variety of initiatives including the three-year Spirit Alive! diocesan spiritual renewal from 2007 to 2010, the safe-environment training of catechists and volunteers, lifelong faith-formation initiatives, and renewal campaigns tied to the Year of Jesus and new millennium.
She also has led the expanded use of technology in faith-formation and sacramental programs, including the creation of the websites The Spiritual Pilgrim, http://spiritualpilgrim.dor.org; Forgiven, http://forgiven.dor.org; Households of Faith, http://homelinks.dor.org; and an online learning center for the formation of catechists. Additionally, she helped guide the implementation of revisions to the restored Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the reception of a 1982 peace pastoral and the expansion of diocesan religious education for people with special needs.