Sister to lead RENEW International, Catholic organization
NJ – August 16, 2006--RENEW International, a Catholic not-for-profit
organization based in Plainfield, NJ, has selected Sr. Theresa
Rickard, OP, to serve as its Director. RENEW International has
a 26-year record in revitalizing parish life through out the world
through its faith-based initiatives focused on faith formation
and spiritual renewal.
Sr. Terry, along with Msgr. Kleissler who will continue in his
capacity as President, takes the lead in a 45-person organization
that serves the needs of people and parishes in many relevant
ways. RENEW’s newest ministry is an innovative approach
to young adult outreach that combines Campus RENEW, focused on
college students, with Theology on Tap, for Catholics in their
20s and 30s. These two efforts seek to engage young adults in
their faith and draw them more fully into the life of the Church.
Sr. Terry, 49, is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, New York. She
completed an MA in Religion and Religious Education at Fordham
University, she hold a Masters in Divinity degree and is currently
a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree at
Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Reflecting
her early ministry in multi-cultural parishes in the South Bronx
in New York City, Sr. Rickard has developed a keen appreciation
for the blessings and challenges of parish life and a strong commitment
to the underprivileged. Besides parish work Sr. Terry was a member
of the Archdiocese of New York Parish Mission Team, and was the
Director of Vocation and Formation ministry for her Dominican
Sr. Terry is a well-known retreat leader and an outstanding speaker.
Her enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ is contagious.
For the past three years, she led the development and expansion
of Why Catholic?, RENEW’s well-received diocesan process
for strengthening faith among adults based on Scripture and the
Catechism of the Catholic Church. Over 30 dioceses have launched
Why Catholic? within the past two years, revitalizing the faith
of hundreds of thousands of parishioners with solid catechetical
materials and trainings geared towards adult learning.
RENEW International is a canonically recognized Catholic organization
operating under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark. Archbishop
John J. Myers is the Chairman of the Corporate Board of Trustees.
Commenting on the appointment, Archbishop Myers said, “I
am pleased that RENEW International’s important mission
will be carried forward by someone with Sr. Terry’s experience
and enthusiasm for serving God’s people.”
RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United
States, serving people in Europe, South America and Africa. RENEW
has worked with priests and bishops in 23 countries, and its materials
have been translated into 44 languages. Currently, RENEW is working
with Burundian bishops to promulgate a peace-building process
designed to defuse inter-ethnic conflict through spiritual engagement.
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|“I am pleased that RENEW International’s
important mission will be carried forward by someone with
Sr. Terry’s experience and enthusiasm for serving
Newark. Archbishop John J. Myers