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Dominican Sister to lead RENEW International, Catholic organization

Plainfield, 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 congregation.

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 God’s people.”

Newark. Archbishop John J. Myers


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