New Head of Parish Catechetics for Archdiocese

January 22nd, 2019

Maryvale Institute welcomes Jane Deegan as the new Head of Parish Catechetics for the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Jane is based at Maryvale, the Archdiocesan department responsible for adult formation and catechetics, but will spend most of her time out and about in the diocese, providing support, formation and advice to parish catechists and clergy.

In addition, she will shortly be relaunching the popular “Sowing the Seeds” courses which Sister Gillian ran for many years around the deaneries of the diocese. The course provides parishioners with basic scriptural and doctrinal formation, as well as an introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Jane will also be developing guidelines and policies to ensure that there is consistency of practice across the diocese, and that the role of qualified catechists is properly recognised.

Jane’s career was originally in law, worked as a solicitor before becoming a full-time mum to three children (now grown up). She has extensive experience both of receiving formation in the faith and sharing it with others, coordinating marriage enrichment programmes, already serving as an associate member of Maryvale’s staff and undertaking a number of degree courses in Theology and Psychology.

Fr Edward Clare, the Director of Maryvale, welcomed Jane to her new role in the diocese:

“Jane brings great commitment and many years of practical experience to the role” he said.  “Giving sound formation in faith to lay people remains a priority for the Church today, and I am confident that she will build on the solid foundations established over many years by Sr Gillian by giving encouragement and support to all those involved in the vital work of parish catechesis at all levels.”

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