The Office of Religious Education and Catechesis is under the leadership of the bishop. Catechesis is a priority and the centerpiece of evangelization. It is rooted in Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the Liturgy and is a response of the Church to the missionary mandate of Jesus Christ to spread the Good News to all peoples.

We, the staff of the Office of Religious Education and Catechesis, are dedicated to providing authentic, effective and lifelong, catechesis to nurture Catholic faith that is living conscious and active. We support parish and school leaders in their personal growth and in the ministry of forming communities of disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Joe Brettnacher, PhD
Episcopal Moderator
for Education and
Superintendent of Schools

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Jenny Berryhill, MA
Associate Director

As a consultant Jenny works with parish catechetical leaders and school administrators in deaneries: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

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Judi Engel, M Ed
Associate Director

As a consultant, Judi works with parish catechetical leaders and school administrators in deaneries: 1, 5, 6, 11 and 12.

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Barbara Romanello
-Wichtman, D. Min.
Director, Office of Religious
Education and Catechesis
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Martha Choroco,
MAPS 
Program Coordinator

As a program coordinator, Martha assists parish catechetical leaders and school administrators with resources related to curriculum.

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Sue Reihing, MA Ed
Program Coordinator

As a program coordinator, Sue assists parish catechetical leaders and school administrators with resources related to certification.