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"He's one of the leading - if not the leading - Scripture scholars in the country," said Alice Hughes, director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which will host the catechetical conference in conjunction with the Diocese of Jackson and several other dioceses of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
"This is one of the few times that catechists and religion teachers in a region can actually have quality, national speakers," Hughes
" A small diocese on its own could never bring in this number of quality national speakers."
The workshop sessions cover topics ranging from catechetics, RCIA, adult education, Catholic high schools, parish schools of religion, liturgy, music, church environment and Hispanic Catholics.
"The conference is intended to help individuals in their personal, catechetical and spiritual enrichment as well enrich their ministry in parishes and schools," Hughes
"There is something for everyone.
For our archdiocese, our three goals are to inform, form and transform, and that really does take place."
The dioceses on the planning committee include Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Alexandria and Lake Charles in Louisiana; Biloxi and Jackson in Mississippi; Birmingham in Alabama; and Pensacola in Florida.
regularly receives rave reviews from diocesan religious education directors about the value of the conference.
"They tell me how their people come back to their diocese and share how much they have gained from coming together," Hughes
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Alice Hughes appointed ...
Alice Hughes appointed Director of Religious Education
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond has appointed Alice R. Hughes as director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, effective Sept. 1.
Hughes, 59, has 38 years of experience as a school theology teacher, director of religious education and coordinator of adult catechesis at parishes and dioceses in Pensacola, Birmingham, Knoxville and Orlando.
For the past seven years, she has served as director of the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ministry Leadership for the Diocese of Jackson, Miss.
"Faith formation is womb to tomb," said Hughes
, noting that she
must continually counter the misperception that religious education is "just for kids.
In Catholic schools, "faith formation" generally is perceived to end at a student's high school graduation, while at the parish level, Catholics tend to "think it ends as soon as you receive a sacrament," Hughes notes.
"It's hard for adults to realize they need faith formation, and to even get catechists into that mentality that they need to get certified," Hughes
A native of Pensacola., Hughes earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from University of West Florida in Pensacola, and a Masters degree in religious education from Loyola University in New Orleans.
also spent eight years as a Benedictine sister.
Upon assuming her
new position in the Archdiocese of New Orleans
, Hughes plans to visit every parish and school to determine how the Office of Religious Education can best serve their needs - a period of assessment that will include meeting with pastors, principals and parish catechetical leaders
"It took me two years to get to all the parishes and schools in Jackson," Hughes
said, noting that Jackson's 103 parishes and 20 schools make up the largest geographical Catholic diocese east of the Mississippi River.
"(In Jackson) it takes me four hours to go to some of our parishes," Hughes
"I'm going from 48,000 square miles (in Jackson) to 4,800 square miles (in New Orleans)."
plans are to bring new energy and interest into the teaching of basic theology to adults, using an eight-course curriculum formulated by School Sister of St. Francis Michelle Doyle
"It is just phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal, for (use in the teaching of) basic adult education," Hughes
In New Orleans, Hughes
also hopes to replicate some of the skills workshops that led to her
establishment of a highly successful lay ministry program in the Jackson diocese.
"I want to find out, 'What are the gifts out there in New Orleans that have not been tapped yet?'" said Hughes
, who hopes to bolster "the faith life" of the archdiocese by increasing formational, educational and spiritual opportunities for Catholics of all ages.
"If I had one overarching goal, it would be for people to fall in love with God by learning all that they can about him," Hughes
"I have to truly say it was God's calling that is taking me to New Orleans.
presented me with the opportunity and called me there."
Married to her
husband, Jim, since 1987, Hughes
is also a member of the Executive Board for CACE
(Chief Administrator for Catholic Education) of the National Catholic Educational Association
is excited to be going back to her
"roots," given that Pensacola was part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
in the 1950s and 60s.
"Being from the Gulf Coast, it's like going home again," she
Alice Hughes will take on the ...
Alice Hughes will take on the responsibility on September 1.
After appropriate consultation, I am pleased to appoint Alice R. Hughes
as Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New Orleans
effective September 1, 2011.
Mrs. Hughes is currently serving in the Diocese of Jackson as director of the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ministry Leadership.
She is also a member of the Executive Board for CACE (Chief Administrator for Catholic Education) of NCEA.
She has earned a degree in elementary education and a Masters degree in Religious education.
comes to New Orleans with extensive experience in parish religious education, Catholic schools and catechist formation.
Please join me in welcoming Alice Hughes
to ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans
I look forward to her
leadership and collaboration in ministry.
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