Department for Religious Education

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Judy Kirk, MSEd., Department Director
Lorie Uhlmann, MSEd., Director of Office for Faith Formation, (Adults, Families, and Persons with Learning Needs)
Christopher Chapman, MA, Director of Office for Elementary and Secondary Catechesis
Deborah Andrulonis, Secretary
Patricia Kammersell, Secretary
Annette Wright, Secretary
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Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral Center:

111 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412 456-3112
Fax: 412 456-3113



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"Open the Door of Faith"


This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15, 2013, and will focus on the theme "Open the Door of Faith." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.  Catechists especially, fulfill the ministry of catechesis by opening the door of faith to others and helping them share more deeply in the life of the Church.

 Our Mission

The Department for Religious Education is a collaborative community of faith commissioned to serve the mission of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and authorized by the Bishop to give direction to the catechetical ministry of this local church.
The Department provides assistance and support to parish leaders and calls them to accountability for their responsibility for catechetical ministry.
Faithful to the Church’s catechetical documents, the Department develops services, resources, and leadership which enable all persons to come to know Jesus Christ and to grow in the Christian life of sharing the faith tradition of the Catholic Church.



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 Resources for Confirmation Preparation are available by clicking here, find Liturgy Planning Guides as well!

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“As Catholics, we have come to understand the great gift which Jesus Christ instituted as a means for us to abide in the life of God—the Holy Eucharist.”

--Bishop David A. Zubik, The Church Alive! (17)

883 Use the resources available at to enhance your personal understanding of the Great Gift of the Eucharist....and share it with parents, students, catechists, and colleagues! Consider using these resources for PARENT Meetings, CATECHIST Preparations, and STUDENT Lessons.



Miss reading News & Notes?  Now available:  back issues of News & Notes, the official newsletter and updates produced by the Department for Religious Education...catch up on our best practices and ideas for communicating the Faith.  Back issues, as well as our current issue, can be found at the bottom of this page! 

Please note:     ALL inquiries and questions welcome! 

Feel free to contact the Office for Cultural Diversity and Persons with Disabilities regarding Pastoral Ministry for Persons with different needs, ASL Interpreters, and Parish Advocates for Persons with disabilities by calling 412-456-3170, TTY Number 412-456-3122, or e-mailing

For educational needs, sacramental preparation, or learning resources for children and adults with learning needs, please contact the Office for Faith Formation in the Religious Education Department by calling 412-456-3160, or e-mail