National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

National Conference For Catechetical Leadership

Dedicated to quality catechetical leadership that brings the teaching ministry of Jesus to every Catholic child, youth and adult.

Previous Catechetical Award Recipients:

2013 - Robert J. McCarty, D.Min. and Margaret Wilson McCarty, D.Min.

2012 - Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min

2011 - Fr. Alfred McBride, O.Praem

2010 – Mr. Edmund F. Gordon

2009 – Dr. Jane Regan

2008 - Dr. Gerard F. Baumbach and the Center for Catechetical Initiatives
2007 - USCCB-Committee on Catechesis
2006 - Sr. Maureen Shaughnessy, SC
2005 - Mr. James DeBoy
2004 - Dr. Gabriel Moran
2003 - Rev. Gerard Sloyan
2002 - Msgr. Wilfred Paradis and Sr. Mariella Frye, MHSH
2001 - Sr. Kate Dooley
2000 - Dr. Michael Warren
1999 - Mr. Richard Reichert
1998 - Rev. Gerard Weber
1997 - Dr. Thomas Groome
1996 - Dr. Maria Harris
1995 - Fr. Pierre Babin, OMI
1994 - Rev. Robert Hater
1993 - Dr. Janaan Manternach and Dr. Carl Pfeifer
1992 - Sr. Mary Charles Bryce, OSB and Maria del la Cruz Aymes, SH
1991 - Most Reverend Raymond A. Lucker
1990 - Sr. Susanne Hofweber, OP
1989 - Ms. Mary Perkins Ryan
1988 - Rev. Stephen Hartdegen
1987 - Rev. Berard Marthaler
1986 - Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart
1985 - Silver Burdett Company

Past Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2013 - Dr. Michael E. Steier
2012 - Mr. Don Kurre
2011 - Mr. Michael Wagner
2010 - Sr. Janet Schaeffler, O.P.
2009 - Mr. David Riley
2008 – Native Ministry Training Program (NMPT)
Diocese of Fairbanks, AK
2007 - Mr. Pete Reis
2006 - Mr. Jack McBride
2005 - Sr. Jo Ann Detta and Sr. Marty Huber
2004 - Mr. John Meyer
2003 - Ms. Chick McGinty and Sr. Edith Prendergast
2002 - Mrs. Bea Cunningham
2001 - Mr. Joseph Swiss
2000 - Sr. Maria de Jesus Ybarra
1999 - Sr. Rosalie Digenan
1998 - Sr. Mary Emma Jochum
1997 - Mary Alice O'Reilly
1996 - Maria De Los Angeles Garcia
1995 - Mr. Tom Brown
1994 - Sr. Regis Krusniewski
1993 - Sr. Molly Leonard Donovan


New Wineskins Award - Previous Parish Recipients

2013 - The Power of ONE, Cheryl Smith, Church of the Annunciation, Diocese of Syracuse, NY

2012 - Family Formation, an Innovative K-6th grade Catholic Religious Education Program, Church of Saint Paul, Ham Lake, MN

2011 - Scripture by the Sounds, Christ the King, Deanery 8, Commack, NY

2010 - Sunday-Monday Connection, Holy Name of Jesus, Owensboro Diocese

New Wineskins Award - Previous Diocesan Recipients:

2013- Technology for Mission and Ministry, Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, Diocese of Rochester

2012 - God’s Family, an intergenerational Faith Formation Program for people with disabilities and their families, created by Sharon Urbaniak, Diocese of Buffalo

2011 - Reclaim the Flame: Grow, Celebrate, Serve sponsored by the Dayton Deanery Evangelization Team, Archdiocese of Cincinnati 

2010 - "Christmas Carol Festival", Therese and John Boucher, Diocese of Trenton

Awards presented annually at the NCCL Conference and Exposition

The following awards are presented at NCCL's annual Conference and Exposition. Nominations are accepted from individual members as well as from provinces through their NCCL Representative Council members. Each award has a separate web page which contains information about the award including criteria as well as an application blank. Please feel free to check out any of these awards and consider submitting a nomination.

ALL AWARD NOMINATIONS/APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 1, 2016.

Catechetical Award

The NCCL Catechetical Award is given at the annual meeting to a person, persons, or institution in recognition of outstanding or exemplary contribution to the ministry of catechesis.  

The criteria used by the board of directors in the selection of the recipient are that the recipient(s) demonstrate:
  • A life of witness to the Word of God;
  • A magnanimous spirit of love and service to the Church;
  • A vocation to ministry characterized by a pioneering spirit and innovative vision;
  • A dedication and significant contribution to the ministry of catechesis in the Church at large.
Each province or affiliated organization may submit up to three nominations listed in order of priority.  Each nomination should be accompanied by a paragraph providing supporting details for the nomination.  A form is provided for this purpose.  In order that nominations are given equal consideration, please ensure that your nominations reflect the consensus of your province or organization.

Representative Council Members submit nominations for catechetical award here.

Distinguished Service Award

The award is intended to recognize and applaud the good works of someone who has spent many years in catechesis helping individuals and communities encounter the Good News of Jesus. The award recipient is not revealed until the time of the presentation and is someone who is attending the annual meeting.

The criteria are that the recipient:
  • has worked in catechetical ministry a good number of years;
  • has labored in the field with dedication and enthusiasm;
  • has made a substantial contribution to the ministry and to the people they serve;
  • has labored tirelessly, willingly and effectively for the sake of the Gospel without any thought of recognition - an "unsung catechetical hero";
  • has a current membership in NCCL or is a former member who has retired within the past 5 years.
In any given year, the Board can highlight an area/category that will be given preference in the selection process.

To nominate someone for the 2016 NCCL Distinguished Service Award, complete this form.

New Wineskins Award - Parish/Cluster Level

  This new award offered by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership is designed to:
  • Highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in parishes (or parish clusters) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Share successful initiatives that may benefit other parishes.
  • Encourage continued creative innovation in parish catechetical and evangelization efforts.
  • Reflect the spirit of the "new evangelization" promulgated by Pope John Paul II and the General/National Directories for Catechesis.

To nominate a parish for the 2016 NCCL New Wineskin Award,   complete this nomination form.

Award Criteria: The parish ministry initiative must exhibit:
  1. a strong catechetical and/or evangelization dimension; 
  2. innovative qualities; 
  3. a history or track record of at least three years; 
  4. a demonstrated record of effectiveness; 
  5. fidelity to Scripture and Church teaching.


New Wineskins Award - Diocesan/Multi-Diocesan Level

This new award offered by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership is designed to:
  • Highlight and celebrate extraordinary achievement occurring in a diocese (or a cooperative effort in more than one diocese) in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Share successful initiatives that may benefit other dioceses.
  • Encourage continued creative innovation in parish/diocesan catechetical and evangelization efforts.
  • Reflect the spirit of the "new evangelization" promulgated by Pope John Paul II and the General and /National Directories for Catechesis.
To nominate a diocese for the 2016 NCCL New Wineskin Award, complete this nomination. 

Award Criteria: The ministry of the diocese(s) initiative must exhibit

  1. a strong catechetical and/or evangelization dimension;  
  2. innovative qualities;  
  3. a history or track record of at least three years;  
  4. a demonstrated record of effectiveness;  
  5. fidelity to Scripture and Church teaching.


Scholarships

There are various scholarships available to cover some or most of the costs of attendance at the Annual Conference and Exposition:

  • New Professional Catechetical Minister Scholarship: This scholarship gives CLs under the age of 40 with less than 5 years of experience as a paid CL a reduced rate for the registration fee. See the Nomination Form for more details and to apply.  NCCL’s Membership Committee makes the selections.


  • Young Adult in Ministry Initiative Scholarship: This scholarship is giving to people under the age of 30 who have at least a BA and have never been a paid full-time PCL or DCL. The registration fee is waived. See the Nomination Form for more details.NCCL’s Membership Committee makes the selections.  


  • Lee Nagel Memorial Scholarship: Up to four scholarships are given each year to Hispanics ministering as duly-appointed parish catechetical leaders in the province where the conference is held. The scholarship includes: free registration, up to $200 towards other expenses along with 1 year membership in NCCL.   Recipients will be notified by 3/13.


  • Joanne Chafe Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship provides 1 (one) person who is engaged in catechetical leadership in Canada free registration to NCCL’s Annual Conference and free individual NCCL membership for one year for self or assigned to another person. Recipient can only apply once every five years.


  • Maria Cruz Scholarship: Named after Sr. Maria de la Cruz Aymes, SH, through the generosity of William H. Sadlier, Inc., this scholarship is given to a DCL serving catechesis with Hispanics.  

 

  • Stanley and Olivia Hater Scholarship: Stanley and Olivia Hater Scholarship: This scholarship is giving to two PCLs from the host diocese of the conference. The scholarship covers the registration fee. The host diocesan director makes the selections. 


  • Carl and Janaan Manteracht Scholarship: Any member of NCCL whose spouse is also involved in church ministry is eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship covers the registration fee for both the NCCL member and spouse. The Executive Director selects the recipient couple.


  • DDRE Scholarship: The recipient must be a diocesan director and member of NCCL. The DDRE Forum selects the recipient. The scholarship covers the registration fee and gives the recipient some money towards other expenses. The amount varies, depending on the year. 


  • PCL Scholarship:  The recipient of this scholarship must be a PCL who has been an NCCL member for at least two years and a parish catechetical leader for at least five years. The scholarship provides free registration for the Annual Conference and up to $100 towards other conference-related expenses.  The recipient can not have received any NCCL scholarship for at least five years.  The applicant must complete the application form and explain their financial need.

 

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