Pittsburgh Diocese creates new position of secretary for evangelization and Catholic education

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Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik has appointed Michel P. Therrien to the new position of secretary for evangelization and Catholic education for the diocese effective July 1.

Mr. Therrien is an associate professor of moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver and is a former academic dean and teacher at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

A news release from the diocese today describes Mr. Therrien as “a national leader in the New Evangelization,” a movement that encourages Catholics to demonstrate their faith in ways that attract new members or those who have left the church.

Mr. Therrien will work closely with Catholic Schools Superintendent Michael Latusek and other diocesan staff. Since late last year, Mr. Latusek has served as secretary for Catholic education in addition to serving as superintendent.

At the Augustine Institute, Mr. Therrien developed and directed graduate level courses in the New Evangelization for students on campus and through the distance learning program. During his career he has also served as a parish catechist, youth minister, director of religious education and teacher at two Catholic high schools.

“So many of us are aware of Michel’s extraordinary abilities: his intellect, administrative expertise and faithful service to the church as a Catholic scholar and innovative leader in the New Evangelization. We are blessed to have him with us, blessed to have a person of such wisdom and fidelity join our diocesan administrative staff,” Bishop Zubik said in a news release.

Mary Niederberger; mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.

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