NORE’s Myrtle Power Receives Special CRECO Jubilee Award

Friday, June 16 2000

(Ottawa-CCCB) Myrtle Power of the National Office of Religious Education (NORE) recently received a special “Jubilee” award from the Catholic Religious Education Consultants of Ontario (CRECO) in recognition and appreciation of the dedication and excellence of her work in catechetics.

Ms. Power is especially being honoured for her role in preparing the present Born of the Spirit series, a catechetical program used in schools and parishes across Canada.

CRECO executive member Terri Kudirka said, “Ms. Power is to be congratulated for her untiring and careful attention to detail in the preparation for publication of all components of the series, and for her awareness of and contribution to catechist formation.”

Also emphasizing Ms. Power’s collaboration and research with experts in the field in the performance of her work, the CRECO executive spokesperson said the co-ordination of all aspects of program development has consistently resulted in the catechetical, theological, liturgical and pedagogical integrity of the Born of the Spirit resources. These are consciously written for the catechetical formation of children and adults, she said.

“This special one-time award was given,” said Ms. Kudirka, “because it was felt that the Jubilee Year made this a perfect time to celebrate both the programs and the people most responsible for the gift they are to the Church in Canada.”

Father John Van Den Hengel, professor of theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, also received a Jubilee award for his dedicated and long-time contribution to the Canadian catechetical series. Formerly the accompanying theologian for all of the Born of the Spirit resources, Ms. Kurdika said he was committed to the integration of a solid theological basis for each year of the series with sensitivity to the development of the child and to the person of the catechist.

Each Jubilee award is inscribed with a quotation from 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-3 : We thank God always for you, remembering your work of faith and labour of love.

The National Office of Religious Education which is the English-language Christian education service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, works under the direction of the English Sector Episcopal Commission for Christian Education.