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News from the Department for Evangelization


Father John Hurley, CSP, Vicar for Evangelization recently made these announcements for the Department of Evangelization, effective July 1, 2018.

Name Changes
The words Word-Worship-Witness were effective in the planning process leading up to the Evangelization Framework approved by Bishop McGrath in 2016. However, these words are cumbersome in the implementation phase. With the approval of Bishop McGrath and the committees: The Word Committee will be known as the Faith Formation Commission.
The Witness Committee will be known as the Social Justice Commission. Since 2017, the Worship Committee has been known as the Liturgical Commission. The three goals for each commission remain unchanged from the Evangelization Framework, These commissions meet on the third Thursday of the month with the exception of July, August and December. Three times a year, I invite all three commission to come together as the Evangelization Council. This past year, all three committees/commissions met regularly to review the goals and to begin planning initiatives. You will be hearing more from each of these commissions in the near future on initiatives planned.

Chair – Liturgical Commission Appointment
I want to express on behalf of all of us our gratitude to Father Ritche Bueza for serving as chair of the Worship Committee and later the Liturgical Commission. He brought great vision and insights to the work of the Commission and is a great guide to the Director of Liturgy. During his tenure, the Catechumenate Committee was reconstituted as a committee of the Commission in addition to the Art and Environment Committee. With Father Ritche’s appointment as Director of Vocations, he will step down as Chair and remain a member of the Commission.

Sister Sharon McMillan, SNDdeN, a member of the Liturgical Commission, will become Chair. Sister Sharon, known by many in the diocese, received her Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy (SLD) from the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico, San Anselmo, Rome, and a Master’s Degree in Theology (Liturgical Studies) from the University of Notre Dame.

Director of the Institute for Leadership in Ministry
I want to express our gratitude to Linda Cunha-Ricchio for her eight years of service as Director. Her vision and keen insights served the Institute well and it is respected nationally in cultivating and training leaders in the Diocese. I am personally grateful to Linda, and her husband Frank, for postponing her retirement one year. I know we all wish her well, and I am sure after a nice break will find many ways to continue her service in the diocese.

Irma Alarcon de Rangel will become the new Director on July 2. Currently she serves as Director of Children Faith Formation at Saint Lucy Parish. She has a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry with a focus in Catechesis from Santa Clara University. She also serves on our Catechetical Advisory Board. Before serving full-time in the Church, Irma was an Electrical Engineer. She received her Master’s in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.

Director for Family Life & Spirituality
The Office for Family Life was included in the revised Evangelization Framework after the input from the Deanery Meetings with Father Joseph Benedict and me in late 2016 and early 2017. The revised Framework was approved by Bishop in February 2017.
Anabella Estrada will become the Director on July 2. Currently she serves as Pastoral Associate and Parish Administrator at Our Lady of Refuge Parish. Anabella will receive her Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Santa Clara University.
The director will also supervise the NFP Coordinators and the Respect Life Coordinator.

I want to express my gratitude to Hung Pham who leaves the department in June to become Director of Liturgy for the Archdiocese of Denver.