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Religious Education for Children

Welcome! Thank you for exploring our Religious Education offerings at Ascension Parish. Our 2021/2022 Program details will be available by the end of June 2021.

Farewell remarks from Diane Lawrence-Moriarty. 

View the video below for a farewell message from Diane Lawrence-Moriarty. Diane also explains a bit about our RE Team structure for the 2021/22 school year. Below the video you will find brief introductions for our RE Team.
 
Thank you, Diane, for your dedication to the Religious Education Program! We wish Diane the very best and many blessings in her future endeavors, and we are grateful that, although she'll no longer be working at Ascension parish, she will still be joining us as a parishioner! Please read further for more kind words about Diane from Father Rex.

 

Join us in welcoming our Religious Education Team for the 2021-2022 School Year

 

Tim Smyth will be our new Traditional Religious Education Coordinator

JaneAnne Campbell will be our new Sacrament Coordinator for

First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation

Peggy Swanson will oversee the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program

Christi Walkup will continue as Religious Education Administrator

 

Tim SmythTim Smyth. I have served as a catechist and member of the Ascension Knights of Columbus. I received a B.A. in Religious Studies from DePaul University, Chicago, and an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Dominican University, River Forest. Prior to working as Coordinator of Traditional Religious Education, I ran my own social business dedicated to providing transitional employment for at-risk youth and returning citizens. I reside in South Oak Park with my wife, Joanne, and my twin daughters, Maggie and Emily.

 

As catechists, I believe that our first responsibility is to help students establish a firm grounding in Catholic teaching. In our increasingly secular culture, we need to help our young people develop a clear understanding of how God is classically defined, the proper relationship between faith  and science, and how the Catholic tradition approaches scripture. It is my hope that our students will also come to cherish the sacraments and take inspiration from the saints and Catholic culture, with particular emphasis on our rich history of social justice and the arts.

 

JaneAnne Cambell headshotJaneAnne Campbell has been involved in parish ministry work for thirty years and will receive an MA in Liturgical Ministry from Catholic Theological Union in August. She has been a member of Ascension since 2008: she and her husband, Ray, sing in the choir; and their children, Richard and Lizzie, attended Religious Education and sacramental prep at Ascension. JaneAnne is excited to be joining the Ascension staff and looks forward to working with the First Communion and Confirmation programs.

 

Peggy SwansonPeggy (Margaret) Swanson. I have been a member of Ascension parish since 1980. My husband Eric and I have 5 children now married, and 18 living grandchildren, 10 of whom live in Oak Park. The other 8 are in nearby Oak Lawn and Crystal Lake. I retired as manager of Maze Library in 2007 to spend more time with my grandchildren who range in age from almost 2 years up to 19.

 

I trained as a level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) catechist in 2012. The CGS program has enriched my faith life immeasurably! I also became a lector at Ascension a few years ago.

 

During the past pandemic year I joined a team of catechists to produce the monthly subscription box/bag we called “Gifts From God”. The work of creating this family faith project was challenging and rewarding. Diane Lawrence was the glue that held the project together and she will be greatly missed. We are very much in a transition year in Oak Park Catholic parishes. Part of this transition is creating a management quilt of the DRE’s responsibilities for the 2021-2022 school year. Diane asked me to consider filling the ministry of coordinating the CGS program at Ascension during this upcoming school year, and I accepted this new challenge.

 
We are in the process of planning our 2021/2022 Religious Education programs.  Our website will be updated with more details by the end of June 2021. Please check back for more information.  
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Religious Education office at religious.ed@ascensionoakpark.com

 

Updated May 2021
 
We are in the process of planning our 2021/2022 Religious Education programs.  Our website will be updated with more details by the end of June 2021. Please check back for more information.  
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Religious Education office at religious.ed@ascensionoakpark.com
 
Thank you!