"The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love."
- Prologue to the Catechism, CCC 25; Roman Catechism Preface 10
The Diocese of Birmingham Office of Religious Education (ORE), following the pastoral leadership and initiatives of the Bishop, serves those involved in parish religious education and faith formation programs to assist in accomplishing the goal of catechesis, leading people closer to Christ and deeper into the sacramental life of his Church. The ORE supports the catechetical leaders and the catechists of this diocese, as they in turn lead and accompany their students and families on the journey of faith.
Daniel McCormick is the director of the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Birmingham, a husband, and the father of three. Mr. McCormick has been serving in catechetical ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham for over 10 years, in positions ranging from RCIA, Catholic schools, to parish religious education programs. He earned his master's in theological studies from Spring Hill College.
Daniel is dedicated to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and his Church, serving the catechetical community, and building life-giving relationships among God's people in the diocese of Birmingham.
Dede Tynes is the administrative assistant to the Director of Religious Education, she is a wife and mother of two children. Dede has been serving in the Diocese of Birmingham since 2013 and is a parishioner at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Birmingham. Dede grew up in Mobile, AL and attended school at St. Pius X and McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. She earned her bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Auburn University. She enjoys running, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Suzanne Corso is the director of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish School of Religion since 2011. A former schoolteacher, Suzanne uses her skills with children and her passion for her faith to encourages over 400 children and catechists to be the best
Catholics they can be. She supervises a growing youth ministry for high school, middle school and elementary children.
Suzanne is married to John and has two beautiful high school children.
DRE for 7 years at St. Patrick parish in Adamsville; Choir Director and Pianist for over 16 years. Janet has a great love of both those ministries, and working in both has resulted in some of the BEST Vacation Bible School themes for the last six summers at the parish.
Janet truly believes that St. Augustine was correct when he said, "Those who sing, pray twice." She knows, however, that the saint didn't specify anything about singing "WELL." There are places in faith and music for "page turners" and "bell ringers" - for ALL who pray twice, as best they can.
Janet uses whatever grabs the attention of her students (both children and adults) to teach the faith. With Janet, effective catechesis can be humorous, serious, and musical all in the same lesson.
Jan Gile has served in the diocese for the past 23 years. She first got involved as a volunteer catechist in the Confirmation program at St. Ann Catholic Church when her oldest son graduated from St. Ann School. Jan was involved in several ministries throughout the years but was always connected with the Confirmation program. Just prior to St. Ann Catholic Church combined with Holy Family to become Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, she was hired as the DRE/YM. In 2012 she passed the Youth Ministry torch on to someone else.
Jan graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics/Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University and a few years later a M.S. in Mathematics. After 25 years of teaching Mathematics and Computer Science, she retired to take the position at Annunciation. During that time she completed the diocesan Lay Ministry Formation program and earned her MTS from Spring Hill College.
Jan was married to her husband, Bill, for 38 years prior to his death in 2010. They have three children, William, Jenifer, and Robert. Jan now has two granddaughters, Mollie, age 13, and Dillyn Marie, age 6 months.
Patti has served as a catechist for over 30 years in various parishes in the diocese, including Our Lady of Sorrows, Prince of Peace, St. Thomas and St. Theresa. For 3 years, she taught a sacramental preparation "catch-up" class for students from 3rd to 9th grade, primarily serving Hispanic families. Recently, Patti hosted a weekly Bible Study and Apologetics group for teens and their families in her home. Patti loves to share the Theology of the Body with teens as a wonderful gift from Pope St. John Paul II to the Church.
Patti graduated from UA with a BS in Marketing, and had a career in outside sales, including medical and/or pharmaceutical sales, for 16 years. For the past 3 years, she has also worked as a substitute teacher.
Patti has been married to her husband Jeff for 27 years, and they have one son, Cole. Patti homeschooled Cole during his elementary school years, and the experience with the homeschooling community enabled her to see firsthand the impact that strong parent involvement can have on the faith of our children.
Debbie very much loves teaching our Catholic faith to children, and has been involved in religious education at St. William's in Guntersville, AL for 11 years. Before that, Debbie served as homeschooling mom for her 7 children.
Debbie enjoys finding ways, old and new, to bring the faith to families so that they can share it in their daily lives. If there are opportunities for our parishes to work together to promote the good work that each is doing, please let her know!
Jennifer Roberts serves as Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of the Valley, Fort Payne.
She has been married for 42 years to her husband Dave, and is the proud grandma of seven grandchildren.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys gardening and hiking in Little River Canyon.
Jeanne began working in Religious Education in 1980 as a high schooler overseas. She has served as a catechist for grades K-high school in various parishes in eastern and central US. After moving to Tuscaloosa in 2010, she began position as Religious Education Coordinator at Holy Spirit Tuscaloosa in 2013
Jeanne has a BS in Early Childhood Ed.; taught K-4 in public and Department of Defense schools and pre-K for Head Start. She has worked in curriculum development and educational testing for 10 years at Indiana University, and currently homeschools her fifth and sixth grader
She has been married to her husband Mark for 26 years; they have five children from 22 to 10 years old.