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Syracuse Diocese Initiates the Sister Katie Eiffe Seeds of Faith Award
The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Syracuse has an annual dinner and celebration of catechetical ministry each year in early June, called Pathways to Ministry celebration.
The diocese has long honored people of great faith who have led us on a pathway to ministry. The diocese honors the late Bishop Frank J. Harrison by giving an award in his name to a person who has given outstanding service in catechetical ministry.
This year, the Syracuse Diocese is initiating a new award. In the words of Catherine Cornue, Diocesan Director of Faith Formation, “Our pathway to ministry is lifelong and ongoing! One who has been a leader along that path, a visionary, a woman of deep faith, but first and foremost, a CATECHIST, is Sister Katie Eiffe, CSJ, our former Diocesan Director of Faith Formation. It is because of Sister Katie’s gifts and ministry that we will honor her with the newly named Sister Katie Eiffe Seeds of Faith Award which will be given annually to one certified catechist from each region.”
Cathy continues: “This year’s Pathways to Ministry celebration takes place on Monday, June 4, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. Registration and socializing begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a prayer service and a fabulous buffet. After dinner, the planners will recognize newly certified catechists, certified and re-certified catechetical leaders, years of service and retirements, Formation for Ministry commissionings and, of course, the recipients of our two awards. We invite you to join with us as we celebrate our beloved Sister Katie, and the many pathways to ministry each of us follows.”
Sister Katie, a native of Rome, NY, entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1978. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/social studies from SUNY at Oswego and a master’s degree in theology from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT. Sister Katie taught for ten years in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and worked as a pastoral associate in Holy Family, Fulton, NY. She also served as regional director of religious education for both the Eastern and Northern Regions of the Syracuse Diocese and was associate director of religious education for the diocese for a year. From 2001 to 2010, Sister Katie was diocesan director of religious education for the Syracuse Diocese. Since 2012, Sister Katie has been the co-coordinator of hospitality at Carondelet Hospitality in Latham, NY.
Congratulations to Sister Katie Eiffe!