Groome, a faculty member at the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, received the award at during the NCCL annual meeting last week in Orlando.
The NCCL is composed of bishops, pastors, diocesan and parish directors of religious education, scholars and publishers of catechetical materials. Among its activities, the NCCL is helping develop a set of performance standards to be used in certifying training programs for directors of religious education.
Groome has authored several religious textbook series and is a nationally recognized authority on catechetics. When the new Catholic catechism was issued earlier this decade, he helped organize and lead workshops - including one at Boston College in the spring of 1994 - to provide an overview of the document and historical perspective on catechisms.
"This is a great honor, but I feel this is an asset to us as a university," Groome said last week. "It represents an endorsement of IREPM, and our efforts to prepare leaders for the future."
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