Groome Wins Field's Highest Honor

Prof. Thomas Groome (Theology), a faculty member in the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, has been awarded the highest honor in the field of religious education. The National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors has chosen Groome to receive its Emmaus Award for Excellence in Catechesis for 2000.

Comprised of all parish-level religious education directors in the US, and under sponsorship of the US Catholic Bishops, the NPCD presents the Emmaus Award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of Catholic catechesis through writing, publishing and teaching at the college and university level.

"This award is very gratifying from a personal standpoint," said Groome, who will give the keynote address at the NPCD Convocation in April 2000. "But, more importantly, it also reflects the deep appreciation of the catechetical leadership for the work of the institute and of Boston College."

Groome has written several critically acclaimed books on Catholic schooling, including Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent , and Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, which earned a 1992 National Catholic Press Association Book Award. He received a special award in 1997 from the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership, an organization of religious education directors and publishers.

-Sean Smith

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