Sister Antoine Lawlor named director of Pastoral Priorities for the Camden Diocese

Sister Antoine Therese Lawlor, IHM has been named director of Pastoral Priorities for the Diocese of Camden. Since 2006, she has served as associate director of pastoral planning.

“When Bishop Galante asked me to be the director of Pastoral Priorities I began to dream about this day, simply to come together and celebrate who we are as the Church of South Jersey and to begin to harvest our gifts,” Sister Antoine remarked on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the “Harvesting Gifts for the Church of Camden” event held at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown.

A former elementary school teacher and principal, Sister Antoine was assistant superintendent of schools for the Camden Diocese from 1996-2002, where she developed a comprehensive religious education curriculum for the Catholic elementary schools in the diocese, a model that was shared with all of the New Jersey dioceses.

She also was responsible for marketing and promoting Catholic Schools in the diocese. Named a National Catechetical Scholar by the National Catholic Education Association, she is currently master catechist for the diocese’s Catechist Formation Program and has authored diocesan catechist formation courses.

Sister Antoine left Camden for Chicago in 2002 to take up doctoral studies. Upon return, she worked briefly for Catholic Charities as a spiritual counselor for AIDS clients at the Garden State Infectious Disease Clinic in Voorhees.

A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar, Sister Antoine holds a doctorate from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a master’s degree in religious education from the Angelicum, Rome and a bachelor’s in theology from Immaculata College, Immaculata, Pa.

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