Bishop honors retired superintendent, Diocese offering webinars for those in ministry

Bishop honors retired superintendent, Diocese offering webinars for those in ministry

JoAnn Tier may have retired from her role as diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, but the Diocese’s shepherd wanted to ensure that her dedication would not be forgotten.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and Chancery staff visited Tier and her husband, Charles, in mid-August in their Burlington County home. Joined by Joseph Bianchi, chief administrative officer, and Kevin Cimei, chief fiscal officer, the Bishop presented Tier with a plaque that read, “In deepest appreciation for your dedication to Catholic education, 1986-2020.”

Tier served in Catholic education for 34 years, 20 of which were in the Lawrenceville Chancery. She served for 11 years as diocesan superintendent.


With the aim of supporting parish ministry leaders as they face new challenges in their work resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Diocese is hosting two webinar presentations this month.

The first webinar took place Aug. 19, but remains available on the Diocese’s YouTube page here. The program features Julianna Stanz, director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisc., and author of “Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church.” Stanz speaks to those involved in all types of pastoral, catechetical, liturgical and formational ministry. The webinar is recommended for priests, deacons, pastoral associates, youth ministers, parish catechetical, adult faith formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults leaders, evangelization teams, Hispanic ministry leaders, marriage and Pre-Cana ministers, music ministers and pastoral council members.

There is no cost or registration to view the webinar archive video.

In the second webinar, Sarah Shutrop, director of formation at Immaculate Heart Academy, located in Bergen County, will focus on transforming a religious education classroom into a digital lesson that is engaging and interactive for students. The program will take place Aug. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The webinar, geared for catechists in religious education programs and religion teachers in Catholic schools, will offer practical tips on reaching students in grades K-8, virtual catechesis and ways to build relationships with those they catechize. Shutrop serves as director of formation at Immaculate Heart Academy located in Bergen County, where she oversees the spiritual and theological development of young women.

To register for the free webinar sponsored by the Department of Catechesis, click here. For more information, contact Denise Contino at or Debbie D’Agostaro at

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