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Staff Bios

Mary Mirrione

Mary Mirrione

National Director

Mary was sent to explore the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1992 by her pastor, who had seen an atrium at another parish.  Falling in love with the work, she began to build the environment with a small team of catechists.  She discovered the joy with which the children received the announcement of the Gospel and saw a deep, unique relationship between God and the child. Read More
Karen Maxwell

Karen Maxwell

Director of Formation

Karen became involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1990 as an assistant in a newly established Level I atrium when her oldest daughter was four years old.  She quickly became immersed in helping to make materials for the atrium and in Level I training to become a catechist.  She was moved by the spiritual depth offered to the youngest children and found this approach to faith formation to be personally enriching as well.  Following her participation in each succeeding formation course (Levels II and III) over the next five years, she helped to begin an atrium for the children of her church, which was the first in Georgia to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  She was a volunteer coordinator for CGS for seven years before being hired on staff for the same role in her church for another seven years. Read More
 
Lourdes Vázquez

Lourdes Vázquez

Spanish Language Coordinator

Lourdes began her work in the Catechesis in 1991 as a volunteer with the Diocese of Phoenix.  She completed a Level I formation course led by Maria Christlieb and Ines Gonzalez in 1996.   She completed her Level II formation with Catherine Maresca in 1999.   She completed a Level III  formation course led by Mindy Longwell and Claudia Margarita Schmitt. Read More
Debbie Dobson

Debbie Dobson

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Formation

Debbie brings a passion for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with children and has been trained in all three levels of CGS serving the children in her parish,  St. Peter Chanel Catholic since 2008. In addition, Debbie's business background is in finance and management information systems. She and her husband have a college aged son and two teenage daughters.
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Mary Heinrich

Mary Heinrich

Membership Coordinator

Mary Heinrich began her journey with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2001 when her daughter was three years old. She has been trained in all three levels of the catechesis, and is a formation leader throughout the United States, working primarily in Level I and Level II courses. She works in the atrium at St. Augustin Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Mary's previous ministry experience includes work as a parish director of religous education in the catholic church for thirty years and religion consultant/editorial department for religion textbook company. Mary was also part of the the first MAPS-CGS cohort (2006-2010) at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. MO. Her involvement as catechist and as formation leader has been a gift for her.
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Nancy Hardy

Nancy Hardy

Shepherd's Closet Coordinator
 
Nancy first discovered the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1989 at a religious education conference in Phoenix. She convinced two volunteers to go for training. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is truly the most effective program she has ever experienced.
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Molly Murphy

Molly Murphy

Office Manager

Molly’s recent experience has been in Healthcare as a Project Manager, Implementation Specialist and Practice Administrator.  While working as a Practice Administrator and Billing manager she managed employees, processed payroll and performed bookkeeping functions.
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Lisa Kelley

Lisa Kelley

Administrative Assistant
 
Lisa started her work in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Parish in Gilbert, AZ in 2004. She began in child care and was led to formation training in 2007 by Mary Mirrione and her desire to learn more. She has completed both Level I and Level II formation training and is currently in a Level II atrium with Reconciliation age children.
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