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(ST. LOUIS) – Sister Diane Koorie, R.S.M., an adjunct faculty member of Aquinas Institute of Theology, has been chosen to Chair the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lay Ministry (NALM). Sister Koorie’s new position was announced at the 34th NALM Annual Conference, held in June, 2010, in Pittsburgh, PA.

The NALM is an organization formed to support and advocate for lay ministers and to promote the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church. Membership is drawn from lay, religious and ordained ministers serving in parish, diocesan and academic roles.

Sister Koorie has served since 2001 in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City as the Director of the Aquinas Ministry Formation program. This program, offered by Aquinas Institute in collaboration with the Oklahoma City Archdiocese, prepares men and women for ministry by offering a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.

Sister Koorie joins two other new NALM board members; Gerald J. Tortorella of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Cecelia M. Bennett of the Loyola Institute for Ministry.

Diane Koorie holds an M.R.E. from Loyola Univeristy and and M.Ed. from the University of Georgia.

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