Catechetical Coordinator for Department of Formation & Mission Named

By Colleen Rowan

WHEELING—The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Department of Formation & Mission has announced that April S. Bailey has been hired as a catechetical coordinator.

The position is newly established in the Department of Formation & Mission, formerly the Office of Faith Formation. Through her new role, in which she officially started July 22, Bailey will be visiting parishes across the diocese to provide training, support and assistance in formation. She is one of two catechetical coordinators for the department; the position of the second coordinator has not yet been filled. Both will be based in Wheeling.

“As one of the catechetical coordinators,” Bailey said, “I will be helping to train the catechists so I will be collaborating with and visiting parishes, working with them and collaborating with sacramental prep.”

Bailey is a native of Valley Center, Kan., outside of Wichita. For the last 11 years, she served as a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., where she was the main sacraments teacher and taught classes on Scripture, morality and church history. She is also a 2003 graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Bailey said she hopes to use her background in teaching to assist the diocese’s catechists.

“One of the things I would like to accomplish, coming from a background of teaching,” she said, “is to really aid catechists and help train them in teaching skills and teaching practices.” Many catechists, she noted, have been working in their roles for a long time, and she wants “to give them more support and more resources.”

“April brings a strong skill set,” said Robert Jones, director of the Department of Formation & Mission. “She has taught most of the courses we expect people to know as catechists … and has a strong background in curriculum. She’s very approachable and easy to get to know.”