Betty Schumacher appointed by bishop
Sr. Betty Schumacher of the Monastery of St. Gertrude was appointed by Bishop Michael Driscoll to serve as the Diocese of Boise Director of Education Ministries effective July 1, 2005.
Sr. Betty succeeds Sr. Clarissa Goeckner who was recently elected Prioress to the monastery.
“I welcome Sr. Betty to our diocesan staff,” said Bishop Driscoll. “She is very well qualified for this position. She has a deep commitment to the Catholic formation and education, and I know that under her direction our education ministries will continue to help Idaho Catholics of all ages grow in their faith.”
Sr. Betty is presently parish life director at Sacred Heart Church in Boise. Since 1970, she has taught in Catholic schools at the elementary and middle school levels, served as principal at St. Anthony’s School, Pocatello, and Sts. Peter and Paul School, Grangeville, and served as a pastoral associate at St. Mary’s Parish, Boise, Sacred Heart Parish, Bellevue, WA, and at Sacred Heart, Boise.
As a pastoral associate and parish life director her duties included: religious education director; sacramental preparation; Rite of Christian Initiation director; liturgy; catechist formation; development and formation of small church communities; adult education; retreat presenter; and working with parish groups like Grief Ministry Team, AIDS Ministry Team, Welcome Ministry, Social Concerns Commission, and Generations of Faith.
Sr. Betty has facilitated catechist workshops on the deanery and local levels and served as spirituality coordinator for the Ministerial Development Program and chairperson of its Board of Directors. She has also served on and chaired several diocesan task forces, presented workshops for Diocesan Fall Conferences, and served as a member of the Bishop Kelly High School Board of Governance.