WASHINGTON (July 21, 1998) -- Brian Keane, for the past six years Director of the Office for Religious Education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, has been named Coordinator of Assessment in the Office for the Catechism, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective October 1.
Father John Pollard, Director of the Office for the Catechism, announced the appointment. "Brian will bring to his new responsibilities a combination of catechetical leadership skills and the experience of working in close collaboration with the staff of the Office for the Catechism," Father Pollard said. "We are very grateful to Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh who is losing an outstanding staff member to service on a national level."
The primary responsibility of the Coordinator for Assessment is to coordinate the reviews of catechetical materials for their conformity with the Catechism.
Brian Keane holds masters degrees in Theology from Duquesne University and Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco. He has served on the advisory committee of the National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education and is currently chair of the Pennsylvania Conference of Catechetical Leadership. He has also served the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism in several capacities over the past three years.
Mr. Keane has been a parish director of religious education, a high school religion teacher, and head of the school's religion department. He has published articles in Momentum, the journal of the National Catholic Educational Association.
Brian Keane will suceed Father Thomas DeVries, who is returning to an assignment in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. "Father DeVries has done a superb job and made a major contribution to the work of the office," Father Pollard said.
The bishops established the Office for the Catechism in 1995 to assist the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism.