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Judene Indovina

Director, Family Ministry and Faith Formation, Diocese of Pittsburgh

Statement of Research Interest/ Problem of Practice: 
Judene's research focuses on the contribution of main line religion textbooks to Scriptural Illiteracy among Catholic American youth, and the possible remedy through a fuller presentation of salvation history in religious instruction.

As the Director of Family Ministry and Faith Formation of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Judene Indovina supervises religious education programs for over 28,000 children in Catholic parishes in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties. Judene also supervises family and marriage ministry programs throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Her responsibilities include leadership and professional development of Catechetical Administrators, Master Catechists and Marriage Ministers. She further collaborates in the administration of catechetical certification for religious education instructors of children. Judene is excited to be a part of the Secretariat for Leadership and Evangelization, which is charged with parish revitalization throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Recently, Judene was instrumental in organizing a grant for $4 million dollars, to assist leaders in Religious Education further their professional development through higher education and other various forms of training.

Judene graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She completed a Master's in Religious Education at Gannon University. She is certified to teach in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. She is a tenured teacher for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Judene's background in Religious Education is broad and rich, having taught and administrated in all major areas of the discipline in both school and parish settings. After completing her Masters, Judene taught theology at Quigley Catholic High School. There she also served as Department Chair of Theology and Director of Campus Ministry. For eight years, Judene worked worked in administration as a Director of Religious Education and Adult Education Coordinator in parishes.

Judene Indovina has received the Religious Education Endowment from the Diocese of Erie, The Franciscan University Education Department Award, and the National Collegiate Education Award. She is a member of Pennsylvania Catechetical Leadership Committee, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA, and is a consultant for the St. John Bosco National Catechetical Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Judene was named to the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She has done Biblical study in Israel and Jordan, has traveled abroad to Japan and Europe, and plays organ, piano and is a skilled cantor, choir member.

Mentored by: Dr. Petroc Willey
Director of the Catechetical Institute and the Office of Catechetics
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Petroc Willey BD, Ph.D., S.T.L., Ph.D.,  studied theology at King's College, London and philosophy at Liverpool University, where he received his doctorate. He later received his S.T.L. from the Pontifical University, Maynooth and an ecclesiastical doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.  Dr. Willey has worked in Catholic higher education, in Oxford and in Birmingham, for more than twenty-five years, in seminary and lay institutions. From 1985-1992, he was Lecturer in Christian Ethics at Plater College, Oxford. From 1992-2013, he worked at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, where he first directed the Masters Programme and then went on to be Deputy Director and the Dean of Graduate Research. On leaving Maryvale, he helped to establish a center of formation for the New Evangelization, the School of the Annunciation, in Buckfast, England, before moving to Franciscan University of Steubenville. 

A Consultor to the Vatican for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization in Rome, Petroc was for more than twenty years editor of The Sower, a journal for catechetical leaders. He also hosted the EWTN Catholic television series, Handing on the Faith. 

He has authored numerous study texts in philosophy and theology at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as Become What You Are: The Call and Gift of Marriage, with his wife, Katherine Willey (HarperCollins). His recent publications include The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis, co-authored with Barbara Morgan and Pierre de Cointet, and with an introduction by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn; several chapters in The Pedagogy of God (Caroline Farey, Sr Johanna Paruch and Waltraud Linnig, eds.,Emmaus Road) ; ‘Education: An Ethical Activity', in Andrew B Morris (ed): Applied Ethics - Catholic Education Across Four Continents (Cambridge ScholarsPublishing); and ‘The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the New Evangelisation', in Paul Grogan and Kirsten Kim (eds), The New Evangelization: Faith, People, Context and Practice (Bloomsbury T & T Clark).