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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
November 05, 2015
For immediate release

Office of Parish Services Provides
Critical Link between Diocese, Parishes

In an effort to strengthen communications between the diocese and its parishes, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger recently established the Office of Parish Services, headed by Renée Morgiewicz, who serves as Coordinator. Miss Morgiewicz, who joined the Pastoral Center staff in July, has been reaching out to parishes and assembling lists of resources that can be used by the diocese, its parishes, and individual Catholics who want to strengthen their ministries and nourish their faith life.

“I am here to help Church leaders and the faithful navigate the resources at the Pastoral Center to provide resolutions as much as possible,” said Miss Morgiewicz, who works with other Pastoral Center departments to ensure any questions, problems, requests or needs are resolved in an expedited and professional manner.

“We want to spread the word to the priests and parish leaders that the new Office of Parish Services is here especially to serve them and their parishes, programs, and ministries,” Miss Morgiewicz explained.

Bishop Scharfenberger described the Office of Parish Services as critical to serving the needs of parishes more effectively.

“The position was created in direct response to an audit of our central organizational structures conducted last fall by Busch & Caspino in which the need to improve dedicated support services to parishes was identified,” said Bishop Scharfenberger. “The Diocesan Pastoral Center is at the service of all of our parishes, which are the main centers of evangelization, faith formation, vocational awareness and the support of family life.”

He added, “I am thrilled to have Renee as a key member of the Pastoral Center staff. She brings to this post a keen understanding of what it takes to improve organizational efficiency.”

A native of Warwick, N.Y., Miss Morgiewicz most recently served as an account executive with DialAmerica Marketing Inc., in Mahwah, N.J. She holds a Master of Science in Business Analysis from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla. She is a member of St. Mary’s parish in Crescent, where she serves as a sixth-grade catechist.