Valley native named ministry coordinator

PORTLAND, Maine — The Diocese of Portland has named Georgette Dionne the new coordinator of children and adult ministries, a part of the diocese’s Office of Lifelong Faith Formation. 

Dionne is currently the director of lifelong faith formation for the Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth, where she has served since 2013.

Born and raised in a Franco-American family in Grand Isle, Dionne returned to her home state seven years ago to accept her current position at the Parish of the Holy Eucharist, where she oversees sacramental preparation and faith formation for families, youth, and adults. 

In addition, Dionne directed ministries for seniors and parishioners with special needs and abilities.

The coordinator of children and adult ministries coordinates the planning, implementation, and assessment related to ongoing faith formation, including the Circle of Grace safe environment training and the preparation and celebration of initiation sacraments. This includes helping parish leaders carry out these ministries at the local level.

  “The nature of this ministry brings me into broader contact with Maine parishes and their leaders, and I look forward to serving in new ways in this supportive ‘field work’ of evangelization,” said Dionne.

  She has also served as a director of faith formation at St. Bernadette Church in Orchard Park, New York (2009-2013); a certified language interpreter for the International Institute of Buffalo, New York (2006-2013); a teacher at St. Bernadette School, also in Orchard Park (1996-2009); a French tutor for children and adults in Hamburg, NY (1986-2010); and a teacher at the Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut (1979-1986).

  Dionne holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, and has completed graduate studies toward an advanced certificate in Teaching and Leading for Diversity at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

  She began her new position on Sept. 8.

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