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									                                        PRESS RELEASE
                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:                                                                      July 17, 2006
Deirdre Trabert Malacrea
908-769-5400 x 126
                        RENEW International Announces Executive Director
                     Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP to lead international Catholic organization

Plainfield, NJ – RENEW International, a Catholic not-for-profit organization based in Plainfield, NJ, has
selected Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, to serve as its Director. RENEW International has a 26-year record in
revitalizing parish life through out the world through its faith-based initiatives focused on faith formation and
spiritual renewal.

Sr. Rickard, along with Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler who will continue in his capacity as President, takes the
lead in a 45-person organization that serves the needs of people and parishes in many relevant ways.
RENEW’s newest ministry is an innovative approach to young adult outreach that combines Campus
RENEW, focused on college students, with Theology on Tap, for Catholics in their 20s and 30s. These two
efforts seek to engage young adults in their faith and draw them more fully into the life of the Church.

Sr. Terry, 49, is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, New York. She completed an MA in Religion and Religious
Education at Fordham University, she hold a Masters in Divinity degree and is currently a candidate for the
Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Reflecting
her early ministry in multi-cultural parishes in the South Bronx in New York City, Sr. Rickard has developed
a keen appreciation for the blessings and challenges of parish life and a strong commitment to the
underprivileged. Besides parish work Sr. Terry was a member of the Archdiocese of New York Parish
Mission Team, and was the Director of Vocation and Formation ministry for her Dominican congregation.

Sr. Terry is a well-known retreat leader and an outstanding speaker. Her enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel
of Jesus Christ is contagious. For the past three years, she led the development and expansion of Why
Catholic?, RENEW’s well-received diocesan process for strengthening faith among adults based on
Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Over 30 dioceses have launched Why Catholic? within
the past two years, revitalizing the faith of hundreds of thousands of parishioners with solid catechetical
materials and trainings geared towards adult learning.

RENEW International is a canonically recognized Catholic organization operating under the auspices of the
Archdiocese of Newark. Archbishop John J. Myers is the Chairman of the Corporate Board of Trustees.
Commenting on the appointment, Archbishop Myers said, “I am pleased that RENEW International’s
important mission will be carried forward by someone with Sr. Terry’s experience and enthusiasm for
serving God’s people.”

RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, serving people in Europe,
South America and Africa. RENEW has worked with priests and bishops in 23 countries, and its materials
have been translated into 44 languages. Currently, RENEW is working with Burundian bishops to
promulgate a peace-building process designed to defuse inter-ethnic conflict through spiritual engagement.

Please direct media inquiries to Deirdre Trabert Malacrea, at 908-769-5400 x126 or email
Deirdre@renewintl.org. A photo of Sr. Rickard is available by email.

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