NCCL Distinguished Service Award

NCCL by Dr. Cheryl J. Fournier

At the 76th annual meeting of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership held in San Diego, Don Kurre, Director of the Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska was honored with the Distinguished Service Award.  The award is intended to recognize and applaud the good works of someone who has spent many years in catechesis helping individuals and communities encounter the Good News of Jesus.

The criteria for reception of the award includes; having worked in catechetical ministry a good number of years, has labored with dedication and enthusiasm, has made substantial contribution to the ministry and to the people served, has labored tirelessly, willingly and effectively for the sake of the Gospel without any thought of recognition and can be regarded as an “unsung catechetical hero,” and is a current member of NCCL or is a former member who has retired within the past 5 years.

Don Kurre has served the field of religious education for more than thirty-five years.  He has been a parish catechetical leader, a deanery leader as well as Diocesan Director.  Kurre, a longtime member of NCCL as well as a past president of the organization continues to be a stalwart proponent of the work of catechesis and evangelization.  Kurre’s engagement in the organization continues through his involvement in committee work, active participation in the Forum of Diocesan Directors as well as his passion for the greater use and integration of technology in faith formation endeavors.

Don and Imo Kurre reside in North Platte, Nebraska and are the parents of three adult children.   Don is engaged in the life of the civic community as well and shares his gifts and talents willingly, be they music, technology, organization or politics.

Upon receipt of the award, Kurre commented, “I am overwhelmed by this award.  The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership means a lot to me at the heart level.  Our ministry is effective because of the organization and because of us!  Thank you.”


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