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Schmidt, Dietrich to serve churches

July 08, 2008

BOONSBORO - Two new additions have been announced for St. James Catholic parish in Boonsboro.

· Brigitte Schmidt is the new coordinator of religious education for St. James.

In her position, Schmidt will oversee the parish's youth-faith formation for kindergarten through eighth grade with approximately 120 youth enrolled.

Other activities will include the parish Vacation Bible school, Christmas pageant and annual All Saints Day parade in downtown Boonsboro.

Prior to this, Schmidt was a catechist at St. James and also helped coordinate the parish Christmas pageant, Vacation Bible school and All Saints Day parade.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Mount St. Mary's University and a master's in special education/human service management from Western Maryland College (renamed McDaniel College.)

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A stay-at-home mom for the last nine years, Schmidt previously worked for Melwood as an admissions/quality assurance manager for vocational services, providing support for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Before Melwood, Brigitte was a case manager/advocate for the Arc of Frederick County, Md.

The Schmidts have been parishioners of St. James for the past four years and previously were members of St. Peter's parish while living in Olney, Md.

A Mary Kay consultant in her spare time, Schmidt enjoys reading and cooking. She and her husband, Bruce, have three children, Olivia, 9, Henry, 7, and Maggie, 4.

The Schmidt family is hosting an exchange student in their home, Ye Lim, from South Korea.

· Beginning July 1, April Dietrich is the new pastoral associate at St. James and also for St. Augustine parish in Williamsport.

At St. James, she will oversee the parish youth ministry program, family ministry, parish outreach and confirmation. At St. Augustine, her primary responsibilities will be the adult faith formation program, Rite of Christian initiation for adults and children and confirmation.

Both parishes are led by Father Steve Hook.

"At first it looks like the job entails complex duties, divided between the two parishes, but it seems like it will all mesh together. I hope that it will become almost seamless - where every aspect of the ministry is somehow connected with the other," Dietrich said.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dietrich has been working in parish ministry for the past 17 years in Syracuse, Baltimore and Central Maryland. Most recently she was director of adult catechesis at St. John the Evangelist in Frederick. She holds a masters of arts degree in theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University.

April, husband Steve and their 9-year-old daughter, Cat, live in Mount Airy, Md., and are members of St. Peter the Apostle parish in Libertytown, Md.

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