Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
M.A., University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
B.S., McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
Assistant Professor of Theology, 2011-present
Adjunct Faculty, 1999
National Catholic Educational Association
Executive Director, NCEA Department of Religious Education, 2003-2011
Assistant Executive Director, NCEA Department of Religious Education, 2000-2003
Manager, RE Assessments, NCEA Department of Religious Education, 1997-2000
St. James Catholic Community
Director of Catechetical Ministry, 1987-1995
Director of the Catechumenate, 1990-1995
Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D., has written articles and reviews in a variety of publications including Catechumenate: Journal of Christian Initiation, Seminary Journal, Momentum: Official Journal of the NCEA, Religion Teachers Journal and Catechetical Leader. She served as acquisitions editor for fifteen NCEA publications, with two books having received second place from Catholic Book Publishers. She was also general editor for Into the Fields: Catechist and Teacher Formation of the Whole Community – Spiritual Exercises by Dan Shutte, Twenty-third Publications, 2006. Some of her publications include the following; download her CV for a more complete listing.
Dr. Raiche reflects on her most recent work "Liturgical Catechesis and Catholic Identity" in Prisms of Faith: Perspectives on Religious Education and the Cultivation of Catholic Identity, edited by Robert E. Alvis and Ryan LaMothe, 90-112.
Liturgy is formative, contributing to Catholic Identity. To make the formative nature of liturgy more explicit, the General Directory for Catechesis and the National Directory for Catechesis highlight the integration of liturgy and catechesis through liturgical catechesis. Such integration draws upon the inductive as well as deductive operations of both liturgy and catechesis. Liturgy as formation depends on an experience of liturgy that includes and goes beyond learning about liturgy. Those who participate in liturgy also need to reflect on the liturgical experience and the languages of liturgy in relation to life experience. Such liturgical language goes beyond official prayers and assembly responses. It includes biblical and liturgical signs, symbols and images; ritual movements and gestures in the context of worship and prayer as a gathered assembly; and, appropriate liturgical music, which can reinforce scriptural texts and images that touch a person affectively. Liturgy as formative intends to contribute to and support conversion to Jesus Christ, compel participants to desire intimate communion with Christ, and transform human thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and practices in conformity to the mission Christ left to the Church. Conversion, communion and transformation, constitutive of Catholic Identity, demand an explicit liturgical catechesis to effect liturgy as formative.
-Diana Dudoit-Raiche, Ph.D.
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