HARTFORD – Sister Mariette J. Moan, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, has been named vicar for religious for the Archdiocese of Hartford.
The position makes her responsible for 715 members of consecrated life in the archdiocese.
The vicar for religious is an official representative of the archbishop in matters regarding consecrated life. In this capacity, Sister Mariette serves as his liaison and offers pastoral concern, provides appropriate resources and facilitates collaborative structures for leaders and members of the various forms of consecrated life to enhance their vocation within the church.
The ministry of the vicar for religious is primarily one of service: service to the archbishop when acting as his representative; service to members of consecrated life in areas essential to their growth; service to the archdiocese by supporting, in whatever way possible, the vocation to consecrated life. This year, Sister Mariette’s responsibilities will also include preparations for “The Year of Consecrated Life,” which Pope Francis has announced will begin on Nov. 29, 2014, and extend through Feb. 2, 2016, as well as the coordination of the annual Retirement Fund for Religious campaign.
Sister Mariette previously was the director of the archdiocese’s Office for Religious. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the Pontifical University of St. Anselm in Rome; a diploma in spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, also in Rome; a diploma in pastoral liturgy from St. Paul University in Ottawa; a master’s degree in music education from New York University; and a bachelor’s degree in French from Southern Connecticut State University. She also did graduate coursework in theology and liturgy at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Rome.
Sister Mariette is also a linguist. In August, the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Office of Catholic Bishops asked her to be part of a committee that will assist in the revision of the English translation of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official cycle of the church’s daily prayer.