Contact Information<br />Sr Chela Gonzalez, PhD, OP<br />2025 East Fulton Street<br />Grand Rapids, MI 49503<br />CGonzalez@GRDominicans.org <br />Phone: (616) 301-1335 (Home)<br /> (505) 385-0754 (Cell)<br />Letters of Reference upon Request<br />Education and Qualifications:<br />Doctoral Degree in Theocentric Studies (PhD)<br />LaSalle University<br />Dissertation: Theocentric Counseling<br />August, 1996<br />Master Degree in Theological Studies (MTS)<br />Oblate Graduate School of Theology<br />Thesis: Theology of Formation and Spiritual Direction<br />May, 1994<br />University of Texas at San Antonio <br />San Antonio, Texas<br />May, 1981<br />Hereford Independent School District<br />Hereford, Texas 79045<br />High School Diploma<br />May, 1972<br />Certificates:<br />Archdiocesan Catechist Certificate, Professional Level<br />Level 4 – Master Degree Level, September 1994<br />Level 3: Received September 1993<br />Level 2: Received June 1987<br />Certificate of Advanced Studies in Catholic Youth Ministry<br />National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)<br />Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1982<br />Certificado de Catequistas<br />Escuela Diocesana<br />Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico<br />Fall, 1980<br />Certificates (Continued):<br />Religious Education and Further Christian Formation<br />Diocese of Amarillo<br />Fall, 1978<br />Prophets of the Old Testament<br />Sacred Heart School of Theology<br />Sponsored by the Diocese of Amarillo<br />Summer, 1977<br />Experience and Employment Record:Ministry / Ministries:<br />Archdiocese of Santa FeArchdiocesan Director of the <br />4000 St Joseph Place Office of Religious Education<br />Albuquerque, NM 87120<br /> August 2002 – June 2010<br />Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan<br />Catholic Diocese of Fort WorthDirector of Permanent Deacon Formation<br />800 West Loop 820 South & Part-time Associate Synod Director <br />Fort Worth, TX 76108(Provided Spanish help for Synod)<br />July 1999 – August 2002<br />Bishop Joseph Delaney <br />Archdiocese of San AntonioFormation for Catechists & Catechetical Leaders<br />2718 West Woodlawn Avenue(On Faculty List)San Antonio, TX 78228-5195<br />May 1994 – July 1999<br />Archbishop Patrick Flores, Retired<br />Our Lady of Perpetual Help ChurchPastoral Associate<br />16705 North Evans Road<br />Selma, Texas 78154<br />September 1998 – July 1999<br />Pastor: Fr Conor McGrath<br />St Elizabeth Ann Seton ChurchDirector of Religious Education<br />7655 Curres Creek Road<br />Leon Springs, Texas 78015<br />Pastor: Fr Patrick Marron<br />St Helena Catholic ChurchDirector of Youth Ministries<br />14714 Edgemont <br />San Antonio, Texas 78247<br />July 1990 – September 1996<br />Pastor: Fr Leo M. Dolan<br />Previous Employment:<br />Catholic Schools in San Antonio (1983 – 1990):<br />St John the Evangelist – Kindergarten – Eighth Grades Music; After School Director<br />Holy Rosary School – Pre-Kinder; Music Minister<br />St Ann’s Parish & School – Music Teacher; Parish Director of Worship<br />Other Ministries:<br />Diocesan Ministries (San Antonio):<br /> Archdiocesan Catechetical Center:<br /><ul><li>Faculty: Levels 1 and 2, Catechist Formation
Facilitator – Theological Reflections and Verbatim, First Year Students</li></ul>Alongside my catechetical responsibilities for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, I also served in the following capacities:<br />St Norbert’s College – Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies for the Master Degree in Theological Studies Program<br />University of Dayton – IPI Diocesan Partner for the Virtual Learning Center (VLCFF)<br />Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish – Parishioner, Music Ministry, Liturgy Planner<br />Ecumenical Institute for Ministry – Faculty and Formation Committee, ABQ, NM<br />Permanent Deacon Formation for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe – Faculty<br />Escuela de Ministerios de la Arquidiócesis de Santa Fe – Faculty <br />Drawing Water from the Desert Ministries (Ecumenical)<br />Spiritual Director<br /> <br />Professional Membership:<br />National Conference of Catechetical Leaders, Member, 1998 to 2010<br />Board of Directors – Member at large, 2006 – 2010; NCCL Rep Council, Diocesan Director Representative for the Province of Santa Fe, 2005; Co-chair for the National Annual Conference Planning Committee 2002 – 2004; Hosted NCCL Conference in 2004 in Albuquerque NM <br />NCCL Liturgy Planning Committee the 1992 Annual Conference in San Antonio TX<br /> National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Member: 2002 to 2010.<br />Tekawitha Conference, Member: 2002 to 2010<br /> National Organization of Catechesis for Hispanics (NOCH), Member: 2002 - 2009<br />My wide experience in ministry includes that of Catechist, Catholic School Teacher, Youth Minister, Director of Religious Education, Music Ministry for Liturgy, Formation for Pastoral Lay Ministry Institute at Oblate, Pastoral Administrator, Catechist Formation, Supervisor of Seminarians in Theological Field Education, Director of Permanent Deacon Formation, and Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. I have directed retreats; am a certified Spiritual Director and a certified Youth Minister. I am bilingual (English and Spanish), and have some familiarity with French (spoken and read). By invitation I have presented workshops, retreats and keynotes in the (Arch) dioceses of Dallas, El Paso, Salt Lake City, Lubbock, Brownsville, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Tucson, and for the Annual National Conference for Catechetical Leaders in Kentucky, Chicago, and St Paul. <br /><ul><li>I am currently a novice with the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids. While doing my doctoral studies, I became very fond of St. Catherine of Siena, but did not meet the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids until I moved to New Mexico. It was there that I finally responded to a constant nudge—better known as God’s call—to religious life. After much prayer and discernment, I entered on Dec. 12, 2010, moving in with the sisters in Albuquerque while continuing my ministry in the Archdiocese. In August of 2010 I went to the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St Louis, and just returned to Marywood – the Motherhouse in Grand Rapids in mid-June, am currently looking for a ministry.