The following comes from a Jan. 23 story on Angelus, the L.A. archdiocese online paper.

Following nearly three decades of service, Sister Edith Prendergast, RSC, will be retiring as director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, effective June 30. She will be succeeded by Father Chris Bazyouros.

Previously a parish priest, Father Bazyouros has served at several different churches in archdiocese, most recently as pastor of St. Albert the Great Church in Compton before joining the Office of Religious Education, where he has worked in the area of adult faith formation for the last year and a half.

“When I entered the office it was just such a positive experience because [Sister Edith] has created such a wonderful environment in which to do our ministry [and] gives us the freedom to try our best,” he said. “I want to continue that same positive spirit.”

As the transition date approaches, Father Bazyouros requests prayers “for all of us who work here, and for the catechists who work in their parishes, that we may continue to bring the Good News of the Gospel into the hearts of all people.”

Others joined Father Bazyouros in praising Sister Edith’s accomplished career.

“What a debt of gratitude we owe [Sister Edith] for the many years of incredible service rendered to literally thousands of people through her life and ministry,” said Msgr. Joseph Brennan, vicar general and moderator of the curia.

“She will surely continue to bring those gifts to her ministry, to us, and to her religious community, the Religious Sisters of Charity,” he said. “We pray many blessings upon her and upon Father Chris, too, as this time of change and transition begins.”

Sister Prendergast, who has served as ORE director for 27 years, describes her tenure as “a very energizing experience… It’s all been very, very positive for me….”