By the Rev. Phillip Rask, rector
St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity

The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas announces the appointment of Charlotte Berres, D.Min., as the new director of field education and coordinator of student services to succeed Sister Carol Rennie. Berres will work with Rennie on a part-time basis beginning Nov. 1 and will assume her duties full time on Dec. 1.

Berres has a strong academic background and a breadth of experience in parish ministry. She received the doctor of ministry (1996) and master of divinity (1993) degrees from the St. Paul Seminary and a master of arts in counseling and psychology (1992) from St. Thomas. Her doctoral thesis was titled “A Theological and Practical Reflection on a Training Program for Volunteer Worship Leaders in the Roman Catholic Church.” She also completed a master’s in pastoral studies at the University of St. Paul in Ottawa and a bachelor of arts in education and theology at the College of St. Catherine.

Berres brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry. In the parish setting, she has served as parish administrator and coordinator of liturgy and has supervised volunteer ministers in a wide range of direct services to the sick and the elderly. Presently, she manages a group home for developmentally disabled adults and serves as a pastoral coordinator at St. Mark’s Parish in St. Paul.

Rennie is leaving the seminary after 13 years of service to become director of the Benedictine Center in Maplewood. We are grateful for her invaluable contributions to the Teaching Parish Program, to the seminary community and to the church.