Mary Ellen Durante, Ph.D. is a May 2015 graduate who wrote her dissertation on: “Teaching Children How to Pray: An Essential Dimension of Religious Education in a Postmodern Age,” Mary Ellen plans to develop religious educational programs to offer as a consultant for religious educators, parents, and children. This ministry will also include a community outreach platform for interreligious dialogue.
Born in Rochester, New York, Mary Ellen chose a career in music performance that included her husband and children. In 2009 Mary Ellen began her studies at Fordham University with a concentration in family, church and community.
With an extensive background in curriculum development, music, and the arts Mary Ellen excels in integrating faith with creative educational programs that focus on performance, artistic production and assisting children and young people to realize their own creativity and potential. The underlining theme of her work is to show how quality religious educational programs and activities can provoke thoughtfulness, reflection, and spiritual awareness in serving others.