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Mary Birmingham has been involved in RCIA ministry on a national level since 1992 and since then extended her ministry serving as the former director of music, liturgy, and Christian Initiation at Ascension Catholic Community in Melbourne, Florida. Mary is a graduate of Saint John University's School of Theology, Collegeville, Minnesota, with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Liturgy. Mary previous recognition includes the annual "Sower Award" from the Diocese of Orlando for excellence in the area of evangelization on a local and national level. Mary is a former team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and is a popular presenter at national and diocesan workshops in the areas of initiation, sacramental and liturgical catechesis across the United States and Canada.