With fifteen years as a catechist and trainer of catechists Dino brings a wealth of experience as he shows leaders how to better engage in the new evangelization. After his first career in hotel management he changed course, obtaining two degrees in theology and catechesis. He began his professional service to the Church as Director of Religious Education in a 5,500 family parish where he served for almost a decade. He has taught and mentored almost 1,000 catechists and other Church leaders and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Family Life for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
His regular speaking engagements range from parish retreats to national conferences; from catechist workshops to marriage enrichment seminars. Comfortable in many different environments and cultures, Dino finds fulfillment helping organizations and families seek holiness and operate more effectively together.
A contributor to the RCIA Leader’s Manual (Association for Catechumenal Ministry, Liturgical Training Publications), he has also served as an adjunct professor for the University of Sacramento and trained Master Catechists for the Diocese of Oakland. Currently Dino is an adjunct lecturer for the Bishop Helmsing Institute and a facilitator for the Adult Faith Formation Team training process for parishes in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Raised Methodist, he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1995. Dino and his wife Cathy have 9 children and live on a small farm near Kansas City, Missouri.
It was a joy but also a challenge to work with Dino in this process. He took us to unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable places for good reasons that formed us into a team that is in a position to be open to, and carry out our blessed task of proclaiming the truth.
– Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, Vicar General, Catholic Diocese of Lincoln, NE
Dino Durando gave our staff the language and the tools to begin working as a cohesive team. By identifying our core purpose and values, as well as by building relationships of trust through vulnerability, obstacles that stood in our way were recognized and engaged. The entire experience was an opportunity for us to grow and to be stretched.
– Joshua P Bitting, Director, Office of Faith Formation, Catholic Diocese of Wichita
Dino Durando has made a significant and positive impact on our working group which consists of people from several diocesan offices. He has been instrumental in increasing our awareness of issues, problems and solutions. He has also aided greatly in bringing us to higher levels of cooperation and productivity. He has been challenging, understanding, positive and professional. I highly recommend his services as a facilitator for those who wish to improve their organizational cultures.
– Msgr. John Perkinton, Superintendent, Lincoln Diocesan Schools, Lincoln, NE
While it is easy for a Church group to believe their mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it is, Dino helped my staff and me to understand how we are to accomplish this divine mission in our particular church. By asking us the right questions and guiding us through their process, we now have a clear and focused plan to effectively execute the Gospel mandate of the salvation of souls.
– Fr. Jerome Cudden, O.P., Pastor, St. Dominic Catholic Church, Benicia, CA