Head of National Conference for Catechetical Leadership dies at age 66

Lee Nagel

Lee Nagel

Lee Nagel, executive director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership for the past eight years, died in his sleep May 26. He was 66.

His funeral Mass was to be celebrated June 3 at Resurrection Church in Green Bay, Wis., with Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau of Green Bay as the main celebrant. Burial was to follow at St. Joseph Church Cemetery in Champion.

On July 1, 2007, Nagel was appointed as executive director of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. Prior to that he was a national consultant for RCL Benziger, a Catholic publisher of parish catechetical materials.

Before Benziger, he was Green Bay’s diocesan director of total education for more than 15 years, a position he said was guided by faith.

Nagel’s reliance on faith guided his life and vocation as a Catholic educator, author, speaker and storyteller, according to friends and colleagues from the Diocese of Green Bay.

“We read in the Gospel of St. John that Jesus came to bring us life, life to the full. Lee Nagel lived life to the full, with passion and joy and good humor,” said Bishop Morneau. “He was dedicated to the Gospel and spent his energy in doing the work of evangelization, sharing the good news of Jesus. Lee was a storyteller, a friend to many.”

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