JoAnn Tier receives a plaque from Bishop O'Connell in recognition of her dedicated work in Catholic education. Staff photo
JoAnn Tier receives a plaque from Bishop O'Connell in recognition of her dedicated work in Catholic education. Staff photo
JoAnn Tier may have retired from her role as diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, but the Diocese’s shepherd wanted to ensure that her dedication would not be forgotten.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and Chancery staff visited Tier and her husband, Charles, in mid-August at their Burlington County home. Joined by Joseph Bianchi, chief administrative officer, and Kevin Cimei, chief fiscal officer, the Bishop presented Tier with a plaque that read, “In deepest appreciation for your dedication to Catholic education, 1986-2020.”

Tier served in Catholic education for 34 years, 20 of which were in the Lawrenceville Chancery. She served for 11 years as diocesan superintendent.

At the time of her July 31 retirement, she reflected on Catholic education in the Diocese of Trenton, saying, “I am truly humbled at the service learning in our Catholic schools. Students recognize the dignity of each person. They see the face of God in those whom they meet. They live the teachings of Jesus.”