The Church of Mercy, Pope Francis’s first book detailing his vision for the Church, encourages each of us to ignite the flame within to help share the light of Christ and revitalize the Church. Ask any DRE and they’ll tell you that passionate catechists are the fuel to that flame. The Heart of a Catechist shares Pope Francis’s message that is directly focused on catechists and emphasizes their importance and value to the New Evangelization, […]
I had a wonderful afternoon with nearly 400 catechists who gathered at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Powell, Ohio, for their kick-off for the year. I was honored to speak on Practice Makes Catholic! Thanks, folks, for a great afternoon!
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the day (9 am to 3 pm with one hour for lunch) with about 100 catechists in the Diocese of Dallas, TX, exploing Church documents! I know, I know…you’re insanely jealous because you would want nothing more than to spend a Satuday exploring Church documents, right? Believe it or not, we actually had a wonderfully engaging day that went by quickly. When it comes to Church […]
Many of you are familiar with the many free webinars I’ve offered over the past few years for catechists and catechetical ministers in general. If so, you are also familiar with my friend and colleague Carrie Freyer who works behind the scenes on these webinars, answering your questions and seeing to the needs of participants. Well, Carrie is going to step out from the shadows and join me at the microphone as together we offer […]
No, I’m not thanking Green Bay for anything the Packers have done recently! I’m sending my sincere thanks to all the good folks up there who hosted a couple of wonderful catechetical events that they invited me to speak at. On Wednesday, October 26, I spent the evening with about 250 catechists in Appleton, WI, talking about The Catechist’s Toolbox. What an outstanding turnout! The next day, I spent the morning with about 75 catechetical […]
I received the most incredible unsolicited endorsement of my book, The Catechist’s Toolbox, from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada! The Director of Catechetics and Faith Formation, Judy Vermette, sent me the following. (the prayers she is referring to are the prayers at the end of each chapter). Hi Joe, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg and the Archdiocese of St. Boniface have collaborated to bring your book “The Catechist Toolbox” as the theme for a […]
A great big THANK YOU to all of the good folks in Albany, NY, who participated in my workshops at the Spring Enrichment conference! We had a great time exploring ways to grow as catechists and how to make our classes more “Catholic.” After a couple of days to catch my breath, it’s off to Atlanta for the NCCL Conference where I’ll be doing a couple of presentations on catechetical leadership…always an honor to speak […]
I’ve been exploring various Web sites for creative ideas for catechists that don’t break the bank. One place that I’ve been shopping from for years is Autom. If you’re patient enough to sift through the kitschy and fluffy stuff, you can find some good catechetical tools at very reasonable prices. An item that recently caught my eye is the “My Faith Poster.” The poster is 15 x 21 and invites students to express themselves artistically […]
Alison writes: Hi Joe , could you please give me an explanation on why and when Catechetical Sunday was started and the role of catechists and the community as with regard to catechetical sunday? Here’s some good background on what Catechetical Sunday is all about and how it came about (I found this on the Web site for the Diocese of Fargo) – The third Sunday of September in the United States is celebrated as […]
Greetings from the South (Birmingham, Alabama), where I am spending a few days with catechists, Catholic school teachers, and DREs, exploring Catholic Identity. Here’s a pic I took of a catechist recognition ceremony following my presentation. Thanks to all the good folks down here for such warm Southern hospitality!