Shout Out to Columbus, Ohio

A great big SHOUT OUT to all the good folks of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, who came out to spend a day with me exploring how to take care of our catechists, ensuring that their formation pays attention to 3 dimensions: being, knowing, and doing. Thanks for such a great day!                   Mixing pleasure with business, I was able to bring my mom along to Columbus […]

Encouraging Our Fledgling Actors!

Many catechists enjoy having their students perform skits, role plays, or short plays. It can be a great way of encouraging some young people to hone their acting/public speaking skills. Who knows, you may have a future Olivier of Streep in your class! Anyway, one of my readers would like to share the fact that she is also an author of a book titled 12 Fun and Easy Plays for Middle Schoolers (Twenty-Third Publications). Quiet […]

Dinner with 600 (give or take) of My Best Friends!

Last night, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending the annual Chicago Archdiocesan Catechetical Ministries Awards Banquet at the Drury Lane in Oak Brook. This wonderful affair is a celebration of all things catechetical and is attended by over 600 catechists, DREs, pastors, and archdiocesan officials, including Cardinal Francis George, OMI, the Archbishop of Chicago. The evening is an opportunity for the Archdiocese to recognize 8 Archdiocesan honorees as well as a bevy […]

In My Mind, I'm Goin' to Carolina…

Actually, not only in my mind but also in my body! I’m off to Charotte, North Carolina for a couple of presentations before heading to Columbia, SouthCarolina for a presentation on Saturday! I look forward to meeting lots of catechists and DREs from the Carolinas. Thought maybe I’d catch a break from the Chicago weather for a few days but it sounds like our midswestern winter weather is following me there! Oh well, I’ll just […]

"Bell Work" Activities

Here’s a great post from Jared Dees’ blog The Religion Teacher about what he calls “Bell Work” activities. While they are most helpful for religion teachers in Catholic schools, there are a lot of ideas here that catechists can also apply to parish religious education settings.

Thanks to All and Congratulations to Sue!

Thanks to all of you who sent in such heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of my 3rd “blogiversary!” It means a lot to me to read about the many ways that my blog has touched the lives of catechists! Congratulations to Sue who sent in the following comment and is the winner of the drawing for an autographed set of my Loyola Press books! “Well done,my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in […]

Las Posadas, the Augustinians, the Jesuits, and Las Pastorelas

I made mention in my post yesterday that my initial research into the history of Las Posadas indicates some Jesuit origins. Well, you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet! 2 of my colleagues – Santiago Cortés-Sjöberg and Miguel Arias – set me straight on the matter. It seems that it was the Augustinians who introduced Las Posadas as a way to evangelize the Aztecs in the 16th century. The Augustinians requested and received […]

Activities! Activities! Activities!

Catechists are always looking for additional activities to supplement their lessons and to bring the lessons to life. This came up quite a bit in the catechist training webinars last week, especially in the Q & A. I told people to check with publishers’ Web sites since most provide some kind of help.


Now that we have journeyed through our online retreat for catechists, let me tell you what’s up next for Catechist’s Journey: FREE WEBINARS! “Getting Started as a Catechist: Welcome to the Catechist’s Toolbox” Facilitator: Joe Paprocki, DMin Brought to you by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry   Wednesday, August 19, 2009: Part One Wednesday, August 26, 2009: Part Two 7:15 – 8:15 pm (CT), both dates   Becoming a catechist is exciting and, let’s face […]

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