Thanks, Seattle!

June 11, 2010 Joe Paprocki 0

I enjoyed my first visit to Seattle and spent the day with about 100 catechetical leaders talking about how to care for our catechists. I had a wonderful time and I’d like to thank all the good folks in Seattle who welcomed me and made me feel so at home. Thanks also for all of the wonderful participation in this day of formation. You inspired me greatly! Here are the smiling faces that I got […]

New Categories – Easier Navigation – Pardon My Dust!

May 28, 2010 Joe Paprocki 2

Over the next week or so, I’ll be making a few minor changes to the look of Catechist’s Journey…just doing a little “spring cleaning” and trying to spruce things up for you! Most importantly, I’ve reorganized my categories (see the column on the right side, scroll down) to make it easier for you to find things. For a while, I’ve not been satisfied with the categories I had (which is no one’s fault but my […]

Shout Out to Columbus, Ohio

May 21, 2010 Joe Paprocki 2

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!

May 19, 2010 Joe Paprocki 2

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!

May 13, 2010 Joe Paprocki 3

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…

February 3, 2010 Joe Paprocki 7

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

January 27, 2010 Joe Paprocki 4

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!

December 14, 2009 Joe Paprocki 0

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 […]

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