Theology on Tap – Catholic Identity

Over the next week, I’ll be a “catechist” for young adults in a program in the Chicago Archdiocese called Theology on Tap, a speaker and conversation series for people in their 20s and 30s to learn more about the Catholic faith, make connections between faith and everyday life, and enter into conversation with peers. The program is being hosted at 40 locations throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago and 14 in the Diocese of Joliet from July 8 – August 5.

You can click on the link to the right titled My Speaking Engagements to see where I’ll be and when. Most of my presentations will be on “What Difference Does Being a Catholic Make? Five Distinguishing Characteristics of Catholics.” Here’s at peek at what I’ll be talking about:

Catholicism is defined by so much more than outward appearances. We do not create a sense of Catholic identity simply by increasing the number of statues and crucifixes in a given location. Catholicism is a way of life. This way of life is generally characterized by the following:

  • a sense of sacramentality,
  • a commitment to community,
  • respect for the dignity of human life and commitment to justice,
  • a reverence for Tradition,
  • and a disposition to faith and hope, and not despair.


I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide me to teach young adults how to deepen their commitment to Jesus Christ through the Catholic Tradition.

p.s. I wrote an article on this topic for Today’s Parish Minister online a few months back




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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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