Next Session: The Cross of Jesus / The Rosary

Tomorrow I’m off to Milwaukee for their Lifelong Faith Formation Conference…I’m presenting a session on the Old Testament.

I did a quick look ahead to this coming Monday’s session and I find that we will be focusing on the Cross of Jesus and our understanding of suffering. Our textbook points out the fact that vivid portrayals of the Crucifixion did not become commonplace until Middle Ages when suffering was so prevalent in the lives of so many people because of disease and wars. St. Francis of Assisi and his followers, the Franciscans, were responsible for promoting devotion to the Cross of Jesus, especially through the practice of praying the Stations of the Cross.

I’m thinking that this Monday will be a good time to introduce the young people to the Rosary during this Month of the Holy Rosary. In particular, we will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries since we will be focusing on the Cross of Jesus. I hope to help the young people recognize the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer that brings us closer to Jesus through his Mother, Mary.

I’ll be back on Friday!

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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

1 Comment on Next Session: The Cross of Jesus / The Rosary

  1. I could use some advise. I have had the hardest time finding a PSR teacher. We are a parish of 2000+ families and no one wants to help in this position.

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