Catholic Tradition – It's the Network!

I’m sure that by now you’ve seen the Verizon commercials with the message “It’s the Network,” showing people on Verizon wireless phones backed up by a huge crowd of Verizon workers who represent their support network. The message is clear: wherever you go, the network is there with you.

It occurred to me as I was talking with a group of catechists last night at a faith formation session, that we can think of Catholic Tradition as our “network.” When we catechists go into our teaching environment, we do not go alone. We stand on the shoulders of the apostolic Tradition – the teaching that has been handed down to us from the time of the apostles. We also have the Communion of Saints with us..truly “the most reliable network!”

It’s a nice image to have in our heads when we venture into our classrooms and wouldn’t be a bad image to share with those we teach as well! Have a nice weekend!

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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 Catholic Tradition – It's the Network!

  1. Joe, this is a fabulous example for young people! I am currently taking an online media awareness course and will put this link….

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