New York, New York!

I had a wonderful weekend in New York, visting with catechists at the NY Catechetical Convocation in White Plains on Saturday. The room had a capacity for 135 but folks kept streaming in, standing along the walls or sitting on the floor to join in on our conversation around the theme of “So What? Why Do We Have to Know This?” I picked that title to capture critical question that young people are asking us (whether directly or indirectly) – what does the Gospel have to do with my life? We had a wonderful workshop together albeit a bit too short (an hour – isn’t that always our problem as catechists – never enough time!)

Thanks to all who participated. My apologies for running short on handouts. I brought just enough to handle the room’s capacity…I never imagined we would have such an overflow. For your convenience, I’m making it available here in pdf format.


As always, if you’d like to keep the conversation going, post a comment or send me an email!

Thanks, New York, for your hospitality. What a wonderful place to celebrate my birthday 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. Joe,
    I throughly enjoyed your presentation at White Plains. It was very informative as well as enjoyable.
    I took notes and hope to put them to good use.
    Thanks again,
    Pat Darcy

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