California Dreamin'!

I spent the weekend in northern California and had the privilege of speaking at the Faith Formation Conference sponsored by 5 dioceses, held in Santa Clara. I did 2 presentations – one on introducing kids to the Bible (God’s Library) and one on catechist skills and qualities (The Catechist’s Toolbox). Each workshop had between 150 and 200 participants and we had a wonderful time together!

I enjoy meeting so many wonderful catechists from all these different parts of the country! We met one catechist – a religious – who has been a catechist for 43 years! You should have seen the smile on her face that would not go away…she was just beaming with happiness! God bless her!

To top it all off, I got to stay the weekend with my cousin Mike and his wife Mary Kay and their kids, Mike, Megan, and Molly. Cousin Mike and I, along with our siblings, shared a lot of growing up together and it was just awesome to be able to catch up with him (he’s been out in CA for 30 years!).

God is good.

Joe with cousin Mike in California
Joe with cousin Mike in California
We also took in a San Jose Sharks hockey game!
We also took in a San Jose Sharks hockey game!


About Joe Paprocki 2764 Articles
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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