Thanks for the Inspiration – Looking Ahead to Week 2

Thanks so much to all of you for participating in this online retreat for catechist and for your inspirational introductions (133 as of today) ! And they’re still coming in!

Keep ’em coming! You can jump in at any time!

st000327I’m amazed at the variety of our retreat group. Since the week began, we’ve averaged nearly 400 visitors each day, now from 26 countries! As of today, 319 people have viewed the introductory video. We’ve heard from 46 of the United States of America alone! We have people who are in the first year of ministry (or preparing to begin) all the way to people who have been in the catechetical ministry for 30, 40, even 50 years!

So many of your stories are inspiring, poignant, uplifting, and even funny.

Let’s continue to spend the last few days of this week getting to know one another. If you’ve not yet introduced yourself, please consider doing so. Click here to go to the introductory post: view the video, read the post, and then follow the directions to post your introduction.

If you’ve already posted your introduction, I invite you to return over these next few days for a few minutes to read the introductions of your fellow retreatants and to get to know one another better by using the convenient reply link at the end of each comment to offer affirmation, ask a question, or just chat.

Come Monday morning, we’ll turn our attention to the first characteristic of the spirituality of the catechist: an openness to God.

In the meantime, let’s continue praying for one another and for all of our fellow catechists!

P.S. I couldn’t resist adding this little bit of levity that catechists everywhere can relate to!  Enjoy. 🙂

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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

9 Comments on Thanks for the Inspiration – Looking Ahead to Week 2

  1. Needed that bit of humor today….that poor priest or vicar….can relate to being bombarded with one question after another….and also had that look on my face…thanks for sharing!

  2. Funny, but so true. The poor priest or minister in that situation. I can really relate with the numerous questions and thoughts children have. thanks for the laugh!

  3. I wish this would have been a part of my theological training! This is the kind of real and exciting theological dialogue that any catechist wants – at least me! A version of this same thing, but with older characters, is the scene in the movie Gran Torino in which the local priest comes to see Walt Kowalski and Walt rips him up and down.

  4. Fortunately for me, I have a question box in my classroom. Our priest visits 3 or 4 times a year and when these questions come my way, I refer them to the question box. 🙂

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