On Friday, I had the privilege and pleasure of spending the day with about 30 IHM Sisters who are the DREs and CREs of IHM parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with some ladies who have and continue to make a profound impact on the faith formation of so many people, young and old. The event took place at the Villa Maria House of Studies at Immaculata University. My deepest thanks to the Sisters for inviting me to spend the day with them, especially Sr. Helene Thomas and Sr. John Evelyn and best wishes to the many great IHM Sisters I had the pleasure of meeting and spending the day with last Friday! May God continue to shower blessings on your catechetical ministry and all of your ministries!
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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.
So what did y’all talk about?
We talked about the challenges of teaching to the current generation and the unique characteristics of the Catholic vision that hold the key for transforming their minds and hearts!
I read your catechist journey blog regularly and find it very helpful. I just finished looking over the timeline of church history that you share with your 8th graders and would like to correct two dates. The second vatican council began in oct. of 1962 (you have 1963) and ended in december of 1965.
Secondly, the new catechism of the catholic church was first published in 1994.
I thought you might like to know this so you can correct it before passing it on to your students.
Thanks for your books–especially A Well built Faith. It is very well written. I plan to use it for my catechists and for an adult ed sharing session.
Sr. Barbara Baker,
Sister Barbara, thanks for your kind words and for the corrections you sent…I’ll update my presentation immediately!
Sr. Barbara, with reference to the date for the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994 is when the English version was published. Pope John Paul II approved the universal Catechism on June 25, 1992 and it was published that same year in French.