Viva NCCL!

I had a marvelous time at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) in Las Vegas this week! Not because it was in Vegas (although that was fun) but because the NCCL is like a huge family reunion! I got to see so many good friends who are DREs, Diocesan directors and staff, publishers, and catechists and made MANY new friends, including a number of folks who visit my blog regularly…how nice to meet you in person. It is great to mingle with so many folks who are so dedicated to the catechetical ministry…very inspiring. Here are some pics.

I did a poster presentation showing how to conduct a parent-child session that introduces people to the Bible:

poster presentation







We kept up the tradition of gathering the Chicago folks for dinner one evening…about 20 of us: DREs, staff of the Chicago catechetical office, and a couple of us publishing folks.

Chicago dinner






On my way to do my workshop, I ran into this nice display from Loyola Press…thanks for plugging my books!

poster presentation









Loyola Press sponsored a luncheon for about 60 Diocesan Directors…what a magificent gathering of catechetical wisdom!

Diocesan Director Lunch







Here I am behaving myself at the Dicoesean Director’s lunch!

Joe at Diocesan Directors lunch







I enjoyed a long stroll down the Vegas strip on a beautiful evening!

a walk down the Vegas strip









Here are 2 of my Loyola Press colleagues (Cathy Joyce and Nikki Caso) conducting a workshop on catechesis for pre-school/kindergarten kids.

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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. “gathering the Chicago folks for dinner one evening”

    Looks like the old SNL skits where they consumed brats & beers, and between heart attacks argued the Greatness of Ditka.

  2. My friends and I really enjoyed your workshop at the NCCL. Very inspiring! We’re busy planning our presentation (using your material from The Catechist’s Toolbox) at our annual Diocescan Religious Education “Journey of Faith” Conference. We’re very excited about it and hope to do you proud.

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