Being, Knowing, and Doing

Several people have asked me about a presentation that I’m giving in a number of places called Being, Knowing, and Doing (BKD).

The Being, Knowing, and Doing workshop guides catechetical leaders through six mini-inservices that can be easily replicated for use in training parish catechists. In these mini-inservices, I demonstrate how to creatively engage catechists and help them discover, embrace, and proclaim their faith more effectively.

Each of the inservices demonstrates how to form catechists in three crucial dimensions: being, knowing, and doing (General Directory for Catechesis, 238).

Being: Formation that helps catechists to discover their vocation and to mature as people, believers, and apostles.

  1. Taking Your Spiritual Pulse: Help catechists pay attention to their spiritual life.
  2. Praying as a Grown-Up: Share simple methods for enriching your catechists’ own prayer life.

Knowing: Formation that helps catechists embrace their faith by acquiring sufficient knowledge of the faith they are called to proclaim.

  1. A Little H.E.L.P.: Help catechists easily summarize the basic pillars of the Catholic faith.
  2. Which Saint Am I?: Encourage catechists to look to the lives of the saints for guidance and inspiration.

Doing: Formation that helps catechists more effectively proclaim the message of the gospel.

  1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Catechists: Show catechists how to focus on seven skills that enable effective catechesis.
  2. Entering through Their Door but Leaving through Your Door: Teach catechists how to follow a sound catechetical process.

Upcoming Workshops: For registration information, please contact the diocesan office.

  • Monday, June 14 & 15, 2010, Diocese of Rockville Centre
  • Saturday, June 26, 2010, Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Friday, August 6, 2010, Diocese of Davenport
  • Thursday, August 14, 2010, Archdiocese of Dallas
  • Thursday, September 23, 2010, Diocese of New York
  • Thursday, October 14, 2010, Diocese of Omaha
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2010, Diocese of Joliet
  • Wednesday, November 17 & 18, 2010, Archdiocese of Newark
  • Friday & saturday, February 18 & 19, 2011, Archdiocese of Birmingham
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2011, Archdiocese of New York

As you can see, I’m solidly booked for the Fall of 2010. Once we get into 2011, however, there’s more breathing space, so if your diocese is interested, contact me ASAP, because the calendar will fill up quickly.

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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

5 Comments on Being, Knowing, and Doing

  1. Hi, Joe!! It’s me again, one of your biggest fans in Puerto Rico!! This workshop -BKD- sounds great! How would you like to come over to my beautiful island in the Caribbean to do this presentation? It would be a great excuse for many of my colleagues in the States to also enjoy our beautiful beaches… Could you please send me all the information regarding your presentation so that I can present the idea to our priest?
    God bless you!

  2. Joe-thanks for the information-you came to Dubuque IOWA a couple of years ago and your book is still helping my catechists! Bought extras at the time and still have a couple for the new catechists for this year…
    Is there a Dubuque Minnesota? You had that down in your one Catechist Journey Blog.
    Take care and
    God’s peace always!!

    • Hi Susan. No, there is only the one and only Dubuque, Iowa! I was alerted to the MN error and have since corrected it! 🙂

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