BKD in The Big Easy

This past Saturday, I had the joy and privilege of conducting a Being, Knowing, and Doing professional development workshop for a wonderful group of catechetical leaders (and a few catechists as well) in New Orleans. It was my first trip to the Big Easy and it was SO enjoyable. Many, many thanks to the great folks who made me feel so at home there and contributed to a most productive day of looking at how to care for our catechists (and ourselves!). The trip was enhanced by my wife’s accompanying me! Here are some pics:

Here are the smiling faces that I got to look at on Saturday!

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Here I am with the 2 ladies who made the day possible, Carol Obrokta (Director of the Office for Religious Education, New Orleans) and Barbara McAtee (Associate Director)

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On our way through the French Quarter, we enjoyed stopping for the 5:00 pm vigil Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continuing use in the United State.

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Here I am about to be swallowed up by the throngs on Bourbon Street!

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A little powdered sugar on my face from my first beignet at Cafe du Mond!

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A shout out to my friend and colleague, Sr. Jean Hopman, an Ursuline sister. The Ursulines arrived in New Orleans in 1727 (Sr. Jean arrived a few years later!!!)

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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.


  1. Thanks for the shout out, Joe! Sounds like N’awlins gave you the royal treatment. Standing under that street sign makes you an honorary member of the OSU’s! 🙂

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