A Hot Time in Dallas!

Dallas was HOT! But oh what a wonderful time we had there Saturday! A crew of us from Loyola Press swept in to spend the day with nearly 600 catechists looking at The Role of the Catechist. I did the English segment (seeings how I’m learning to speak that language pretty good) and my talented and charming friend and colleague Miguel Arias did the Spanish segment. A great big THANKS to all of the wonderful people who were so welcoming and engaging and a special shout out to the 2 catechists who happily announced that they have been serving as catechists for 55 and 61 years respectively!!! What an inspiration! Here are some pics.

This is me with about 250 of my best friends!

Here are some of the crowds swarming the Loyola Press tables during the break

Here is Miguel Arias speaking to just over 300 of his best friends!

Here, a woman who has been a catechist for 55 years demonstrates to us how she teaches children to pray the Our Father using gestures…what an inspiration she was to all of us!

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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.

3 Comments on A Hot Time in Dallas!

  1. Joe, thank you for addressing my fears as a 35 year experienced human resources professional at the Dallas workshop. I’m”guarded” about my foray into the faith formation of 4th graders at my parish. Your recommendations and information will go a long way in my preparation. I look forward to reading your blogs.

  2. Joe,
    Thanks for coming to Dallas. I want to implement the “Sacred Space” with our parish teens tonight. By the way, last year, Santiago Cortes from Loyola Press came to Dallas in November for “Getting Started as a Catechist” and he encouraged us to buy your book, which I did. That’s why I thought you had been in Dallas before. I will use your book as a reference more this year. God bless you for all you do to strengthen the Catholic Church in our country.

    • Thanks, Sr. Mary. I had a feeling it was Santiago because I remember talking with him about doing such a presentation in Dallas. It was great to meet you. Keep up the great work!

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