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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.

7 Comments on Getting Started as a Catechist, Part One

  1. Joe,
    I am a 62 year old retired guy, who thought it would be a good idea to be catechist because my 10 year old and I would be in on the same schedule. Of course I didn’t realize that I would not be in charge of where I will be helping out. It then slowly occurred to me that the Spirit was moving me this way. I don’t I think I have enjoyed a new undertaking as much as I have the journey to be a catechist. I am brand new and old enough to know I don’t know what I am doing, yet. But, hey, I am not in charge, the Holy Spirit is. So am praying I will not make a fool of myself while I gain the skills to be an effective catechist. Your
    class, that I have been listening to the recording of has helped me to calm down.

    Regards,
    Bill Walker

    • Bill, thanks for sharing your story…it is very inspiring to see someone so open to the Holy Spirit and willing to be led out of one’s comfort zone! I’m glad that you’re enjoying things so much and I’m sure the kids will love having a grandfatherly-type man teaching them about the love of God! Best wishes and keep in touch!

  2. On Aug 19th you mentioned a pdf that was available about ice breakers. I cant find it. I love the webinar & would really like help finding this bit of information

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