One Word That Describes How You Feel About Teaching This Year

At my recent workshop in Dallas, I asked the crowd of catechists to think of one word that describes how they feel about the upcoming catechetical year. As expected, the responses ran the gamut. Here’s a small sampling:

  • excited
  • privilege
  • challenge
  • anxious
  • called
  • scared
  • opportunity
  • growth
  • curious
  • faith

What one word best describes how YOU feel about the upcoming catechetical year?

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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. Overwhelmed!

    I was at the conference this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it and was glad I went!! Thanks, Joe, for all your good insights!!

    God Bless

  2. This comment came to me through email, from Lissa:

    SCARED because its a different parish and CALLED because its God’s calling that brought me there

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