Thank You, St. Louis!

Today, I had the pleasure of speaking to a sizeable group of catechists at the St. Louis Archdiocesan Religious Education Institute which took place on the campus of St. Louis University. I presented on The Catechist’s Toolbox. I was impressed with how many veteran catechists were on hand still looking for more tools to increase their effectiveness. One woman said she has been a catechist for 47 years! (I told her she must have started when she was 6 because she looked very young for her age!)

Anyway,  a great big Thank You to all the good folks who welcomed me and participated with such great spirit! I hope to be back again soon (I can’t believe that being only 5 hours away, I had never visited St. Louis before today…shame on me!) I wish you all well in your catechetical ministry! Here are a coupla pics..

Here I am doing my thing!

I’m not so sure of what to make of these big ol’ posters with my mug on them!

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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

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