Thanks, Duluth!

I had a great time Monday afternoon with a wonderful group of DREs, catechists, and pastors at the Minnesota Catholic Education Association. I did a 3-hour stranded session (tiring!) on The Catechist’s Toolbox. One of the most interesting ideas that came out of our discussion was a catechist who was teaching the concept of Church to her class. She arranged to take them on a field trip of sorts. She pre-arranged with 5 families in the neighborhood to stop by with her class and ask the family to describe what Church means to them. The homes represented the diverse make-up of the parish: an elderly couple, a family with special needs, a family with lots of children, and so on. She told the kids to remember that on that night, they experienced the Church – the People of God! Nice idea!

Anyway, home today! Here’s a blurry pic of the Mass that ended the day with Bishop Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth, MN.

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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

2 Comments on Thanks, Duluth!

  1. Joe,

    I attended your workshop on Monday in Duluth and just have to say “Well Done!” Your blend of using of personal stories, inviting us to share our ideas, and using an attractive and well organized powerpoint was fabulous. Thanks for your tips!

    Kim Roering

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