About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
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.


  1. I just attended your first session of the catechist webinar series. I found it very useful and look forward to session two. Thank you and may God continue to bless this ministry.

  2. If you are a subsitute teacher and dont have time to visualize yourself teaching or read the book ahead of time or overplan what is the best thing you can do when going into the class?

    • Pablo that is indeed a tough situation! I’d love to hear from other substitute catechists about their strategies. I would think that a lot of substitute catechists carry with them some “routine” tried-and-true activities and approaches that they can draw from at any time. Likewise, I think some of the reading strategies I suggested such as the Paired Interviews can work in such spontaneous situations where you don’t have time to prepare. Substitutes can also have some prayer experiences that they can bring in to any situation to engage students without preparation. Again, I hope we hear from some other substitute catechists or from DREs who rely on substitutes to offer some strategies from their experience. Thanks Pablo.

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