Autumn in New York

New York is indeed beautiful in Autumn! I spent the last couple of days in the Dutchess/Ulster County area and the fall colors are already showing in such splendor, especially along the Taconic State Parkway.

I did two Being, Knowing, and Doing professional development workshops for catechetical leaders in the region and had a very nice time visiting with these hard-working and dedicated folks. So here’s a SHOUT OUT to all the folks I met on Thursday in New York!!!

In between talks, I had the opportunity to visit the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, a very lovely place. I had a chance to just sit and rest as well as walk around the lake…a nice way to refresh myself and get energized for the evening presentation. Here’s a pic. Have a great weekend all!

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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. I am a native New Yorker, though now I live in NC. It sounds like you got a feel for the wonder of God’s creation in beautiful upstate New York. I love to see the leaves change color on the mountains!!! Remember, “God is on the mountain” Thanks for sharing. Josie

  2. I grew up in New York, not far from New Paltz, in Newburgh. Have lived the past 20 years in Florida, but I still miss New York in Autumn.

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