How Did I Get Into This? Stories on the Journey

How did you become a catechist? Toni writes the following:

Let’s just say that our Lord planted the seed in my heart well before I finally made the leap. I had thought about volunteering in previous years but never did. It was late August the year my daughter was to enter 5th grade. At Mass one Sunday, our DRE was at the pulpit requesting volunteers for Catechesis. I again felt that tug — “should I?”, “should I?” was running through my head. My husband leaned over and whispered in my ear, “You should volunteer, you’d be great at it.” I made the phone later that day and ended up teaching 6th grade.

You can find more great stories like Toni’s and share your own story about how you became a catechist, DRE, or religion teacher (any kind of catchetical minister) right here on my blog as we spend the summer sharing Stories on the Journey.

All summer long, I will be inviting you to share your stories about your experiences as catechists – the joys, frustrations, hilarious moments, sacred moments, challenges, opportunities, successes, not-so-successful moments, creative moments, mentors and heroes, and callings. Each week, I’ll post a topic inviting you to share a brief story here on my blog (by typing in the LEAVE A COMMENT box at the end of my post).

  • Keep your story brief – 1 or 2 paragraphs is fine.
  • Return each day to read the stories that others are posting
  • Feel free to comment on one another’s stories
  • You need not share your full name…first names will do

This week’s topic is: HOW DID I GET INTO THIS? – Share your story about how you came to be a catechist, religion teacher, DRE (any type of catechetical minister).

Jump into the fun by clicking here.

I can’t wait to hear from you!!!  


* All stories posted become property of Loyola Press and may be used in future publications
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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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