Great Stories About Catechetical Mentors – Check it Out!

Here’s just one of the many great stories that folks are sharing about their catechetical mentors. This one is from Rosie:

Back when dirt was young, I attended undergraduate college at Gonzaga University. I have to attribute my love for theology and the passing on of faith to our children (am a DRE for over 20 years now) to two of my professors–Fr. Armand Nigro and Fr. Vincent Beuzer. They provided a dynamic model of love and devotion and excellent instruction. God became alive and relevant. I changed my major to theology and education. What is more important in the lives of our children than to get to know and love their God who knows and loves them! If we are available for God to work through us, we are blessed through God’s love for his children. I love what I do!!

What’s your story? Our topic for this week is, “I owe it all to…” which means that we are sharing stories about our mentors. Who inspired and/or influenced you most in your role as a catechetical minister? Who do you try to emulate when you teach? What is/was so inspirational about this person’s approach to teaching that made you want to follow in his or her footsteps and become a catechist or DRE?

Share a brief story – just one or two paragraphs -describing your thoughts about someone who was a mentor for you.  Then, return each day this week to read others’ stories and to comment on them if you wish. You can also go back and comment on stories from previous weeks or to add your own stories.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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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 Comment on Great Stories About Catechetical Mentors – Check it Out!

  1. I wasn’t lucky enough to have a catechetical mentor but I hope I’ll be able to find one soon. This just goes to show how much we can pass on our knowledge, experience, and expertise to touch and inspire others to do the same.

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