Getting Started as a Catechist – Free Webinars!

As the new catechetical year approaches, catechists are focusing their attention on how to best engage their students in faith formation. In the United States alone, roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year!  With that in mind, I will once again be hosting a series of free Webinars through Loyola Press called “Getting Started as a Catechist.”

This year, I’m offering a new twist: I will be hosting four webinars in the series, each focused on teaching a different age group. The following is the breakdown of the sessions and dates, which all air from 7 pm to 8 pm CST (find out what time this is for you). 

In these webinars, we will look at the basic skills of being a catechist, how to plan effective lessons, ways to lead compelling prayer, tips on how to organize a variety of activities, and how to maintain order and discipline in the learning environment, in addition to other topics, all tailored to the specific age group you are preparing to teach.

These webinars are free and give catechists, and those interested in becoming catechists, the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful vocation from the comfort of your own computer. 

To register, click here, or on one of the dates above. You need only register for the one webinar that addresses the age group you’ll be teaching. If you cannot participate live, recordings of the webinars will be available here on my blog within a week or so of the live event.

If you have any questions about these webinars, please contact Carrie Freyer at


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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

42 Comments on Getting Started as a Catechist – Free Webinars!

  1. The Webinar’s on the Roman Missal are really good! Thanks! Keep them coming.

    I am trying to order 32 copies of the Kindergarten 2009 edition of the School Religion Book and I didn’t find it on the order form I just submitted.


  2. I have a Masters Degree in Adult Formation. I’d appreciate any information you could send me related to Adult Formation.

    • Hi Maggie. I’ll be doing a webinar on adult formation on Sept. 6. If you can’t participate live, there’ll be a recording available within a week or so of the live event.

  3. Will there also be a recording for the primary grade 1-3 at a later date? I will be out of town on August 17th w/o computer access.
    Thank you

  4. Hello Joe,

    I, too, am a new catechist and need all of the help I can get before 9/11 (my first class!!). I am unable to attend 8/17 live and I realize that I can access it later that week so I didn’t know if you still need me to sign up or what’s entailed to have access to the recording. Thanks a ton.


    • Hi, Dr. Lisa. You don’t have to sign up to access the recording. It will be posted within a week or so of the live event. In the meantime, you may want to pick up a copy of my book The Catechist’s Toolbox which I’m sure you’ll find very helpful. Just go to and type it into the Search. Good luck!

    • Hi Sarah, I hear you. I’m hoping that a lot of what we do with the Primary Grades Webinar will be easily adaptable for early childhood, an area that I have little to no experience in except for raising my own kids! 🙂

    • Hi Michelle. You will need to ask someone from your diocesan catechetical office if they are qualifying the webinars for credit toward your certificate. If so, Loyola Press will be happy to get you a certificate of completion…contact Carrie Freyer at

  5. Any adult suggestion in re-presenting the faith and praying with the men and women I visit and/or write as a volunteer prison chaplain. I am a layman and a former teacher and school administrator at the seconday level. Thanks for the invite. Jack Kennevan, Cincinnati, Ohio

    • Thanks, Jack. I’ll soon be inviting people to send in their insights and wisdom about adult formation in anticipation of the Sept. 6 webinar at which time we’ll explore in depth strategies for effective adult catechesis.

  6. Looking forward to tonight’s webinar about teaching Grades 1-3. I’m a 5th year volunteer catechist, and I’ve only scratched the surface of all there is to learn. Our 8-person team of 3rd grade catechists is virtually all-new this year, so I plan to share all the goodness that I learn tonight. Thanks!

  7. Hi,

    I am homeschooling my son in the third grade Christ is Life and got the home learner guide and the student workbook. How do I get the access code for the BLMs?


  8. Dear Joe – it’s been a long time since I’ve been as frustrated as I am right now. I tried to sign up for your webinar on Grades 1 and 3 – which is on right now, I believe – I did that earlier in the day., When I tried to access the program, I was told I need a password….which I did not get, nor is there any way to contact anybody – so the webinar is going on with me……and I am not happy. Jean Lewandowski

    • Jean, sorry you had problems logging on. Be sure to catch the recording when it’s available in about a week and you’ll have access to what you missed tonight.

    • It’s hard to say what happened Geri. It was most likely some incompatability problem with your computer and the Webinar technology because I just finished emailing with a catechist in China who had no problem connecting and overall there were very few complaints from people who couldn’t connect. See what happens when and if you try again in the future. If the problem persists, you may consider logging on from another computer if you have access to one. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

  9. I’ve just registered for the September 6th, 2011 Webinar session..however, I won’t be able to personally attend.

    • Hi Gloria…that’s the one for adult catechesis. If you can’t participate live, there will be a recording posted on my blog within a week or so of the live event. Stay tuned.

  10. I was registered to attend the Aug. 17 webinar and was able to connect but I could not get the audio. I noticed that others were having the same trouble and tried the suggested remedies to no avail. Any further suggestions on how to correct the “no audio” problem I had. As a DRE, I’ve registered for the other 3 webinars & encouraged our catechists to attend the one pertaining to the level he or she works with.

    • Hi Gail. Sorry to hear about your problem. In most cases like that, it seems to be an incompatability problem between your computer and the Webinar technology. Is there another computer you might be able to log on from? Did you try the phone connection feature? Hopefully your catechists will not have problems when they log on.

  11. I’ll be returning to Sydney, Australia early next year and will be involved in providing catechism classes to children in a public school. Will it be possible for me to request for a certificate of completion if I will be able to complete all the sessions?

    Thank you.

  12. I deeply grateful to Loyola press for the retreats and all the info that is given to us lay people. I am a catechist in my parish in Goa- India. This year I take the adult catechisis which includes the post -confirmation students. Thank you Loyola press once again!

  13. Joe,

    I’ve recently been asked to help with Parish School of Religion classes at St. Matthew Church and Karen Burford suggested your webinars. Will you be hosting more webinars in the coming months?

    • Hi Dawn and welcome to your new role in the PSR program at St. Matthew! I have one more webinar coming up Tuesday, Sept. 6 for catechists of adults. At present, I don’t have anymore planned however all of my webinars are archived on my blog…just click on the Webinars tab at the top of my home page.

  14. Hi,
    I just learned I will be teaching an intermediate age group this CCD year. I missed the online training. How can I hear it now that the date has passed? Thanks.

    • Hi Susan and welcome to the world of teaching intermediate age kids! You can find the Webinar on my home page by going to the top of the page and clicking on the Webinars tab. Then, look for the Getting Started as a Catechist Webinars, one of which is for catechists of intermediate age kids. Good luck!

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