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 finished listening to the first Adult Catechesis and found it very interesting and informative. A book that I have recently read three times and has not onlyy delighted me but stirred me with a great deal of hope, is “Why Stay Catholic: Unexpected answers to a Life-Changing Question ” by Michael Leach. Its honesty and capacity to lift up the essentials of our faith as a living, transforming, experiential relationship with the Lord found in the Gospel is a powerful source guidance and healing in this age when the Institutional dimension of the Church, the People of God, has inflicted so much damage, to the Body of Christ. Leach’s writes with wit, poetic sacramentality, and ultimately with the most important quality of all – love. The book may be a bit “too much out of the box” for those just being introduced to Catholicism. But for me it is such a breath of fresh air helping to clear the dusty, musty corridors we find in much of the Institutional part of the Church – that it may help “new” Catholics not waste energy trying to defend that part of the “Church” and always help people celebrate the magnificent essentials of who we are and what we are all about.

    • Thanks Gene. I agree about Mike Leach’s book…a very nice read. Probably best for returning Catholics rather than newbies!

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