Happy Anniversary, Catechist’s Journey! 5 Years!

Can you believe that Catechist’s Journey is about to celebrate its 5th anniversary? Yup, it was on December 12, 2006, that I launched this effort to share my journey as a catechist and to walk with you on your catechist’s journey. Along the way, we have covered many topics, had a lot of fun, dealt with some serious business, shared creative ideas, and solved most of the world’s problems! đŸ™‚ To celebrate this milestone, we’re going to have a video contest beginning this coming Monday. Here’s a commercial telling you all about it. I look forward to celebrating with you throughout the month of December!


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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.


  1. Joe – When I agreed to be a catechist to a group of 7th graders a little over five years ago, I wondered what did I get myself into. I had absolutely no teaching background and I work in a busy office in front of a computer screen all day.

    I somehow stumbled upon your site and have been hooked ever since. Through your gentle direction and through the posts of other users, I was immersed in the life of a catechist and it now pretty much permeates most everything I do.

    Thank you for the past five years and wishing you the blessing of many more!

    • Bernie, thanks so much! It’s been a pleasure walking this journey with you. Just think, now you’re a veteran catechist!

  2. Catholic Catechist…pride of the Missionary Church!

    Hello Joe,
    I luckily got your site this morning and wish to inform you that by God’s grace, I will be celebrating my Silver Jubilee; 25 years of been a Catechist of the Catholic Church on August 2nd, 2023. Please remember me in your prayers. I love you all.

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