Catechists in Action – Dan Ward Reflects on His Experience

We’ve had the privilege of watching 7th grade catechist Dan Ward in action over the past week or so…thanks Dan for inviting us into your classroom! Listen now as Dan reflects on his experience, especially…

  • his frustration with kids not going to Mass
  • his goal of doing the Mass Flip-books and his frustration at not being able to do it because of a change of schedule
  • running out of time to do a mock confession
  • the fact that his schedule lacks consistency (no more than 2 weeks in a row in the classroom)
  • his success at having his students find passages in the Bible
  • his goals and dreams that he’s been unable to accomplish this year
  • his realistic goals for upcoming classes


What of Dan’s experiences, thoughts, reflections, and frustrations resonate with 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

  1. “no more than 2 weeks in a row in the classroom”

    Man that’s tough. I can count on being able to use all 28 class periods when I set up my syllabus in the summer.

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