More on the “Coach Approach”

The other day, I posted on the parallels between coaching and serving as a catechist. That stirred up the following conversation between a DRE and one of her catechists who is indeed also a coach. Enjoy!


Hi Joe!  In response to your latest Catechist’s Journey email, I asked one of my catechists if he saw a connection between coaching and being a catechist.  Scott coaches basketball and then “cleans up” and comes to teach Religious Ed to our First Graders.  See the attached page.  He provided this for his team.  Enjoy!

Judy Gruel, DRE, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Ellicott City, Maryland

From: Scott O’Leary
Sent: Tue 1/3/2012 4:29 PM
To: Gruel, Judy
Subject: RE: Catechist’s Journey

Judy, I see a large connection.  I actually use Religion quotes and teachings as part of my coaching also.  I have actually attached some quotes that I put together for this year. 

From: Gruel, Judy 
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 3:38 PM
To: Scott O’Leary
Subject: FW: Catechist’s Journey

Hi Scott!  I was reading this and thought of you.  Do you see connections between coaching and being a catechist? Judy


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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. Thanks for sharing this, Joe, and Scott, too. Scott’s quotes are fantastic! I am printing them out for my confirmation students. All of them are in sports and I think they’ll really identify with this.

  2. What is really wonderful about Scott is that he is a “living stone” to our children here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Scott is a member or the Knights of Columbus and is a Past Grand Knight of Father Comyns Council #9638. Scott reflects the ideal standard of what every K of C member should be.

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