A Different Kind of Big MAC!


I had a great time at the MAC (Mid Atlantic Congress) conference in Baltimore this past week and enjoyed numerous opportunities to meet and talk to so many wonderful people.

Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make this conference such a success, especially the Association of Catholic Publishers.

For me, the highlights were: getting a chance to listen to Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, once again and to chat with him at the Loyola Press exhibit; to attend a very good workshop by Dr. Michael Horan and 15 or 20 catechetical leaders on Inspiring Catechetical Ministry with Children; and to have the privilege of doing 2 workshops of my own, one on Practice Makes Catholic and the other on my new book, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, and meeting all of the wonderful people who attended those presentations.

A very special thanks to all of the hardworking Loyola Press people who set up, staff, and take down the LP exhibit space and provide such wonderful pastoral care for all those who visit looking for resources to assist them in their ministry.


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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. Glad that you had such a great experience! We are looking forward to our catechetical event here in Albany, Spring Enrichment. Two people mentioned in your post will be there and I am looking forward to meeting them in person at last. One is Fr. Jim Martin – the other of course is you!

    I will be referring to your Catechist’s Journey blog as I do a diocesan inservice about blogging later this week.

    Thanks for all that you do and I am personally always grateful for Loyola Press! So many good people and so many good works!

    • Thanks, Fran! I had a chance to chat with Stephen Mawn at the MAC conference about the Albany Spring Enrichment. I look forward to it…it’s always a good “show!”

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