I Love L.A.!

I’m celebrating Catholicism California style at the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, which draws about 40,000 people over four days! It is always an exciting experience. I’m thrilled to be giving a talk this afternoon and I’ve met so many wonderful people in just the few hours I’ve been here. I’ll tell you more about it as the weekend goes along. Here are a couple of pics.

Here I am enjoying dinner in Downtown Disney with folks from my alma mater, the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University of Chicago: Dr. Brian Schmisek, new director of Loyola IPS in Chicago, along with Steve Hrycyniak, Dr. Eileen Daily, and Chrissy Safranko. We celebrated Dr. Schmisek’s appointment as the new director and my upcoming Damen Award on behalf of the IPS, LUC.

Here I am with Nora Malone and John Thomas of Liturgy Training Publications. I finally got to meet John who has been director of LTP for many years but we have always somehow missed each other until now. I kidded him that I was beginning to think that he didn’t really exist.

Finally, here is colleague Carrie holding court as she tells customers about the exciting new and revised Finding God curriculum by Loyola Press.

About Joe Paprocki 2365 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.

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