Catechists in Action – Len Astrowski Talks About His Vocation as a Catechist

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 7th grade catechist Len Astrowski talks about what he likes about his students and what it means to him to be a catechist. Watch for the following:

  • Len talks about the great job his kids do of settling in to his class after a long day at school
  • Len says that he really doesn’t have discipline problems with this group other than a little talking here and there and that they are a great class.
  • Len explains that he’s been a catechist for 8 years, is now 73 years old, and hopes to continue teaching, God willing.
  • Len shares from his heart what it means to be a catechist and gets the kids to quiet down and to listen up to his story
  • The kids come forward with their books and then Len invites them to face the crucifix and to join in prayer
  • Len includes a special intention that one of the students asked for, prays for all of their needs, and sends them off with God’s blessing.
  • Len happily concludes, “well, we got through it, Joe!” all the while smiling and with just as much enthusiasm as when he began his class, if not more!


About Joe Paprocki 2742 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

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