Catechists in Action – What Kids Like About Chris Brett

In this segment of Catechists in Action, we do something a little different. I interrupted the session to ask the 8th grade students what they like about their catechist, Chris Brett. Watch for the following:

  • Chris jokes about liking his class because 2 guys who cause trouble are absent that night!
  • Kids respond by saying that they like that he doesn’t scream at them, he makes learning fun, he never sends them down to the DRE’s office but only threatens to do so, he makes sure that everyone understands before he moves on, he never gives homework, he looks like he really wants to be there and enjoys being with them.
  • I offer some personal testimony of my knowledge of Mr. Brett’s effectiveness as a catechist.
  • Chris talks about having a very good class and having a natural relationship with them that allows them to ask questions.
  • I compliment the kids on being a good class and tell them I wish I had them as a class.
  • The kids say goodbye! 🙂

Thanks, Chris, for allowing us to enjoy your excellent teaching style!


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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

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