Jersey Joe

Here are a couple of pics from my visit to Newark, NJ, last week, spending a couple of days with about 65 parish catechetical leaders reflecting on the 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness. Thanks, folks, for a great experience!

Here I am, back to the camera, participating in one of the beautiful prayer experiences they put together.

Praying in Jersey










And, here I am, participating in one of the many table discussions we enjoyed.

Table Discussion in Newark

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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. Joe! We had a tremendous time! Thank you so much for sharing your gifts! We always look forward to your presentations! God bless!

      • I was a former head catechist in our parish of St. Michael,Matanao, Davao del Sur. Recently I was requested to give formation to the catechists. What i really need now are some topics to consider for Catechists Formation. Could I solicit some of your insights in giving Catechists Formation? I am anticipating for your immediate reply. Thank you very much!

        • Hi Elena. The first place to check would be with your own diocese to see if they have guidelines for catechist formation. Typically, you would want to cover the 4 pillars of the Catechism: Creed, Sacraments/Liturgy, Morality, and Prayer along with Scripture and catechetical skills. A good resource to begin with is A Well-Built Faith which covers the 4 pillars. Let me know if I can be of more help.

  2. Hi Joe – I am the Coordinator of Faith Formation & our Parish is looking at doing a “book club” on “The Bible Blueprint” in the fall. I downloaded the leaders guide & it shows 9 sessions. What do you recommend as a time frame for each session 90 minutes? Also is it possible to condense it into 8 sessions? If so what would be the best to do, Session 1 & 2 together? Any comments would be greatly appreciated! We did the “Days of Faith” program earlier this year & from that everyone wanted to go further with “The Bible Blueprint” so we are.

    • Hi Debbie and thanks for using The Bible Blueprint. Yes, I think 90 minutes is a good time frame and combining sessions 1 & 2 should work fine to meet your scheduling needs. Be flexible and adapt as needed! Thanks and good luck!

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