It seems that most years, I resume my travel schedule (after the summer lull) with a beautiful 5 hour drive to Iowa! This year, my destination was Waterloo, IA, where I met with about 160 Catholic School Administrators and Parish Faith Formation Leaders as they kicked off their year. I also had the privilege of meeting the new Archbishop of Dubuque, the Most Reverend Michael O. Jackels, who celebrated a beautiful Mass for the whole group, joined us all for lunch, and then stayed for the afternoon presentations!
I particularly enjoyed speaking with the 90 Parish Faith Formation Leaders in the afternoon as we talked about recruiting and forming catechists. 90% of them said they still have slots to fill! With that in mind, I’m going to post these next few days about Recruiting and Forming Catechists!
Thanks to all the good folks out in the Archdiocese of Dubuque and I hope I contributed to getting your catechetical/academic year off to a good start!