Join Me on a VIRTUAL Pilgrimage to Italy!


As part of the Year of Faith, Pope Francis is hosting a Day for Catechists at the Vatican during the last week of September, 2013, culminating in the International Conference of Catechesis. A delegation of religious educators will be attending via a pilgrimage sponsored by the NCEA  as well as other organizations from September 23 through September 30, 2013. For those of us unable to attend in person, I thought I would offer the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Pilgrimage, shadowing the folks from the U.S. as they journey to Rome, Siena, and Vatican City and participate in the International Conference of Catechesis.

Join me here on my blog each day beginning September 23 as we join in a virtual pilgrimage that will include “visits” and spiritual reflections on locations such as the Roman Fora, the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, the Catacombs, the Gothic streets of Siena including its cathedral, the Vatican Museum, the Sistene Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the tomb of St. Peter, and Mass with the Holy Father. Along the way, we will get intermittent reports and photos from Dr. Joe Bound, the Director of Education for the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, who will be participating in the actual pilgrimage. Join us for this enjoyable virtual experience as we celebrate the ministry of catechesis during this Year of Faith!

KAP over the Coliseum in Rome with a Canon S95












[photo courtesy of Pierre Lesage via Compfight]

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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. Hi Joe,

    I would like to show the 3 Minute Retreat video-Catechetical Sunday- to our Catechists and can not find it on the list of 3 minute retreats.

    We received it in an email from Loyola Press on August 28 and I think the name of it is Catechetical Sunday.

    Also, is there a way to save the 3 minute retreats so I can show them if our wifi isn’t working to connect with your website.

    I know this in not about your latest blog, but Connie Clark told me you are so good about returning messages.

    Thank you so much,
    Cindy Hurley
    DRE St. Kilian Church
    Mission Viejo CA

    • Hi Cindy! Here is the link to the 3-Minute Retreat for Catechetical Sunday that you asked about:

      I’m not sure about any way to save the retreat if you don’t have Internet access but I’ll see if I can find out!

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