Under the Influence in El Paso

Thanks to the good folks of  El Paso, TX, for an extraordinary day at their catechetical conference today! I had the privilege of delivering the keynote address on my new book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ.

I was so moved by the joy of the enthusiastic crowd (check out the video) and I can’t thank them enough for inspiring me and for touching my heart. Special thanks to Veronica Rayas (pictured below, far left), the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of El Paso for her hospitality and leadership…job well done! Thanks for having me! (It was sure nice to get a break from the Chicago winter for a few days in Texas!)

Here I am with Loyola Press’s newest author!

Here is a peek at the beauty of El Paso





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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.


  1. Beautiful, this is my hometown. Im glad to hear you had a wonderful experience. You just visited Miner’s land.

  2. So glad and honored you could speak at our Catechetical Conference. I’m so motivated to teach my students. Thank you and Veronica Rayas for such a great conference!

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