One Question with Joe Paprocki AND Another Book Review

Several weeks ago, the Publisher of Loyola Press, Fr. Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, sat down with me to ask his “One Question” and he chose to ask about the title of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus. Here’s my reply.


Speaking of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus, here’s another wonderful review by blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn who blogs at There Will Be Bread. Thanks Fran!

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
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. TeamRCIA had an RCIA training institute in Edmonton last weekend, and I finally had a chance to read Under the Influence of Jesus on the plane. I knew it would be good, because you wrote it, but it was *really* good. Kudos. You did a great job.

    Also, I wanted to let you know I stole one of your stories. I was trying to explain to the institute participants how to talk about Paschal Mystery in a way that doesn’t make the catechumens’ eyes glaze over. I told them the story of you staying up all night with your colicky, crying baby and how eventually broke down in tears and cried with your son. It’s a great story, and it really helped me make the point. Thanks for that.

    And I have to tip my hat to anyone who can use a Monty Python sketch to illuminate the kerygma!


    • Thanks, Nick, for the kind words about my book! So glad you enjoyed it and found stories to adapt for your institute. Long live Python! “And now for something completely different!”

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