The Spirituality of the Catechist Retreat Conclusion

Spirituality of the Catechist: Online Retreat for Catechists

This summer we’ve explored six characteristics of the Spirituality of the Catechist in our online retreat. Thank you for your participation and commitment to deepening your own spirituality. Some of you participated silently and others shared openly, and together we share a bond that has brought us here to strengthen one another on this catechetical journey.

The retreat posts will remain available for your continued reflection. Feel free to invite others you know in faith formation ministry to begin the retreat at any time. If you missed any of the posts, they are all available here.

Retreat Posts by Joe Paprocki

These posts introduce the themes and provide reflection questions, spiritual exercises, and recommended reading suggestions.

Overview of Our Online Retreat and Introductions
An Openness to God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
An Openness to the Church
An Openness to the World
A Coherence and Authenticity of Life
Missionary Zeal
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reflection Posts

Thank you to the catechetical leaders who shared reflection posts on the themes of our retreat.

The Six Characteristics of the Spirituality of the Catechist by Julianne Stanz
Don’t Chase God; Be Caught Instead by Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy
Openness to the Church by F. DeKarlos Blackmon
Solidarity and an Openness to the World by John Gonzalez
A Recipe for Success: Coherence and Authenticity of Life by Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy
Missionary Zeal by Patrice Spirou
The Magnificat and Devotion to Our Lady by John Gonzalez

This retreat was brought to you by Loyola Press as part of our ongoing commitment to nurturing the spiritual life of catechists both online and with valuable resources throughout our catechist guides.

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. Thanks a lot for this retreat on line. It helps a lot to improve my self and strength my faith formation. I shared some posts with catechists in my parish. I am from Peru.

  2. Enjoyed the retreat, thank you for your spiritual advise. It will help me become a stronger cathecist.

  3. Thank alot for the retreat on line. I’m a parish coordinator and in the diocesan Catechetical Team of Kimberley, South Africa. I’ve shared the valuable information in both my parish of St. Peter The Apostle and the Diocese of Kimberley’s Catechetical team.

    Thanks you Once more.

    God bless.

    Basil Pogisho Makhata.
    Roman Catholic Diocese of Kimberley.
    South Africa,

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