Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week logo 2018

While I have served as a parish DRE and catechist over the years and have dedicated a great deal of my efforts to supporting parish catechists, I am, myself, a product of Catholic schools, having attended St. Casimir grade school, St. Ignatius College Prep, and then Loyola University of Chicago. My wife Joanne attended the same grade school, the parish high school for girls at St. Casimir, and St. Xavier College (now University), and she has taught at Mother McAuley High School, Queen of Peace High School, and Marist High School, where she continues to serve as Director of Curriculum. Our son, Mike, attended St. Lawrence High School, and our daughter Amy attended Mother McAuley High School. So, it goes without saying that I also place great value on Catholic schools!

I am proud to team with Loyola Press to once again celebrate the good work that so many people are doing in Catholic education this Catholic Schools Week, January 28 through February 3, 2018. This year’s theme is “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” We are proud to partner with all Catholic school educators in the United States.

To mark the occasion, you can download a special prayer card for teachers in honor of Catholic Schools Week. Likewise, I hope you enjoy an article I wrote, “10 Ways for Catholic School Teachers to Reinforce Catholic Identity Outside of Religion Class.” May God continue to bless all of the efforts of those who are involved in Catholic education!

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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.

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