What a Team! Speaking in the Arena at L.A. Congress

Start with Jesus presentation panel - L.A. Congress 2020 - video screenshot

One of my favorite phrases at Loyola Press—”What a team!”—can be traced to our president emeritus, Fr. George Lane, SJ, who often reacted to success stories in this manner. This phrase captures the experience I shared earlier this year with a group of talented colleagues at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.

If you’re not familiar with the L.A. Congress, it is the largest religious education gathering in the country, drawing about 25,000 people over four days at the Anaheim Convention Center and featuring major presentations in the arena, which seats about 7,500. This year, I had the privilege of speaking in the arena along with colleagues Julianne Stanz, Dr. Ansel Augustine, Elsy Arévalo, and Becky Eldredge as we drew from Julianne’s new book, Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church. Our team worked together to offer five segments woven together seamlessly under the one umbrella topic of Start with Jesus. It was an incredible honor to be featured in the arena and to work together with this amazing ensemble of pastoral ministers. What a team!

Below is the video of the presentation. Enjoy!

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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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