The New Directory for Catechesis: How It Will Change the Way We Think About, Talk About, and Go About Doing Catechesis

New Directory for Catechesis Event with Joe Paprocki and Julianne Stanz (photos of the two presenters)

When it comes to catechesis, we not only pay attention to what we are proclaiming (so that it is faithful), but also how we are proclaiming (so that it is effective). When it comes to what we are proclaiming, the Church has gifted us with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. When it comes to how we are to proclaim the Good News most effectively, the Church has gifted us with the Directory for Catechesis.

The first such Directory, the General Catechetical Directory, was published in 1971. The second Directory, the General Directory for Catechesis, was published in 1997. Now, the Church has published a new Directory for Catechesis (2020) to help us proclaim the Word of God in the 21st century.

Each iteration of the Directory has had a profound impact on our way of proceeding when it comes to the task of catechizing, and this new Directory will no doubt have a significant impact on our ministry as well. To help you unpack the new Directory for Catechesis, Loyola Press invites you to save the date for an informative presentation co-hosted by Julianne Stanz, Director of Parish Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, and yours truly.

How the New Directory for Catechesis Will Change the Way We Think About, Talk About, and Go About Doing Catechesis
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
1:30–3:00 PM (CDT)

Look here in the weeks to come for information on registering for this exciting event!

If you missed the live presentation, “How the New Directory for Catechesis Will Change the Way We Think About, Talk About, and Go About Doing Catechesis” or want to watch it again, click here.

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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


  1. Looking forward to this. I got my copy a couple of weeks ago and I opened it up to a random page — it was about technology. That has to be a sign! 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      I’m not sure why you didn’t receive the registration confirmation with the link, but the recording of the presentation will be available soon.

      Denise Gorss
      Catechist’s Journey Editor

  2. I missed the Webinar. I understand there is a recording. Is it already available? Also, when will the fourth of the series on the Guide for the New Directory coming out? Or has it already come up? Thank you for all that you are doing. We have all your books in our library. MOTHER OF LIFE CENTER NOVALICHES, QUEZON CITY PHILIPPINES. It is a graduate school for catechesis and religious education. God bless and hope to hear from you soon.

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