Pop-Up Catechesis: Teresa of Avila and the Doctors of the Church

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

When we think of doctors, we tend first to think of medical doctors working in hospitals and medical centers, caring for sick people. However, there are many other kinds of doctors. Someone who has earned a doctorate in his or her field is seen as one who has achieved the most advanced degree in an academic discipline. Such doctors are regarded as authorities in their fields.

In the Catholic Church, there are several dozen—36 to be exact—saints who are Doctors of the Church. They have been given this honor because their theological and spiritual writings and teachings are considered some of the most important and timeless resources to advance the mission of the Church. One such Doctor of the Church is St. Teresa of Ávila, whose feast we celebrate on October 15. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore St. Teresa of Ávila, Doctor of the Church.

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About Joe Paprocki 2571 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 www.catechistsjourney.com.

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