Pop-Up Catechesis: Celebrating Diversity

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

One of the most beautiful characteristics of the Catholic Church is its unique diversity, which has been present since the beginning of the Church on that first Pentecost. Today, there are between 1.2 and 1.3 billion Catholics in the world. In the Archdiocese of Chicago alone, where I live, Mass is celebrated every week in more than 50 languages. It is not enough for us, however, to simply recognize or tolerate this diversity; it is something we are called to celebrate! In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we focus on celebrating the rich diversity of our Church.

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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.


  1. Great stuff! On the topic of the diverse Church, I think it would be great to bring up the diversity in ways to be Catholic. There are 21 different rites in the Church, so 21 different ways to be Catholic! I think bringing awareness to the Eastern Rites will also bring about more unity within our Catholic communities and make a more whole Catholic Church. Breathe with both lungs, as Pope JP2 said. We can’t have unity if we don’t know our brother exists.

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