One Question with Joe Paprocki AND Another Book Review

Several weeks ago, the Publisher of Loyola Press, Fr. Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, sat down with me to ask his “One Question” and he chose to ask about the title of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus. Here’s my reply. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSo0zdOWasw Speaking of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus, here’s another wonderful review by blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn who blogs at There Will Be Bread. Thanks Fran!

Loyola Press to publish English translation of Pope Francis book

I guess I’ll have to share the Loyola Press author spot light with some upstart author! 🙂 (Check out the story in the Chicago Tribune) Seriously, this is such exciting news! Loyola Press has beat out the nation’s top publishing houses for the rights to produce the North American English translation of the first collection of Pope Francis’ words since he became pope. Congrats to Joe Durepos, our Acquisitions Editor, for discovering this “new talent” […]

Meet Pope Francis – A Teachable Moment

Loyola Press has put together some great activities related to the election of Pope Francis that you can use in your catechetical setting. They are: Find Your Pope Name Welcome Letter to the New Pope Pray for the Pope, Pray for the World Here, There, God is Everywhere! Here’s an interesting resource from the world of secular education seeking to use the election of the new Pope as a teachable moment. Here’s how a Catholic […]

Getting Started as a Catechist Webinar – Part TWO!

Here’s the full information about the upcoming PART TWO of my Webinar: Getting Started as a Catechist! Facilitator: Joe Paprocki, DMin Brought to you by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry Thursday, September 2, 2010: Part Two 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (CST)[Find out what time this is for you.] Becoming a catechist is exciting and, let’s face it, somewhat intimidating! New catechists are eager to learn some basic teaching skills to help them gain confidence as […]

Ad Multos Annos, Fr. George Lane!

Today, we celebrated Fr. George Lane, SJ, who is now beginning his new role as President Emeritus of Loyola Press.  Fr.George has been at Loyola Press since 1969 and has served as President since 1989. I had the honor of offering a few words at today’s celebration and here’s what I said, making reference to Fr. George’s wonderful practice of stopping by EVERY employee’s office/cubicle each and every day: Fr. George, many of us today […]

Mr. Potato Head: The One that Didn't Make It!

Not all of my ideas see the light of day! We have a running joke at Loyola Press about “Joe’s Mr. Potato Head Idea.” A few years ago, when I was working on activities for the Finding God junior high catechist manual, I found myself working on a lesson focusing on the giving of the Law with an emphasis on Deuteronomy 6:4-9. This passage contains what the Jewish people refer to as the Shema, the […]

Thanks to All and Congratulations to Sue!

Thanks to all of you who sent in such heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of my 3rd “blogiversary!” It means a lot to me to read about the many ways that my blog has touched the lives of catechists! Congratulations to Sue who sent in the following comment and is the winner of the drawing for an autographed set of my Loyola Press books! “Well done,my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in […]

Living the Mass – in Chinese!

I enjoyed a proud moment the other day when I was handed a copy of my book, Living the Mass, translated into Chinese! The translation was done by Cecilia Tao, a friend of Fr. George Lane, S.J., President of Loyola Press. I co-authored Living the Mass with Fr. Dom Grassi in 2005. Cecilia tells me that the book is able to be sold in China in churches but not in bookstores. Here’s a pic of […]

Activities! Activities! Activities!

Catechists are always looking for additional activities to supplement their lessons and to bring the lessons to life. This came up quite a bit in the catechist training webinars last week, especially in the Q & A. I told people to check with publishers’ Web sites since most provide some kind of help.

A Sample Guided Reflection

In tonight’s Webinar presentation, I offered tips for leading guided reflections. I promised to post a sample on my blog for your convenience. This is taken from the Finding God program which includes scripts for guided reflections in each unit. Another good resource for guided reflections is Guided Reflections for Children, Volumes 1 and 2 (Loyola Press). Called to Holiness – (Time: approximately 10 minutes)   We all have imagination. Imagination allows us to go places […]

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