Dallas Was Delightful!

Loyola Press and I are blessed to have a wonderful relationship with the Diocese of Dallas, TX, which has resulted in numerous opportunities for me to visit over the years. This past Saturday was one such opportunity, as I served as “retreat master” for about 100 catechists, reflecting on Mary as the Model for the New Evangelization. Thanks to Lourdes Mayer and Jeanne Jakubowski for inviting me to serve their catechists once again and to […]

Thank You, Winnipeg!

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba, and enjoyed spending the day with over 100 folks (catechists, youth ministers, general audience) exploring The Bible Blueprint! It’s always a joy to visit Canada and I’m deeply appreciative for the warm welcome and hospitality. I was delighted that a good number of folks brought their “young uns” along to the day-long workshop…nice to see young folks eager to learn about Scripture! One young lady […]

Have a Cup of Joe with Joe!

If you are attending the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress this week, I’d like to invite you to join us for a conversation about the New Evangelization. I will lead the conversation with a group of catechetical ministers from all over the country as we share our thoughts and insights about the meaning and implications of the New Evangelization. Complimentary coffee & breakfast pastries will be served. When: Friday, February 22, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. […]

North Woods Catechesis

I enjoyed the last couple of days in Northern Wisconsin with 100 catechetical leaders looking at how we proclaim the story of salvation through a Catholic lens. We had a wonderful time together and I hopefully set the stage for my long-time friend and colleague, Carole Eipers, to take over and carry the gathering through tomorrow. The event was organized by the Wisconsin Directors of Religious Education Federation (WDREF). I had the pleasure of seeing […]

A Shout Out to Powell, Ohio!

I had a wonderful afternoon with nearly 400 catechists who gathered at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Powell, Ohio, for their kick-off for the year. I was honored to speak on Practice Makes Catholic! Thanks, folks, for a great afternoon!

5 Hours on Church Documents in Dallas!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the day (9 am to 3 pm with one hour for lunch) with about 100 catechists in the Diocese of Dallas, TX, exploing Church documents! I know, I know…you’re insanely jealous because you would want nothing more than to spend a Saturday exploring Church documents, right? Believe it or not, we actually had a wonderfully engaging day that went by quickly. When it comes to Church […]

Mid-South Catholic Leadership Conference – Lake Barkley, KY

One of the perks of traveling is, in addition to meeting so many wonderful people, visiting some beautiful locations around the country. Today, I had the privilege of speaking at the Mid-South Catholic Leadership Conference held at Lake Barkley, KY (about 90 minutes south of Nashville, TN). Indeed, I got to spend time with some wonderful catechetical leaders, catechists, diocesan staff, (and even a bishop in the audience!) but I also got to enjoy the […]

Thank You, Green Bay!

No, I’m not thanking Green Bay for anything the Packers have done recently! I’m sending my sincere thanks to all the good folks up there who hosted a couple of wonderful catechetical events that they invited me to speak at. On Wednesday, October 26, I spent the evening with about 250 catechists in Appleton, WI, talking about The Catechist’s Toolbox. What an outstanding turnout! The next day, I spent the morning with about 75 catechetical […]

Thank You Seattle!

I spend a wonderful weekend in Seattle with about 100 catechists looking at A Well Built Faith and The Catechist’s Toolbox. Thanks to all for such a great experience…I was deeply inspired by all of you!

Thanks to Richmond, VA!

I had a wonderful weekend in Richmond, VA, doing the keynote and a couple of workshops at their “Graced by God” conference. Thanks to Eileen Brown for arranging for me to speak and to Deacon Ed Schmidt who served as my “personal assistant” throughout the day. I immensely enjoyed meeting Ed and spending the day with him and enjoying lunch with him and his wife. Thanks Ed for your selfless diaconal service, not only to […]

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