More Pics from N’awlins!

Thanks to my friend and colleague, Carol, I have some more pics to share from New Orleans (Hofinger Catechetical Conference). Here I am with Carrie as we prepare to do a product showcase featuring the Finding God bilingual program.           Here I am doing my presentation on my new book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ.             This is my attempt […]

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 […]

Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference

A great  big THANK YOU to all the good folks who came out to the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference this past weekend and especially to those who sat in on my presentations! It’s always a delight to travel to California (especially when it’s cold in Chicago!) and to share faith with you. I also had a chance to get together with my cousin Mike and his wife Mary Kay who live in San Jose…it […]

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 […]

I Love L.A.!

I’m celebrating Catholicism California style at the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, which draws about 40,000 people over four days! It is always an exciting experience. I’m thrilled to be giving a talk this afternoon and I’ve met so many wonderful people in just the few hours I’ve been here. I’ll tell you more about it as the weekend goes along. Here are a couple of pics. Here I am enjoying dinner in Downtown […]

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 […]

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