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If you are a Catholic school teacher or parish catechist looking to deepen your understanding of the sacraments so you can more effectively engage young people, then look no further than this six-part course on the seven sacraments. Dr. Michel Therrien takes you on an engaging journey through each of the Sacraments as he unpacks how they provide us with the grace and strength to live a moral and virtuous life.
Each of the six 30-minute sessions with Dr. Therrien is followed by a short presentation by Master Teacher Jose Gonzalez who uses his decade of classroom experience to bring immediate, practical suggestions for applying your new knowledge in the classroom.
You will also receive an electronic copy of The Seven Sacraments Teacher's Guide, which features 10 lesson plans that enable you to go beyond the limitations of current textbooks by offering a more comprehensive and in-depth approach to engaging students with the sacraments.
Each self-contained lesson is teacher-written, classroom-tested, and scholar-reviewed, and includes background readings, student homework, classroom activities, games, role plays, and more. Lessons are available for both elementary and high school classrooms.
Only $49.99 for you or for your entire department when you watch it together on retreat or formation days.
For a live component, invite one of our master teachers to join you and your teachers via Skype for $250. For more details, please contact Glenna Walsh at 800-888-9344.
Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers after more than 10 years as a high school teacher at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a youth minister and a coordinator of Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Denver. Jose is also an experienced speaker and presenter whose experiences include youth and Confirmation gatherings, RCIA classes, and adult faith formation. Jose has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have two daughters and a son.
Dr. Michel Therrien is the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership at the Diocese of Pittsburgh and a visiting professor at the Augustine Institute. Michel taught at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for seven years, serving as academic dean from 2008 to 2012. His prior work experience includes teaching high school religion, and serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and an RCIA leader for various parishes. He holds a BA in theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an MA in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a licentiate in sacred theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and a doctorate in fundamental moral theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
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