As a religious education director, you know better than anyone that the opposite of love is indifference. For so many families, the conventional textbook experience is underwhelming. You see the results: disengaged students, apathetic parents, and frustrated catechists.
Spirit of Truth was created to help you change that dynamic.
Our new K-8 religious education program takes your students on an immersive and memorable journey through the Catholic Faith. Our engaging session plans and activities will give your catechists the confidence they need to create an engaging environment that they and their students actually look forward to each week.
[The Student Workbooks] are very well done, as are the [Catechist Guides]. They offer a lot more than many of the other texts that are out there right now.Ohio DRE
My teachers love the books; even my first time teachers are excited because they are so easy to work with.Brooklyn Director of Faith Formation
[Religious education] teachers don't usually have much time to prepare. What that means is that as a DRE I must have resources readily available that... they can use right away. Sophia Institute offers that with their ready to print worksheets, sacred art and lesson plans.Texas DRE
Complete, easy to use, and captivating!Oklahoma DRE
Spirit of Truth is in the superior range for ease of lesson preparation, [and the] genius of art as an engagement in the faith and discussion starter! Where have you been all our lives?Massachusetts DRE
I love the student driven activities: [h]aving them read directly from the Bible and drawing connections! I also like how the textbook encourages them to reflect on their learning! The students enjoy being put in the driver's seat!Pennsylvania DRE
After we started using Spirit of Truth, my students became much more engaged and I noticed a spark in them that did not exist before. They became genuinely interested.Massachusetts DRE
Spirit of Truth incorporates all the things I look for in a Catechetical text. First and foremost, it has at its core Jesus Christ, and everything is taught in reference to Him. Secondly, it is a full presentation of our Catholic Faith. Lastly I am so excited that this series is USABLE! It's INTERACTIVE! It is filled with beautiful sacred art. There is endless support from the staff at Sophia Institute and a website with tons of resources for Catechists.Kelly Vardakas, Director of Religious Education, St. Patrick Church, Yorktown Heights, NY
I can't tell you how happy we are with the Spirit of Truth series. It puts us back in a position to actually teach the Gospel message in a truthful way.Miriam Rios Day, Director of Religious Education at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Enid, OK
Students are introduced to the loving goodness of Jesus Christ, they meet the members of the Holy Family, and they learn who the saints are and what they teach us.
Students begin to develop an awareness of God as our Father in Heaven, the creator of Heaven and earth, who is all good, who created them in His image and likeness, and who loves them unconditionally.
This year focuses on how much children are loved by Jesus Christ, and how his death and Resurrection has opened the way to heaven.
Students learn what the Catholic Church is, who the Holy Spirit is and how He guides Her, and what it means that Jesus continues His mission through Her.
Most of this year focuses on the moral life, our loving response to God's great gift to us, and students explore more deeply what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God.
This year provides an in-depth exploration of God's grace in the Sacraments, with a focus on what a Sacrament is and why Jesus instituted them.
Students spend this year immersed in God's Word in the Sacred Scriptures, and explore how the Bible communicates God's plan of salvation to us.
This compelling 15-week course is designed to help students come to know and confidently defend the Catholic Faith. Focused on common objections to Christianity that are prevalent today, your student will soon be able to demonstrate scientific proof that God exists, show evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and performed miracles, and explain why He allows suffering, among many other topics. Perfect as a religion class, a public speaking elective, or a confirmation prep program, this course provides speech templates and videos, and instructions for three public speaking workshops to help your students succeed in speaking convincingly about our Faith.
All Sophia Institute for Teachers materials are written by veteran Catholic school teachers with advanced degrees. They are then tested in classrooms as well as reviewed by leading academics before publication.
In grades K-5, as long as you have a catechist guide for your use and student workbooks for each student, you are ready to go. We recommend each student have his or her own copy of the Bible to use grades 6-8.
Once you adopt the Spirit of Truth religion textbook for your parish, you will be assigned a Sophia Institute master teacher for the life of the program who will provide you and your catechists with a free, live training webinar, as well as be available via email to answer questions or provide other advice. Additional webinars that help provide background knowledge on the Faith and teaching strategies may be purchased.
We also provide your catechists with free session plans on the Sunday Gospels each week, and session plans that help students apply Catholic principles to current events are provided each month.
You may view sample units on this page. Please email us to request review copies.
We encourage you to schedule a live tour to see how Spirit of Truth can help your classroom come alive.
The beauty of Spirit of Truth is its lesson plan format. Its comprehensive but modular design ensures that it can be used successfully by experienced and knowledgeable catechists as well as by those with little to no theology or teaching background.
Because all the readings, handouts, activities, and assessments are ready to go, your students will receive a complete understanding of the Faith even if their catechist is learning along with them.
Catechists frequently report how well Spirit of Truth has increased their personal understanding of the faith and bolstered their own spiritual life.
To help you manage the expense of textbooks, we offer you 40% off if you order 10 copies or more of the student workbook.
Parishes considering Spirit of Truth may request two free sample sets of a printed teacher's guide and student workbook. Additionally, you will be given access to an online folder where you can review all grades in PDF form. If you would like additional hard copy samples, these may be purchased at regular price, and may be returned within 90 days for a full refund if you decide against adoption. Email us here to request sample sets.