Catechetical Workshop

A Catholic Response to the Sin of Racism, Austin, TX

November 15, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Austin, TX (Pastoral Center)
Austin, TX • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a one-day program in the Diocese of Austin Explore ways you can help your students understand how sin is at the root of racism and how Christ helps us overcome sin and work for holiness, peace, and justice. Themes include the dignity of the human person, the virtue of justice, and how the Church's teachings on solidarity, subsidiarity, and forgiveness can help us effectively address racism.

You'll also receive a free copy of Created in Christ, a supplemental teacher's guide packed with fully-developed lesson plans and activities that will help you engage your students with the Catholic Faith.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected speaker, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.

Registrations for this Workshop are being handled by the Diocese of Austin office of Catholic Schools. To register, click here.


Check-In and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Sacred Art and the Dignity of the Human Person
Reflect on various pieces of sacred art to help lead your students to address the sin of racism.

Building a Civilization of Love: A Catholic Response to the Sin of Racism Part 1
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, followed by Q & A.


Understanding Institutional Racism and Social Sin
Spend time engaging in various hands-on activities and small group discussions that will help your students understand the Church's wisdom on institutional racism and social sin.


Building a Civilization of Love: A Catholic Response to the Sin of Racism Part 2
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, followed by Q & A.


Racism and Solidarity
Spend time participating in interactive activities from one of the lessons in our teacher's guide: Created in Christ: A Catholic Response to the Sin of Racism.

Additional Resources, Evaluation

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge so you can confidently engage students with our Faith.

Spriritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, coming to see your calling as a witness to Christ in the classroom.

Practical Application

Practical Application

A veteran teacher follows each scholarly presentation with research-based teaching strategies, giving you immediate ways to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free, classroom-tested teacher's guide featuring 10-12 lessons with classroom activities and sacred art.



Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He 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 four children.


Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio and television programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network. Deacon Harold, a Benedictine Oblate, is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, and has written the acclaimed work, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African American Priest. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.


6225 E US 290 HWY SVRD, EB, Austin, TX 78723, USA

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