Catechetical Workshop

A Story of Love and Mercy, August 11

August 11, 2020
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Pastoral Center
Braintree, MA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a one-day program on the Story of Salvation. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected college professor, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and both formal and informal discussions.

Registration for this event is being handled by the Archdiocese of Boston. To register for this event click here.


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Program Introduction

Sacred Art and Salvation History
Spend time exploring how to teach the story of salvation through sacred art.

The Story of Love and Mercy: Salvation History
Enjoy the first talk by Dr. Barber, followed by Q & A.


God Keeps His Promises: Understanding Covenants
Engage in interactive activities that will help your students understand the story of how God the Father lovingly interacts with His children throughout Salvation History.

Holy Mass


Sharing Love and Mercy with Others: The Works of Mercy
Enjoy the second talk by Dr. Barber, followed by Q & A.

Christ: The Face of the Father's Mercy
Sophia Institute for Teachers Staff will lead an interactive and hands-on pedagogical session on how Christ shows us the the Mercy of the Father.

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 led over 250 of our workshops in over 45 dioceses, 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.


Anne Rennie joins the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers with eight years of teaching experience in Catholic schools. She has also taught faith formation, confirmation classes, and RCIA in parishes. Anne’s experience also includes several years in the business world and in higher ed administration. She has a BA in Liberal Studies, an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from Magdalen College, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Saint John’s Seminary in Boston.


Michael Patrick Barber is Associate Professor of Scripture and Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to his current teaching position, Dr. Barber was Dean of the School of Theology at John Paul the Great Catholic University. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller in Pasadena, CA, where he wrote a dissertation on Jesus and Jewish hopes for a new temple, a new priesthood, and a new cult, (currently being revised for publication). In addition, he has a M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University. He has published numerous articles and book reviews in academic journals (e.g., Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, Religious Studies Review) and has also written a number of books on Scripture, including, Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Grand Rapids: Zondervan), with James D.G. Dunn et al. His current book project is, The Apostle Paul (Eerdmans, forthcoming), co-written with other Catholic scholars, Brant Pitre and John Kincaid. He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, and the Academy of Catholic Theology. Dr. Barber is a regular speaker at Catholic conferences and parish events around the United States. He and his wife Kimberly have six children and live in Aurora, CO.


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