Catechetical Workshop

Behold Your Mother, August 16th

August 16, 2021
8:15 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Malvern Retreat House)
Malvern, PA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on helping your students increase their devotion to Our Lady and come to understand Mary's role in the Church and their lives more deeply. 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 engage in both formal and informal discussion.

Please note that this date is only open to 1st-8th grade teachers. If you teach K or Pre-K and would like to attend on August 18th please contact Heidi Peters (hpeters@sophiainstitute.com) to be added to our waiting list. 

Schedule


8:15-9:00am
Check-in and Breakfast

9:00-9:15am
Program Introduction

9:15-9:45am
Scriptural Rosary

9:45-10:30am
Hail Mary, Full of Grace
Enjoy the first presentation by Sr. Johanna, followed by Q & A

10:30-10:45am
Break

10:45-11:30am
Behold Your Mother Art Gallery
Spend time reflecting on various images of Our Lady.

11:30am-12:15pm
Holy Mass

12:15-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00-1:45pm
My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord
Enjoy the second presentation by Sr. Johanna, followed by Q & A

1:45-2:20pm
Mary, Our Mother
Engage in activities that will help your students understand how and why Mary is our Mother.

2:20-2:30pm
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.

Presenters

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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 300 of our workshops in over 50 dioceses, is the host of our new podcast, Christ in the Classroom, 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.

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Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, she holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma as well as an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. Involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level, Sr. Johanna has also spent several years as a Catholic school teacher. In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. Sr. Johanna is also engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.

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