Catechetical Workshop

Behold Your Mother, August 6th

August 06, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, Sierra Madre
Sierra Madre, CA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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.

The health and safety of all teachers who attend our Workshops is very important to us. We will be observing and following all recommended CDC and venue precautions at our Workshops. Details of these measures will be provided for you once you register via email in the coming weeks.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Behold Your Mother Art Gallery
Spend time reflecting on various images of Our Lady.

"All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed": What the Church Believes and Teaches About Mary
Enjoy a presentation by Anne Rennie followed by Q & A.


Pray for Us Sinners...
Engage in activities that will help your students understand Mary's intercessory role in our lives.

Holy Mass


My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Anne Rennie followed by Q & A

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue
Engage in activities to help your students explore the various Marian apparitions throughout history.

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.

700 N Sunnyside Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, USA

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