Catechetical Workshop

Behold Your Mother, IMS, St. Thomas Aquinas

April 01, 2022
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Archdiocese of Philadelphia IMS (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Philadelphia, PA • Directions

We are excited to welcome Catholic School teachers from the Independence Mission Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for a one-day Workshop on helping 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 registration for this event is being handled by the IMS Leadership. Each school will be assigned one of three locations to attend.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Scriptural Rosary

"Hail Mary, Full of Grace..."
Enjoy the first presentation by Fr. Thomas Dailey, followed by Q & A


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

Holy Mass


"Holy Mary, Mother of God ..."
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Fr. Thomas Dailey followed by Q & A

Mary, Our Mother
Engage in activities that will help your students understand how and why Mary is our Mother

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.



Ingrid Waldstein is the Vice President for Education Programs at Sophia Institute for Teachers. Ingrid oversees the Curriculum Development, Marketing, and Educator Support teams, helping teachers and catechists to more effectively lead their students to Christ. Ingrid taught for twelve years in both elementary and high schools. She also worked in administration for eight years. While teaching, she completed an MS. Ed in Educational Leadership. She now lives in Lancaster, Massachusetts, with her husband, Benedict.


Fr. Thomas Dailey holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  He first professed vows in the religious congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (O.S.F.S.) in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. He earned his doctoral degree in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology.   He has written, edited or translated ten books and authored more than sixty-five contributions in a variety of scholarly and pastoral publications.  His commentaries have been featured in news outlets and on digital media nationwide.  Among other professional awards, he has been selected four times for inclusion in the list of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.   


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