Catechetical Workshop

Behold Your Mother, Philadelphia

June 15, 2020
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Malvern Retreat House
Malvern, PA • Directions

Out of concern and respect for the current state and archdiocesan health guidelines responding to COVID-19, this workshop has been canceled and we are working to reschedule it. In the meantime, please visit our virtual workshops page to enjoy quality professional development from the comfort of you own home. We hope to see you in person soon!

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that will focus on Mariology and Marian Devotion. 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 discussions.



Program Introduction

Behold Your Mother Art Gallery
Spend time exploring various images of our Blessed Mother and how these images point us to and draw us closer to her son, Jesus.

Mary, Mother of God
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.


Hail, Full of Grace
Spend time engaging in interactive activities that will help your students understand the main Marian Dogmas.

Holy Mass


Mary, Our Mother in Faith
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.

Blessed Art Thou Among Women
Explore what scripture and the various apparitions of our Blessed Mother teach us and how they lead us closer to Jesus.

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.


Matthew is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College. He is also the author of Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas. His research and writing concentrates on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, biblical hermeneutics and inspiration, ecumenism and interreligious affairs, and theology of religions. Matthew is involved in pastoral Christian ministry through forming permanent-diaconate candidates, Catholic school teachers, and lay parishioners. He organizes international education trips and has taught abroad in India, Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Italy. His wife, Jennifer, is an adjunct theology professor at Benedictine. They live in Atchison, Kansas, with their four children.


315 S Warren Ave, Malvern, PA 19355, USA

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