Catechetical Workshop

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit: What Christmas is Truly About

December 09, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Virtual Workshop

This Virtual Workshop will focus on providing ways to help your students understand what it means to be poor in spirit and truly humble. We will explore this by examining the lives of the Saints, the Works of Mercy, and how God becoming man truly exemplifies this. Participants will explore content as well as practical strategies to implement with their students. This workshop is for all K-12 Catholic school teachers, catechists, and catechetical leaders.  You can choose to join us live on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm Eastern time (5:00-7:00pm Central/ 4:00-6:00pm Mountain/ 3:00-5:00pm Pacific) or watch the recording on your own time.

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Welcome and Introduction

Opening Meditation

Detachment and Humilty
Enjoy a presentation by Dr. John-Mark Miravalle


Poverty of Spirit
Spend time in virtual small groups engaging in activities that will help your students come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be truly poor in spirit.

Closing Meditation

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 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.


John-Mark Miravalle is Professor of Systematic and Moral Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. John-Mark received his doctorate in theology from the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He is director of the pre-theology program at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. He is the author of Why God? Why Jesus? Why the Catholic Church? and The Drug, the Soul, and God: A Catholic Moral Perspective on Antidepressants. He has publicly debated noted atheists on the topics of God’s existence, same-sex marriage, and theistic morality. He and his wife, Jessica, have five children.