Catechetical Workshop

Called to Hope: A Virtual Retreat for Catholic School Teachers and Catechists in the Diocese of Covington, KY

March 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual Workshop

All Catholic School teachers, catechetical leaders and catechists from the Diocese of Covington, KY are invited to join us for a FREE two hour interactive Virtual Workshop and Retreat. This session will explore ways we can help ourselves and our students live with greater hope in the midst of any number of cricumstance in our lives. 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 catechists and enjoy both formal and informal discussions.


This Virtual Workshop is being offered exclusively for teachers and catechists in the Diocese of Covington, KY and will take place via Zoom. To register click here.


Welcome and Introduction

Meditations on Hope
Spend time engaging in reflection and discussion on the meaning of Hope.

Having True Hope
Enjoy a presentation by Sr. Johanna Paruch.


The Light Shines in the Darkness and the Darkness Has Not Overcome It
Engage in interactive activities to help your students understand what hope is and to trust in the promises of Christ.

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 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.


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.