Catechetical Workshop

Created in Christ: A Catholic Response to the Sin of Racism, Diocese of Arlington

March 24, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Arlington, VA (St. Mary of Sorrows Parish, Fairfax)
Fairfax, VA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Diocese of Arlington, VA on the Catholic response to racism. This Workshop will guide teachers to help students consider how sin is at the root of racism, and how Christ helps us overcome sin and work for holiness, peace, and justice in the world. We will also examine how, though often well-intended, educational or political approaches that fail to acknowledge our wounded human nature and need for God’s grace will inevitably fall short or even make things worse. 

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, 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.


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

Sacred Art, The Saints, and The Dignity of the Person
Spend time exploring sacred art and the lives of saints to help engage students with the beauty of the universality of the Church and our Faith.

The Church and Racism
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Arthur Hippler, followed by Q & A.


Racism, Solidarity, and Forgiveness
Spend time exploring how examples from American history have shown us the importance of the principle of solidarity in responding to the sin of racism, as well as the grace of forgiveness.

Holy Mass


The Gospel vs. Secular Ideologies: A Catholic Response to Racism
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Arthur Hippler, followed by Q & A.

Conversion and the Gifts of the Holy Spirt
Engage in activities that will help your students see the importance of personal conversion and the grace of the Holy Spirit in our response to racism.

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 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.


Arthur Hippler is Chairman of the Religion Department at Providence Academy, where he has taught since 2006. He also teaches as an adjunct professor in St. Paul School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas and as an instructor in the Harry Flynn Catechetical Institute for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in California, he received his Doctorate in Philosophy from Boston College. He is the author of four books, two on Catholic social teaching and two iBooks on C. S. Lewis. He is married with five children.

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