Catechetical Workshop

Created in His Image: Discovering Who God Created Us To Be, November 16th

November 16, 2021
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Boston (St. Augustine School)
Andover, MA • Directions

Join us for a day-long Workshop where we will examine the root causes of today’s most difficult issues; explore how to address students’ questions on these issues; analyze how the cultural climate can impact our own worldview, even without our realizing it; and assess ways to engage the culture with a genuine Christian anthropology. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected speaker, 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 as we honor you in your vocation.


Check-in and Coffee

Program Introduction

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Art Gallery
Spend time examining a variety of art to help discover the truth about who we are, who God is, and whom He made us to be.

Know Thyself
Enjoy the first presentation by Steven Rummelsburg, followed by Q & A


"Wise Man" Vs. "Modern Man"
Engage in an interactive activity that will explore how to introduce your students to some basic principles of Philosophy in order to help them discern between true and false cultural narratives.

Transition to Mass

Holy Mass


What is Truth?
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Steven Rummelsburg, followed by Q & A.

Male and Female He Created Them
Spend time engaging in hands-on activities that will help students understand more deeply what it means to be created male and female and in God’s image.

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.


Steven is the Executive Director of The Seven Institutes at Veritatis Splendor Education where he is in the process of developing a Catholic liberal arts university and an authentic teacher formation program. He has been in public and private education for over 31 years, until recently as a mentor and master teacher at John Adams Academy in California. He is a senior fellow at The American Principles Project and a senior fellow at The Cardinal Newman Society. He is on the Teacher Advisory Council at Sophia Institute Press for teachers where he has written Catholic curriculum for the last 8 years. He also serves on the advisory council for Aquinas Learning. Steven has been on the boards of several faithful classical Catholic schools in the capacity of educational advisor including Ave Maria Academy and Mater Christi Academy. Steven is a writer, speaker and critic of modern education and regularly publishes articles on education, culture, and faith. Steven was the writer in residence at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta for the 2017-2018 school year where he had taught 12th grade philosophy for four years. He was a senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative for six years as well as a regular contributor to Catholic Exchange and The Integrated Catholic Life. He has also contributed to several other publications. Steven has appeared on the Matt Fradd show and on Pints with Aquinas several times.

26 Central St, Andover, MA 01810, USA

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