Catechetical Workshop

Encountering God’s Love in the Sacraments, Chicago

February 08, 2019
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
The Carleton of Oak Park
Oak Park, IL • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program on encountering God's love in the sacraments. 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 both formal and informal discussions.


Breakfast and Check-In
Enjoy breakfast onsite while getting to know your fellow Workshop participants.

Program Introduction

Pop Culture, Sacred Art, and Catechesis
Discover ways to use pop culture and sacred art as a means to engage students in teaching them about the sacraments.

Encountering God through the Sacraments
Enjoy the first of two presentations Fr. Thomas Dailey, followed by Q & A


The Eucharist and the Passover
Engage in interactive activities that will help your students understand the historical roots of the Eucharist.

Holy Mass


Receiving Grace through the Sacramental Encounter
Enjoy the second presentation by Fr. Thomas Dailey, followed by Q & A

The Mercy and Healing Power of God: Reconciliation
Sophia Institute for Teachers Staff will present a pedagogical session on the Sacrament of Reconciliation incorporating Sacred art and other interactive activities.

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

Spriritual 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 after more than 10 years as a high school teacher at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a youth minister and a coordinator of Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Denver. Jose is also an experienced speaker and presenter whose experiences include youth and Confirmation gatherings, RCIA classes, and adult faith formation. Jose 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 two daughters and a son.


Rev. Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S. holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The Cardinal Foley Chair supports the work of the Church in the realm of Gospel communications by educating seminarians and other students, informing staff in parishes and (arch)dioceses, and dialoguing with journalists and media professionals. Prior to his appointment at the seminary, Fr. Dailey taught as a faculty member at DeSales University (Center Valley, PA) for 29 years. There he was a tenured professor of Theology, the inaugural Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality, and the founding director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. He also taught occasionally at Immaculata University, the Washington Theological Union, and in the National Institute for Clergy Formation. Fr. Dailey earned a doctoral degree in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), where he completed his dissertation on the biblical Book of Job. He has lectured internationally on topics in biblical theology, Salesian spirituality, and Catholic higher education. He has written, edited or translated eight books and more than forty articles/chapters in a variety of scholarly and pastoral publications worldwide. He now writes a monthly column for and contributes regularly to the Seminarian Casual blog.


The Carleton of Oak Park

1110 Pleasant St, Oak Park, IL 60302

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