Catechetical Workshop

Encountering God’s Love in the Sacraments, Grand Rapids

August 19, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Grand Rapids (Cathedral Square Center)
Grand Rapids, MI • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a one-day program on experiencing the power of  God's love in a personal way through the sacraments. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected university 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. 


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Sacred Art, Pop Culture, and Catecheis
Spend time examining ways to incorporate sacred art and pop culture into your lessons in order to help engage students in the truths of our Catholic faith.

Encountering Christ in the Sacraments
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Amy Roberts, followed by Q & A.


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

Holy Mass


The Sacraments and Discipleship
Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Amy Roberts, followed by Q & A.

The Mercy and Healing Power of God: Reconciliation
Sophia Institute for Teachers Staff will lead an interactive and hands-on pedagogical session on the sacrament of Reconciliation.

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.


Dr. Amy Roberts is a Professor of Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Amy is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of Catholic schools. Prof. Amy Roberts majored in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and earned her Master's degree in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Amy taught high school religion for 13 years, including 11 years at Knoxville Catholic High School, before returning to Franciscan University to serve on the Catechetics faculty. She has also spoken at several high school age retreats, led several parish Bible studies, taught an ongoing diocesan adult education classes on the sacraments, and presented in Aquinas College’s catechist formation program for the Diocese of Knoxville. She recently published “Catholic Education: Making Citizens and Saints” in Momentum, the official journal of the National Catholic Educational Association.

360 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

Get Directions