Catechetical Workshop

Encountering God’s Love in The Sacraments, St. Louis

September 28, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of St. Louis (St. Joseph Catholic Church, Cottleville)
Cottleville, MO • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Explore what a sacrament is as well as the foundation of each of the seven sacraments. You'll learn the Old Testament roots of the Eucharist, as well as how to engage students using sacred art. 

You'll also receive a free copy of The Seven Sacraments, a supplemental teacher's guide packed with fully-developed lesson plans and activities that will help you engage your students with the Catholic Faith.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected Catholic 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 both formal and informal discussions. 


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

Sacred Art, Pop Culture, and Catechesis
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.

Baptism: Receiving our Identity from God the Father
Enjoy the first presentation by Fr. Sawyer, 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 Power of Forgiveness
Enjoy the second presentation by Fr. Sawyer, 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, 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.


Fr. Benjamin Sawyer is a priest of the Diocese of Wichita. He hold a BA in Philosophy from the University of Dallas, an MDiv and MA from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary (Emmitsburg, MD), and an STL in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has served as parochial vicar, high school chaplain and religion teacher, parish pastor, and director of ongoing formation for the clergy for the Diocese of Wichita. He currently teaches systematic theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis and serves as formation advisor.

1355 Motherhead Rd, Cottleville, MO 63304, USA

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