Catechetical Workshop

Encountering the Person of Jesus, August 17th

August 17, 2020
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Malvern Retreat House
Malvern, PA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a one-day program on helping students answer the question that Christ posed to the Disciples and also poses to us: "Who do you say that I am?" 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 breakfast and lunch, and both formal and informal discussions. Seating for this event will be more limited than usual in order to observe social distancing. Additionally, masks will be required to be worn.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Encountering Jesus Through Sacred Art
Spend some time coming to know Christ more deeply through examining a variety of sacred art images.

The Scandal of the Incarnation
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. James Pauley, followed by Q & A


Fully God and Fully Man
Engage in interactive activities that will help your students understand what the Church believes about Jesus’ human and divine natures.

The Catholic Proposal: Union With Christ
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. James Pauley, followed by Q & A


Scriptural Meditation
Spend time in guided meditation.

Teaching as Jesus Taught
Jesus is the model teacher and catechist. Examine His pedagogy and learn concrete ways to emulate Him in your classroom.

Additional Resources/Evaluation/Lunch
Pick up your boxed lunch on your way out.

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. James Pauley is Professor of Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University. He is the author of two books focused on the renewal of catechesis: An Evangelizing Catechesis: Teaching from Your Encounter with Christ (Our Sunday Visitor, 2020) and Liturgical Catechesis in the 21st Century: A School of Discipleship (Liturgy Training Publications, 2017). In 2014, Dr. Pauley was appointed editor of The Catechetical Review, Franciscan University’s journal dedicated to catechesis and evangelization. Dr. Pauley began working as a parish catechetical leader in 1989 and has served professionally in parish, diocesan, and university catechetical formation for more than thirty years. Having received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 2014, he enjoys serving as a frequent speaker in dioceses and parishes nationwide. Dr. Pauley is married to Katrina, and they are blessed with three daughters.

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