Catechetical Workshop

Encountering the Person of Jesus, Diocese of Charlotte

November 19, 2021
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Charlotte, NC (Belmont Abbey College)
Belmont, NC • Directions

Catholic school teachers in the Diocese of Charlotte are invited to join us 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.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Encountering Jesus: The Gospels and the Journey of Faith
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Alessandro Rovati, followed by Q&A.


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

Holy Mass

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.


“Peter, do you love me?” Following Jesus Today
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Alessandro Rovati, followed by Q&A.

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

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. Alessandro Rovati is Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College. A graduate of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy, Dr. Rovati’s scholarship focuses on Christian Ethics, Moral Theology, and Catholic Social Teaching. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and online publications, while also traveling in several dioceses to teach youth, laity, clergy, catechists, and teachers about the riches of the Catholic faith and the challenges Christians face in today's society. He is a Board Member of New Wine New Wineskins, a national association for early-career Catholic moral theologians.

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