Catechetical Workshop

Encountering the Person of Jesus, St. Louis

September 30, 2023
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of St. Louis (Ascension Catholic Church, Chesterfield)
Chesterfield, MO • Directions

DRE's Catechists, and Catholic School Teachers from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are invited to join us for a one-day program on Encountering the Person of Jesus! Explore what the Gospels and Divine Revelation teach us about who Jesus is and how to help your students understand why God became man. You’ll also learn how to lead your students to a deeper encounter with Jesus through art, as well as how you can imitate Christ’s pedagogy in your classroom.

You'll also receive a free copy of Encountering the Person of Jesus, 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 scholar, 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 engage in both formal and informal discussions.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

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

Encountering the Person of Jesus: Christ in You, the Hope of Glory
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Scott Sollom, 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.

Holy Mass


True God and True Man
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Scott Sollom, 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 been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, 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. Scott Sollom is a professor of theology at Franciscan University who has worked in the field of catechesis and evangelization for 15 years. He has published articles in the Catechetical Review and The Sower Journal, and co-authored faith formation curriculums for the Association for Catechumenal Ministry, as well as Symbolon. Scott’s wife, Mary, has taught in the local Catholic high school for over 10 years. They live in Steubenville, Ohio, with their five children.

230 Santa Maria Dr, Chesterfield, MO 63005, USA

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