Catechetical Workshop

Engaging Hearts and Minds: Getting Practical About Sharing the Gospel in the Classroom, Diocese of Covington (3rd-5th Grade Teachers)

August 04, 2022
8:00 am - 2:45 pm
Diocese of Covington, KY (St. Barbara Church, Erlanger)
Erlanger, KY • Directions

All 3rd-5th grade teachers in the Diocese of Covington, KY are invited to join us for a day of reflection and professional development. This day will lead teachers in reflecting on their mission and calling as Catholic educators while allowing them time for collaboration, participation in formal and informal discussions, time to engage in interactive activities, and an opportunity to learn from a respected college professor. 

Registration for this event is being handled by the Diocese of Covington



Holy Mass


Program Introduction

The Mission and Spirituality of a Catechist
Enjoy the first talk by Sr. Johanna.


Sacred Art, Pop Culture, and Catecheis
Spend time exploring ways to most effectively use art and pop culture with your students in class.

Receive advice and encouragement from an Educator Support Specialist on how to make Spirit of Truth your own in the classroom. Explore best practices, tips on lesson planning, supplemental resources and activities, and how to best use features on the website.


Grade-Level Collaboration
Spend time collaborating with your colleagues.

Using Scripture and the Catechism with 3rd-5th Grade Students
Explore age appropriate ways of exposing students to Scripture and the Catechism.


The Teacher as Witness
Enjoy the second presentation by Sr. Johanna.

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.


Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, she holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma as well as an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. Involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level, Sr. Johanna has also spent several years as a Catholic school teacher. In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. Sr. Johanna is also engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.


4042 Turkeyfoot Rd, Erlanger, KY 41018, USA

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