Catechetical Workshop

Engaging Hearts and Minds: Getting Practical About Sharing the Gospel in the Classroom, Diocese of Covington (6th-8th Grade Teachers)

August 05, 2022
8:00 am - 2:45 pm
Diocese of Covington, KY (St. Barbara Church, Erlanger)
Erlanger, KY • Directions

All 6th-8th grade religion 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 dynamic and respected national Catholic speaker and author. 

To register for this event click here.



Holy Mass

Program Introduction
Including welcome messages from the Office for Catechesis and Evangelization.

Breakfast/Refreshments/Grade Level Meet & Greet

The Evangelizing Teacher
Enjoy the first talk by Chris Stewart of Casting Nets Ministries.


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 use website features.

Grade-Level Collaboration
Share best practices and discuss solutions to challenges, including a new Google Docs Initiative.


Using Scripture and the Catechism with 6th-8th Grade Students
Explore ways to engage students with God’s Word and Church teaching.

Teaching with Sacred Art
Spend time exploring ways to most effectively use art to bring your teaching to life.


The Soul of the Teacher
Enjoy the second talk by Chris Stewart of Casting Nets Ministries

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.


Chris Stewart is a loving husband, father, and dynamic speaker who has engaged youth and adults with captivating talks for 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Maria, have been married for 16 years, are blessed with seven children, and live in Wichita, Kansas. Chris’ experience with youth, family life and death, and his ability to connect with his audience no matter what age or walk of life, has made him a sought out speaker for years. His experience in youth ministry and public speaking began in 1996 when he first taught for Totus Tuus, a summer youth catechetical program. He discovered his gift of speaking and has continued throughout the years giving countless talks in the areas of catechetics, theology, spirituality and evangelization. He has a gift for bringing his audience to laughter and tears from experiences in his own life. Chris earned his Masters of Theological Studies from the Institute of Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. His experience is widespread and includes teaching in elementary, high school, and college settings; youth ministry; and co-hosted a radio show "Casting Nets with Tony & Chris". He co-founded a group of young men in the virtue of chivalry and Marian devotion called the Knights of the Holy Queen. Prior to going full time with Casting Nets Ministries, Chris taught high school Theology for 10 years. 


4042 Turkeyfoot Rd, Erlanger, KY 41018, USA

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