Catechetical Workshop

Engaging Hearts and Minds,: Getting Practical About Sharing the Gospel in the Classroom Diocese of Covington (K-2)

August 03, 2022
8:00 am - 2:45 pm
Diocese of Covington, KY (St. Barbara Church, Erlanger)
Erlanger, KY • Directions

All K-2 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. 

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Holy Mass

Program Introduction
Including welcome messages from Office of Catechesis and Evangelization.

Breakfast/Refreshments/Grade Level Meet & Greet

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

Using Scripture and the Catechism with K-2 Students
Explore ways to engage younger students with God’s Word and Church teaching.


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.

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


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.



Mike Gutzwiller is the Director of Curriculum Development for Sophia Institute for Teachers. Since joining the team at Sophia in 2015, Mike has been the primary author and editor of the Spirit of Truth K-12 and high school textbook series and has led professional development workshops throughout the US. Mike is the former theology department chair at St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BA from Franciscan University of Steubenville where he majored in Theology and Catechetics and has an MA in School Counseling from Marquette University. Mike lives with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Addison, in Waukesha, WI.


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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