Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, Diocese of San Diego

August 09, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of San Diego (Pastoral Center)
San Diego, CA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Diocese of San Diego on what some have called the Church’s best kept secret: Her Social Teaching. We will explore the major themes of Catholic Social Teaching and how we as Catholics are called to engage with the public square. 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 and catechists, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions as we honor you in your vocation.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

"I Have Given You An Example..."
Spend time reflecting on how Christ shows us how to love our neighbor.

A Prophet to the Nations
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien followed by Q & A. This presentation will explore the nature of Catholic Social Teaching and its theological foundation.


Love of God and Love of Neighbor
Spend time participating in hands-on activities that will help your students reflect on the two greatest commandments, which are the driving force for the Church's Social Teaching.

Holy Mass


The Not So Self-Evident Truths of Social Life
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q & A. This presentation will explore 7 foundational principles of Catholic social teaching (Sanctity of Human Life, The Family and Society, Rights and Responsibility, The Dignity of Work, Subsidiarity and Solidarity, Love for the Poor, Ecological Stewardship).

The Least of These
Engage in interactive activities that will help your students understand our call to serve those most in need.

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.


Michel Therrien is President and CEO of the Preambula Group, a lay apostolate serving the work of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served as the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as the Director of Evangelization. Prior to this, he served as a professor moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to that, he taught for seven years at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, also serving as Academic Dean from 2008-2012. His prior work experience includes teaching high school religion, serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and RCIA leader for various parishes. He has also led adult faith formation in various parishes since 2003. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and a Doctorate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

3888 Paducah Dr, San Diego, CA 92117, USA

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