Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, Diocese of Grand Rapids

March 04, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Grand Rapids (Cathedral Square Center)
Grand Rapids, MI • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Diocese of Grand Rapids 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.

Integral Human Development and Catholic Social Teaching
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Andrew Kim, followed by Q & A.


Love of God and Love of Neighbor
Engage in interactive activities that will help your students understand some of the foundational principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Holy Mass


Virtue Ethics and the Dignity of the Human Person
Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Andrew Kim, followed by Q & A.

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 led over 300 of our workshops in over 50 dioceses, is the host of our new podcast, Christ in the Classroom, 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. Andrew Kim is Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities and Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University. Having completed his Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America in 2013, Dr. Kim was an Assistant Professor at Walsh University prior to joining the Marquette faculty in 2017. His research and teaching focus on interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to the theology of addiction and recovery. He has also written on virtue ethics and just war theory. His previous publications include the monograph, An Introduction to Catholic Ethics since Vatican II (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His journal articles have appeared in The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, New Blackfriars, Studies in Christian Ethics, and The Journal of Moral Theology, among other venues.

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