Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, Diocese of Wilmington

November 10, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Wilmington, DE (St. Margaret of Scotland, Newark)
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Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Diocese of Wilmington, DE. Explore in-depth the Church’s social teachings and ways you can help your students learn how they are called to serve God and neighbor. You’ll explore topics such as human dignity, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, just war theory, the proper role of government, the different types of justice, and our call to care for the poor and vulnerable.

You'll also receive a free copy of Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, a supplemental teacher's guide packed with fully-developed lesson plans and activities that will help you engage your students with the Catholic Faith.

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

Who Is My Neighbor?
Spend time engaging in activities that reflect on the parable of the Good Samaritan and what the parable can teach our students about Catholic Social Teaching.

Catholic Social Teaching 101: Charity in Truth, Truth in Charity.
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.


We Are Our Brother's Keeper: Solidarity
Engage in interactive activities that will help your students understand the Catholic Social Teaching principle of solidarity.

Holy Mass


For the Good of Man and the World: The Church’s Vision of an Integral Ecology
Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.

Giving Others Their Due: Understanding Justice
Explore primary sources and engage in hands-on activities using those sources to help your students come to a greater understanding of the Church's social teaching.

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.


Dr. Matthew Ramage is Professor of Theology at Benedictine College where he is co-director of its Center for Integral Ecology. Dr. Ramage’s research and writing focuses especially on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI, the wedding of ancient and modern approaches to biblical interpretation, the dialogue between faith and science, and stewardship of creation. In addition to his other scholarly and outreach endeavors, Dr. Ramage is author, co-author, or translator of over fifteen books, including Christ’s Church and World Religions from Sophia Institute Press. His latest book is From the Dust of the Earth: Benedict XVI, the Bible, and the Theory of Evolution, published by Catholic University of America Press. Dr. Ramage lives in Atchison, Kansas with his wife, Jen, and their seven children. For more on Dr. Ramage’s work, visit his website

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