Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, October 19th

October 19, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Bishop Alemany High School)
Los Angeles, CA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program in the Archdiocese of LA 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.

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 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.


Matthew is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College. He is also the author of Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas. His research and writing concentrates on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, biblical hermeneutics and inspiration, ecumenism and interreligious affairs, and theology of religions. Matthew is involved in pastoral Christian ministry through forming permanent-diaconate candidates, Catholic school teachers, and lay parishioners. He organizes international education trips and has taught abroad in India, Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Italy. His wife, Jennifer, is an adjunct theology professor at Benedictine. They live in Atchison, Kansas, with their four children.

11111 N Alemany Dr, Mission Hills, CA 91345, USA

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