Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, Palm Beach

October 20, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Palm Beach (St. Patrick, Palm Beach Gardens)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL • Directions

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

Schedule


8:30-9:00am
Breakfast and Check-In

9:00-9:15am
Program Introduction

9:15-9:45am
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.

9:45-10:30am
Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching
Enjoy the first talk by Deacon Anthony followed by Q & A.

10:30-10:45am
Break

10:45-11:30am
We Are Our Brother's Keeper: Solidarity
Engage in interactive activities that will help your students understand the Catholic Social Teaching principle of solidarity.

11:30am-12:15pm
Holy Mass

12:15-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00-1:45pm
Building a Civilization of Love
Enjoy the second talk by Deacon Anthony followed by Q & A

1:45-2:20pm
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.

2:20-2:30pm
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.

Presenters

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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, 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.

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Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony is a deacon and Director of Religious Education for St. Timothy Catholic Church. He received his B.A in Theology from Christendom College and his M.A in Theology from the Catholic Distance University.  He has written for numerous magazines such as Our Sunday Visitor, Mind and Spirit: Integrating Psychology and Faith, Ethics and Medics, the Black Catholic Ministries Newsletter, Deacon Digest, Lay Witness,  Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Immaculate Heart Messenger, CatholicMatch, and the Catholic Stand.   He also has two apostolates which are A M.O.M.S Peace (an organization that helps mothers experiencing the trauma of a miscarriage or stillborn birth) and Mother Of Light Center (which helps to bring the love of God to the homeless and those who are forgotten and abandoned). 

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