Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching Part 1, Diocese of Austin, TX

November 06, 2020
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Virtual Workshop

Catholic School teachers, Catechists, DRE's and Homeschooling Parents from the Diocese of Austin, TX are invited to join us for a FREE three hour Virtual Workshop exploring what has been called the Church's best kept secret: Social Teaching. 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 enjoy both formal and informal discussions.


This event will take place through Zoom. To register click here. 

Please note: Part 2 of this topic will take place on January 26th and will also be virtual. For more information and to register for part 2, click here Teachers can register for just one or both parts. Attendance at both parts is not required.


Welcome and Introduction

Human Dignity and Solidarity
Explore activities that will help your students understand that being made in God's image calls us to care for others and respect the most vulnerable in our midst. This session will include an opportunity to work in virtual breakout groups.

Catholic Social Teaching: A Prophetic Word for the Nations
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien.


Justice and Charity
Engage in activities that will help your students come to a deeper understanding of the virtues of justice and charity and how they are linked as well as how they are different. This session will also include time in virtual breakout groups.

Realism or Ideology? The Gospel of Human Dignity
Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien.

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 250 of our workshops in over 45 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.


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.