Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, San Francisco Group 1

September 02, 2022
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Archdiocese of San Francisco (St. Hilary, Tiburon)
Tiburon, CA • Directions

We are excited to spend the day with teachers from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. 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, solidarity, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, 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 speaker, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, and engage in both formal and informal discussions as we honor you in your vocation. 

Registration for this event is being handled by the Office of Catholic Schools. This is one of four locations for this event. Each school will be assigned to a location.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

The Saints and Catholic Social Teaching
Spend time exploring ways to help your students discover Catholic Social Teaching through the lives of the Saints.

The 7 Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Part 1
Enjoy the first presentation by Sister Johanna.


Sacred Art and Catholic Social Teaching
Spend time reflecting on various themes of Catholic Social Teaching through sacred art.

We Are Our Brother's Keeper: Solidarity Part 1
Spend time exploring and reflecting on the Catholic Social Teaching principle of Solidarity

Break/Transition to Mass

Holy Mass

The Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Part 2
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Sr. Johanna.

We Are Our Brother's Keeper: Solidarity Part 2
Finish up the reflection and activities begun before Mass.

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.



Rosemary Circo received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern California in 1987, and a Clear Teaching Credential in 1989, from the State of California. Rosemary teaches TK through 8th grade music, middle school religion, is a certified catechist and Vice Principal with over twenty years of experience at Saint Bruno Catholic Grade School in the city of Whittier, California. Rosemary is also an accomplished musician, and vocal soloist. She has sung at the Vatican and was selected as a featured soloist for Pope John Paul II during World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado. Her experiences include various Archdiocesan performances, liturgy celebrations and recordings for Christian and end of life ministry. She has been married for almost thirty-five years to her grade school sweetheart. They have two grown children Anthony who just got married last June and Claire who is soon to be married in December.  Rosemary brings “real world” experiences and life lessons to help students reach their understanding of the teachings of Jesus.


Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, she holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma as well as an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. Involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level, Sr. Johanna has also spent several years as a Catholic school teacher. In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. Sr. Johanna is also engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.


761 Hilary Dr, Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920, USA

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