Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, San Francisco Group 3

September 02, 2022
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Archdiocese of San Francisco (Our Lady of Mercy, Daly City)
Daly City, 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.

Getting Social About Catholic Social Teachings- History, Purpose, and General Overview of Catholic Social Teachings
Enjoy the first talk by Deacon Anthony


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

The Catholic Social Teachings-7 Pillars to Building the Kingdom of God
Enjoy the second talk by Deacon Anthony


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

Additional Resources, Evaluation

Break/Transition to Mass

Holy Mass

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.


Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony is a deacon and Director of Religious Education for Holy Trinity 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). 


1 Elmwood Dr, Daly City, CA 94015, USA

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