Catechetical Workshop

Exploring Catholic Social Teaching, San Francisco Group 4

September 02, 2022
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Archdiocese of San Francisco (St. Pius, Redwood City)
Redwood 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 Saint and Catholic Social Teaching
Spend time exploring ways to help your students discover Catholic Social Teaching through the lives of the Saints.

Living the Beatitudes: Basic Principles of Catholic Social Justice
Enjoy the first presentation by Deacon Harold


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

Truth, Freedom, and the Human Person: Understanding Our Life in Christ
Enjoy the second presentation by Deacon Harold.


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.



Carrie joined the Sophia Institute for Teachers team in 2019. As an Educator Support Specialist, she served the needs of parishes and schools using the Spirit of Truth series. Prior to coming to Sophia Institute for Teachers, she worked as a director of faith formation and youth minister for 20 years. Teaching the Faith has been her life’s mission and passion since she was a senior in high school. She has an undergraduate degree in business management and has studied theology and catechetics with Franciscan University of Steubenville and the University Notre Dame. Carrie lives in New Hampshire with her husband of 31 years, Mike, and is a proud mother and new grandmother.


Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio and television programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network. Deacon Harold, a Benedictine Oblate, is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, and has written the acclaimed work, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African American Priest. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.


1100 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061, USA

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