Catechetical Workshop

Forming Disciples in an Age of Unbelief, Diocese of Covington, KY (6th-8th Grade Teachers)

August 06, 2021
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Covington, KY (Sterling Center at St. Barbara Parish)
Erlanger, KY • Directions

All 6th-8th grade religion teachers in the Diocese of Covington, KY are invited to join us for a one-day workshop that 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. We will explore the relationship between faith and reason, how to help our students navigate a morally relativistic society, and participate in interactive activities that will engage both the hearts and minds of your students. You will have the opportunity to share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and take part in both formal and informal discussions.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Wise Man vs. "Modern" Man
Engage in an interactive activity that will explore how to introduce your students to some basic principles of Philosophy.

Two Chords and the Truth
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q & A. This will present faith and reason as two pathways to truth and their relationship to each other.


Sacred Art Gallery Walk
Spend time reflecting, praying with, and discussing on a variety of pieces of sacred art to help teach your students various truths of the faith.

Holy Mass


Getting Beyond the Reef
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q & A. This presentation will explore how to engage a culture that no longer believes in faith or reason.

Behold I Make All Things New
Spend time participating in activities that will help your students see the power of God through the story of Salvation History.

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 300 of our workshops in over 50 dioceses, is the host of our new podcast, Christ in the Classroom, 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.

4042 Turkeyfoot Rd, Erlanger, KY 41018, USA

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