Catechetical Workshop

Making the Most Out of Lent, Diocese of Fresno

March 15, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual Workshop

All Diocese of Fresno Catholic School teachers are invited to join us for a FREE two hour Virtual Retreat on making the most out of Lent for ourselves and our students.  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.


Welcome and Introduction

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving
Spend time in Virtual Breakout groups exploring various activities to help your students make prayer, fasting, and almsgiving more meaningful.

With Christ in the Desert: Making Lent Meaningful
Enjoy a presentation by Dr. Scott Hefelfinger.


Using Music and Sacred Art for Lent
Engage in activities that incorporate music and art to aide in the lenten experience.

Closing Meditation

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.


Scott G. Hefelfinger is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He holds a PhD in Moral Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an STL in Systematic Theology from the International Theological Institute, an STM from the same, and a BA in Music Composition from the University of California at Berkeley. Drawing on his experience with art, traveling missionary work with NET Ministries, and the richness of family life, Dr. Hefelfinger has lectured and taught internationally on a wide variety of topics, most of which center on Christ’s promise of “life in abundance” (Jn 10:10) and the expressions this life finds in culture, music, literature, and the varied communities we inhabit. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for Franciscan University of Steubenville (Austrian campus), the International Theological Institute, and the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he speaks regularly on morality, prayer, and family life at parishes and conferences. Dr. Hefelfinger has published in scholarly journals and translated several theological works; he is currently finishing up a book project exploring the common good and international society in Catholic social thought. He and his wife, along with their three children, live in Centennial, CO, and love how the Rockies remind them of the Austrian Alps.