"Lord, Teach us to pray." Jesus' own Apostles asked for His help in learning to pray. So often our students and even we ourselves need help praying. Prayer is something so essential to the Christian life, yet it can often seem complicated. We invite you to join our workshop staff for a one-day program on finding simple yet profound ways we can enter and help our students enter into a more intimate relationship with our Lord through prayer. 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 catechists, and enjoy both formal and informal discussions.
Registration for this event is being handled by the Diocese of Gary.
Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge so you can confidently engage students with our Faith.
You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, coming to see your calling as a witness to Christ in the classroom.
A veteran teacher follows each scholarly presentation with research-based teaching strategies, giving you immediate ways to apply this knowledge in the classroom.
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 after more than 10 years as a high school teacher at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a youth minister and a coordinator of Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Denver. Jose is also an experienced speaker and presenter whose experiences include youth and Confirmation gatherings, RCIA classes, and adult faith formation. Jose 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 two daughters and a son.
Sister Mary Anne joined the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee in August of 1989 and celebrated her Silver Jubilee of religious profession in 2016. With her six brothers, Sister grew up in a small, west Texas ranching community on the Rio Grande. Prior to entering the convent, Sister earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Christendom College in Virginia. In 1999, she earned a Master of Education at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and in 2013 she completed a Doctor of Education from the University of Memphis. Some summers have found her studying graduate theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville. For over 25 years, Sister has taught or administered in schools in Tennessee, Virginia, and Indiana. Her most recent work has been in educator preparation as Dean of the School of Education at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. Throughout her time as a consecrated religious serving in Catholic education, Sister Mary Anne has found forming relationships with teachers, students, and parents grounded in a mutual love of Christ and His Church to be profoundly life-giving.
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