Catechetical Workshop

Prayer: A Conversation with God, Kuemper Catholic School System

December 11, 2023
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa (Kuemper Catholic School System, Carroll, IA)
Carroll, IA • Directions

We are excited to spend the day with the teachers from the Kuemper Catholic School system in the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa on the power of prayer. We will spend the day exploring the various forms of prayer and how you can lead your students to enter into a more intimate relationship with Our Lord. You’ll also learn the examination of conscience, the importance of silence, and the different ways to pray, including Lectio Divina.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, 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.

 

Registration for this event is being handled by the Kuemper Catholic School System

Schedule


8:30-9:00am
Breakfast and Check-In

9:00-9:15am
Program Introduction

9:15-9:45am
Praying with Music and Sacred Art
Spend time entering into prayer through sacred music and sacred art.

9:45-10:30am
Called to Communion: Prayer as Intimacy with God
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q & A

10:30-10:45am
Break

10:45-11:30am
Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening
Spend time in silence and praying with guided meditations

11:30am-12:15pm
Holy Mass

12:15-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00-1:45pm
Spirituality and the Soul’s Journey Toward Perfection
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q & A

1:45-2:20pm
Seek and You Will Find; Knock and the Door Will be Opened
Spend time engaging in the different types of prayer and learn ways to help your students understand and enter into them as well.

2:20-2:30pm
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.

Presenters

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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.

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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.

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