Catechetical Workshop

Prayer: A Conversation with God, New Orleans (Northshore)

March 22, 2019
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of New Orleans Northshore Pastoral Center
Covington, LA • Directions

"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 are excited to invite Catholic School Religion teachers from the Archdiocese of New Orleans to join us for a FREE 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 teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.


Check-In and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Praying with Music and Sacred Art
Spend time entering into prayer through sacred music and sacred art.

Called to Communion: Prayer as Intimacy with God
Enjoy the first talk by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q&A


Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening
Spend time in silence and prayer through guided meditation.

Holy Mass


Spirituality and the Soul’s Journey toward Perfection
Enjoy the second talk by Dr. Michel Therrien, followed by Q&A

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.

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

Spriritual 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.



Michael Gutzwiller is the Director of Curriculum Development for Sophia Institute for Teachers. Prior to joining the team at Sophia, Mike served as chair of the theology department at St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he taught for six years. He studied theology and catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has an MA in school counseling from Marquette University, where he is currently studying educational policy and leadership. Mike lives with his beautiful wife, Sarah, in Milwaukee.


Dr. Michel Therrien is the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership at the Diocese of Pittsburgh and a visiting professor at the Augustine Institute. Michel taught at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for seven years, serving as academic dean from 2008 to 2012. His prior work experience includes teaching high school religion, and serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and an RCIA leader for various parishes. He holds a BA in theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an MA 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.


Archdiocese of New Orleans Northshore Pastoral Center

4465 Hwy 190 East Service Rd, Covington, LA 70433

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