"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 DRE's and Catechists 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 catechists, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.
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.
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.
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