Catechetical Workshop

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

March 23, 2019
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Notre Dame Seminary, Schulte Hall
New Orleans, 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 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.


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

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

Hearing God’s Word in Prayer: The Bible in Our Conversations with God
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Michael Barber, followed by Q & A


Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening
Spend time in silence and praying with guided meditations.

Holy Mass


The Battle of Prayer: Lessons from Scripture and the Catechism
Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Michael Barber, 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.



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.


Michael Patrick Barber is Associate Professor of Scripture and Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to his current teaching position, Dr. Barber was Dean of the School of Theology at John Paul the Great Catholic University. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller in Pasadena, CA, where he wrote a dissertation on Jesus and Jewish hopes for a new temple, a new priesthood, and a new cult, (currently being revised for publication). In addition, he has a M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University. He has published numerous articles and book reviews in academic journals (e.g., Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, Religious Studies Review) and has also written a number of books on Scripture, including, Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Grand Rapids: Zondervan), with James D.G. Dunn et al. His current book project is, The Apostle Paul (Eerdmans, forthcoming), co-written with other Catholic scholars, Brant Pitre and John Kincaid. He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, and the Academy of Catholic Theology. Dr. Barber is a regular speaker at Catholic conferences and parish events around the United States. He and his wife Kimberly have six children and live in Aurora, CO.


Notre Dame Seminary, Schulte Hall

2901 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

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