Catechetical Workshop

Prayer: A Conversation with God, Philadelphia IMS Group 2

August 26, 2022
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Independence Mission Schools (St. Malachy Catholic School)
Philadelphia, PA • Directions

We are excited to spend the day with teachers from the Independence Mission Schools system in the Archdiocese of Philidelphia for a Workshop focused on prayer. We will explore 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 importance of silence, and different forms of prayer, including Lectio Divina.

You'll also receive a free copy of The Power of Prayer, a supplemental teacher's guide packed with fully-developed lesson plans and activities that will help you engage your students with the Catholic Faith.

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

The Saints on Prayer
Spend a few moments reflecting on what some of the Saints have said about prayer and how you cand your students can find inspiration through them.

Singing is Praying Twice
Enter into prayer through song and reflect on the power of music in the spiritual life.

Prayer as Imaginative Inspiration
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Fr. Thomas Daily.


Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening
Spend time engaging in silent prayer and meditation

Holy Mass


Prayer as Effective Aspiration
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Fr. Thomas Daily.

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

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.



Mike Gutzwiller is the Director of Curriculum Development for Sophia Institute for Teachers. Since joining the team at Sophia in 2015, Mike has been the primary author and editor of the Spirit of Truth K-12 and high school textbook series and has led professional development workshops throughout the US. Mike is the former theology department chair at St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BA from Franciscan University of Steubenville where he majored in Theology and Catechetics and has an MA in School Counseling from Marquette University. Mike lives with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Addison, in Waukesha, WI.


Fr. Thomas Dailey holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  He first professed vows in the religious congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (O.S.F.S.) in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. He earned his doctoral degree in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology.   He has written, edited or translated ten books and authored more than sixty-five contributions in a variety of scholarly and pastoral publications.  His commentaries have been featured in news outlets and on digital media nationwide.  Among other professional awards, he has been selected four times for inclusion in the list of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.   


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