Catechetical Workshop

Prayer: A Conversation with God, Springfield, MA

March 13, 2019
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mary Mother of Hope Church
Springfield, MA • Directions

"Lord, Teach us to pray." Jesus' own Apostles asked for His help in learning to pray. Prayer is something so essential to the Christian life, yet it can often seem complicated. We are excited to spend the day with Principals from the Diocese of Springfield, MA for a one-day program on finding simple yet profound ways to enter into, and help faculty and 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 strategies to put into practice in your school. Share best practices with your colleagues. enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and both formal and informal discussions.


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

Praying With Sacred Art
Spend time entering into prayer through the use of sacred art.

The Interior Life: Soul of the Apostolate
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A


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

Holy Mass


Conformity to Christ: Darkness, Divinization, and the Little Way
Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A

Seek and You Will Find; Knock and the Door Will be Opened
Spend time learning about and engaging in various types of prayer.

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.


Matthew is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College. He is also the author of Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas. His research and writing concentrates on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, biblical hermeneutics and inspiration, ecumenism and interreligious affairs, and theology of religions. Matthew is involved in pastoral Christian ministry through forming permanent-diaconate candidates, Catholic school teachers, and lay parishioners. He organizes international education trips and has taught abroad in India, Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Italy. His wife, Jennifer, is an adjunct theology professor at Benedictine. They live in Atchison, Kansas, with their four children.


Mary Mother of Hope Church

840 Page Blvd, Springfield, MA 01104

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