Catechetical Workshop

Source and Summit: The Holy Eucharist, Grand Rapids

March 03, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI (Cathedral Square Center)
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Join our Workshop staff for a one-day Workshop on what the Catechism refers to as the "source and summit" of our Faith. Explore how the Eucharist is truly a sacrament of love and how you can lead your students to receive greater spiritual fruit from Communion.  You’ll learn the Old Testament roots of the Eucharist, as well as their fulfillment in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.


Check-In and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Sacred Art, Pop Culture, and Catechesis
Spend time reflecting on pop culture references and sacred art images and how you can use them to engage your students in the teaching of various truths of our Faith.

Living a Eucharistic Faith: The Big Deal About Mass and Why It Matters
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, followed by Q & A.


Small Group Discussion/Collaboration

Eucharistic Adoration
Spend time in reflection and meditation before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

Holy Mass


My Flesh for the Life of the World: The Eucharist and Evangelization
Enjoy the second and final presentations by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, followed by Q & A.

Do This in Remembrance of Me
Spend time participating in interactive activities that will help your students reflect on the reality of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist and help them to enter into the Mass more intentionally.

Small Group Discussion/Collaboration

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.



Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He 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 four children.


Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio and television programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network. Deacon Harold, a Benedictine Oblate, is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, and has written the acclaimed work, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African American Priest. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

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