Catechetical Workshop

Source and Summit: The Most Holy Eucharist, April 5th

April 05, 2023
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Philadelphia (National Shrine of St. John Neumann)
Philadelphia, PA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff a for a retreat 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 how their fulfillment is found 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 college professor, as well as 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 as well as enjoy a catered breakfast and lunch.

To register for this retreat please contact Jose Gonzalez ( or Heidi Bald ( and let them know the name of your school and how many spots you would like to secure.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Meditations on the Eucharist with the Saints and Sacred Art
Spend time reflecting on the Eucharist through art and the words of the Saints.

The Body and Blood of Christ
Enjoy the first talk by Dr. John-Mark Miravalle, followed by Q & A


Adoration and Confessions

Holy Mass


Does the Catholic Church Exclude People from the Lord's Table?
Enjoy the second talk by Dr. John-Mark Miravalle, followed by Q & A

The Power of Eucharistic Miracles
Learn about and reflect on various Eucharistic miracles that have occured throughout history.

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.


John-Mark Miravalle is Professor of Systematic and Moral Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. John-Mark received his doctorate in theology from the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He is director of the pre-theology program at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. He is the author of Why God? Why Jesus? Why the Catholic Church? and The Drug, the Soul, and God: A Catholic Moral Perspective on Antidepressants. He has publicly debated noted atheists on the topics of God’s existence, same-sex marriage, and theistic morality. He and his wife, Jessica, have five children.


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