Catechetical Workshop

Source and Summit: The Most Holy Eucharist, Archdiocese of Chicago

February 12, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Chicago (Carmelite Spiritual Center, Darien, IL)
Darien, IL • Directions

DRE's and Catechists from the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to join us for a FREE Workshop on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Participants will enjoy a one-day program that reflects on the beauty and gift of the Eucharist. Engage in ways to help your students see the power and reality of this great sacrament. 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. 


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

The Eucharist and Sacred Art
Spend time reflecting on the reality and beauty of the Eucharist through a variety of sacred art images.

This is My Body, This is My Blood
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Monica Ashour, followed by Q & A


The Eucharist and the Passover
Engage in hands-on activities to help your students see the reality of the Eucharist by exploring its connection to the Passover.

Holy Mass


Do This in Remembrance of Me
Enjoy the second presentation by Monica Ashour, followed by Q & A

The Eucharist and the Mass
Spend time participating in interactive activities that will help your students enter into the Mass more fully.

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.



Michael Gutzwiller is the Director of Curriculum Development for Sophia Institute for Teachers. Prior to joining the team at Sophia, Mike served as chair of the theology department at St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he taught for six years. He studied theology and catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has an MA in school counseling from Marquette University, where he is currently studying educational policy and leadership. Mike lives with his beautiful wife, Sarah, in Milwaukee.


Holding two Masters from the University of Dallas—one in Theological Studies and one in Humanities, Monica Ashour is an international speaker, author of 28 books, President and Director of Content Creation for the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, known as TOBET. Named in 2010 by the Catholic National Register as one of the top six speakers on Saint John Paul’s seminal work known as the Theology of the Body, Monica and her team have completed a pre-school through 8th-grade program called The Body Matters for schools, faith formation, and family catechesis. It has been called a “game-changer.” Before becoming an international speaker, Monica served as a campus minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Texas A&M University from 1996 to 1999. There she launched the now nationwide Nun Run, in which young women travel around the nation visiting convents. Before and after her stint at St. Mary’s, Monica enjoyed 20 years teaching theology and literature in grade school and high school classrooms. Monica was the recipient of Bishop (now Cardinal) Farrell’s 2008 Pro-Life Award for Civic Action and was named to the Hall of Fame for her alma mater, Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth. Monica enjoys discussion groups, exercise, bridge, and coaching softball.

8419 Bailey Rd, Darien, IL 60561, USA

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