Catechetical Workshop

Source and Summit: The Most Holy Eucharist, August 18th

August 18, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Philadelphia (The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown)
Doylestown, PA • Directions

Teachers and Principals from Catholic Schools in Bucks County, PA are invited to join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program that reflects on the beauty and gift of the Eucharist. We will explore ways to help students see the power and reality of this amazing Sacrament in their lives. 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.

Registration for this event is being handled by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Catholic Education.


Check-in and Breakfast

Program Introduction

The Eucharist and Sacred Art
Spend time reflecting on the Eucharist through exploring a variety of sacred art pieces.

This is My Body, This is My Blood
Enjoy the first talk by Sr. Johanna Paurch, followed by Q & A


The Eucharist and the Passover
Spend time looking at the connections between the Eucharist and the Passover and engaging in interactive activities to help your students see and understand the connections.

Holy Mass


Eucharistic Catechesis
Enjoy the second talk by Sr. Johanna, followed by Q & A

Do This in Memory of Me
Spend time participating in interactive activities that will help your students enter into the Mass more intentionally.

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 led over 300 of our Workshops in over 50 dioceses, 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.


Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, she holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma as well as an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. Involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level, Sr. Johanna has also spent several years as a Catholic school teacher. In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. Sr. Johanna is also engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.


654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901, USA

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