Catechetical Workshop

Source and Summit: The Most Holy Eucharist, K-2 San Francisco

February 01, 2019
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Our Lady of Mercy, Daly City
Daly City, CA • Directions

We are thrilled to spend the day with all K-2nd grade teachers in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Participants will enjoy a one-day program that reflects on the beauty and gift of the Eucharist. 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. Registration for this event is being handled by your principal and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.


Check-In and Breakfast

Program Introduction

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


The Eucharist and Sacred Art
Spend time exploring how to engage students in the teachings of the Catholic faith using sacred art.

Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity
Engage in interactive activities that will help students understand the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Break/Transition to Mass

Holy Mass

The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life
Enjoy the second talk by Sr. Johanna followed by Q & A.


The Celebration of the Eucharist
Sophia Institute for Teachers Staff will lead an interactive and hands-on pedagogical session on the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass.

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.



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.


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.


Our Lady of Mercy, Daly City

1 Elmwood Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

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