Catechetical Workshop

Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening; Archdiocese of Boston

November 02, 2020

Virtual Workshop

Join our Workshop staff for a FREE Virtual Workshop for teachers in the Archdiocese of Boston on the beauty and rich tradition of Catholic spirituality. This program will take place in two parts on two different dates and will take place on Monday, November 2nd and Monday, November 9th from 3:00-4:30pm. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected college professor, 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. 


This Workshop is being offered exclusively for Catholic School Leaders, Campus Ministers, and K-12 Teachers in the Archdiocese of Boston and will take place through Zoom. To register, click here.


Monday, November 2nd

Welcome and Introduction

Making Devotional Practices Meaningful
Engage in activities that will help your students find meaning and joy in some of the traditional Catholic devotional practices. This session will include interactive virtual small groups.

Catholic Spirituality vs. Other Spiritualities
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien.

Closing Meditation

Monday, November 9th

Praying With The Church
Spend time exploring ways to help your students see the beauty in praying with the universal Church. This sessions will include interactive virtual small groups.

The Stages of the Spiritual Life
Enjoy the second presentation by a Dr. Michel Therrien.

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 250 of our workshops in over 45 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.


Michel Therrien is President and CEO of the Preambula Group, a lay apostolate serving the work of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served as the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as the Director of Evangelization. Prior to this, he served as a professor moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to that, he taught for seven years at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, also serving as Academic Dean from 2008-2012. His prior work experience includes teaching high school religion, serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and RCIA leader for various parishes. He has also led adult faith formation in various parishes since 2003. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and a Doctorate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.