Catechetical Workshop

The Beatitudes and the Moral Life, St. Petersburg

September 23, 2023
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL (Sacred Heart Parish, North Campus, Tampa)
Tampa, FL • Directions

Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, and Teachers from the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL are invited to join us for a FREE one-day program on the Beatitudes and the Moral Life. Explore the Beatitudes and how Jesus revealed through them the deepest meaning of God’s law. You’ll learn how to help your students see why Catholicism isn’t simply compliance with arbitrary rules, and how to connect the truths of our Faith with living a virtuous life. This Workshop will provide you with ideas to make morality relevant to your students. Spend time reflecting on the themes of freedom, virtue, sin, conscience, and the Beatitudes. 

You'll also receive a free copy of The Beatitudes, a supplemental teacher's guide packed with fully-developed lesson plans and activities that will help you engage your students with the Catholic Faith.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.


Check-In and Breakfast

Program Introduction

"Dinner Party" With The Saints
Interactive activity to introduce your students to the Saints in a whole new way.

The Beatitudes and the Moral Life Part 1
Enjoy the first presentation by Joan Watson, followed by Q & A


Rules, Freedom, Sin, and Virtue
Participants will simulate and engage in hands-on activities from our Teacher's Guide on the Beatitudes that will help students understand the connections between rules and freedom, and sin and virtue.

Scriptural Rosary


The Beatitudes and the Moral Life Part 2
Enjoy the second presentation by a Joan Watson, followed by Q & A

Because I'm Happy!: The Beatitudes as the Path to Happiness
Participants will simulate and engage in hands-on activities from our Teacher's Guide on how the Beatitudes help us define what true happiness is.

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.


Joan Watson is a Catholic speaker and writer who loves to make Scripture, theology, liturgy, and history accessible and applicable. With degrees from Christendom College and Franciscan University of Steubenville, she has worked for the Church and various religious apostolates for almost fifteen years. Propelled by Luke 12:48, she is passionate about helping others encounter Christ and enter into friendship with Him through the daily circumstances of life.


3515 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603, USA

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