Catechetical Workshop

The Catholic Faith and Science, Arlington

November 08, 2022
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Arlington, VA (St. Mary of Sorrows, Fairfax)
Fairfax, VA • Directions

Join our Workshop staff and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. for a FREE one-day program in the Diocese of Arlington on the connections between Faith and science. Explore ways to help students confront today’s biases towards atheism, relativism, and scientism. Deepen your faith by examining what science shows about the Shroud of Turin, Eucharistic miracles, the age of the universe, and more.


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.

Schedule


8:00-8:30am
Check-in and Breakfast

8:30-8:45am
Program Introduction

8:45-9:15am
Wonders of Nature
Spend time reflecting on various visual images of creation to explore how faith and reason go together.

9:15-10:00am
What Students Need to Know to Maintain their Faith in College and Beyond: Scientific Evidence for God, Jesus, and the Eucharist Part 1
Enjoy the first talk by Fr. Spitzer, followed by Q & A.

10:00-10:15am
Break

10:15-11:00am
Scientific Evidence for an Intelligent Creator
Engage in interactive activities that will show your students how scientific evidence—from the expansion of the universe, to entropy, to the fine-tuning of physical laws—make belief in God completely reasonable.

11:00-11:45am
Holy Mass

11:45-12:30pm
Lunch

12:30-1:15pm
What Students Need to Know to Maintain their Faith in College and Beyond: Scientific Evidence for God, Jesus, and the Eucharist Part 2
Enjoy the second talk by Fr. Spitzer followed by Q & A

1:15-1:25pm
Break

1:25-2:15pm
Exploring Eucharistic Miracles
Participate in memorable hands-on activities so your students will not only be familiar with Eucharistic miracles, but know how science consistently confirms their authenticity.

2:15-2:30pm
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.

Presenters

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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.

Donna

Donna Maus teaches Biology at St. Mary’s-Colgan High School in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas.  She has over 30 years of teaching experience, having taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels.  She is passionate about sharing the revelation of God through His creation with her students and incorporating our Catholic faith into class topics such as biotechnology, medicine, and evolution.  She has been a contributing author for Sophia Institute for Teachers since 2014.  Donna has a BS and MS degree in Biology and is a certified Natural Family Planning instructor.  She lives in Arma, Kansas with her husband Henry, they have four children and four grandchildren.

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Fr. Spitzer is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (www.magiscenter.com) and the Spitzer Center (www.spitzercenter.org). The Magis Center produces documentaries, books, high school programs, college courses, adult-education programs, and social media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary physics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament. Fr. Spitzer was President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. While president, he significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership, and led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75%, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects. He has made many TV appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and the Hugh Hewitt Show. He currently appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe“.

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