Catechetical Workshop

The Catholic Faith and Science, Hartford (PreK-8th Grade Teachers)

September 28, 2023
8:30 am - 2:45 pm
Archdiocese of Hartford (St. Paul Catholic High School)
Bristol, CT • Directions

PreK-8th Grade teachers in the Archdiocese of Hartford will spend a day with our Workshop staff and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. for a  program 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.


Registration for this event is being handled by the Archdiocese of Hartford Office of Catholic Schools


Holy Mass

Refreshments and Fellowship

Program Introduction

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 presentation by Fr. Spitzer, followed by Q&A.

Stretch Break

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 and final presentation by Fr. Spitzer, followed by Q&A.


Break-Out Sessions

PreK & K Teachers
Archdiocese of Hartford Sponsored Session

1st-4th Grade Teachers- Discovering God in Creation
Engage in various hands-on activities and interactive discussions to help your students be in awe and wonder of God’s majesty in creation.

5th-8th Grade Teachers- Wonders of Nature & Exploring Eucharistic Miracles
Examine various images from nature and creation that will help your students experience wonder and awe in the natural world. Following that, you will engage in interactive activities that will show your students how belief in the Eucharist is reasonable.

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.



Fr. Spitzer is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith ( and the Spitzer Center ( 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“.


Mike Gutzwiller is the Director of Curriculum Development for Sophia Institute for Teachers. Since joining the team at Sophia in 2015, Mike has been the primary author and editor of the Spirit of Truth K-12 and high school textbook series and has led professional development workshops throughout the US. Mike is the former theology department chair at St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BA from Franciscan University of Steubenville where he majored in Theology and Catechetics and has an MA in School Counseling from Marquette University. Mike lives with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Addison, in Waukesha, WI.


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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