Catechetical Workshop

The Mission of the Catholic School Teacher, Albany, NY

August 30, 2022
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Albany, NY
Albany, NY • Directions

Sophia Institute for Teachers is excited to be part of the new teacher training in the Diocese of Albany, NY! All new teachers to the diocese will spend the day with Sophia Institute for teachers on August 30, 2022. The day will blend 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 both formal and informal discussions.


Breakfast and Check-in

Welcome from the Superintendent

Ice Breaker Activity

Sophia Institute for Teachers Introduction

The Mission of a Catholic School Teacher
Enjoy the first talk by Dr. Amy Roberts


Teaching As Jesus Taught
Jesus is the model teacher and catechist. Examine His pedagogy and learn concrete ways to emulate Him in your classroom.

Holy Mass


Catechetical Tools and Methods
Enjoy the second talk by Dr. Amy Roberts.

The Power of Witness
Reflect on how God has worked in your own life and how sharing that with students can have a powerful impact.

Sacred Art and Catechesis
Spend time exploring practical ways to incorporate sacred art into your lessons in a way that is relevant, engaging, and draws students more deeply into the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith.

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 led over 300 of our Workshops in over 50 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.


Amy ​Roberts taught high school for 13 years and served as chair of the religion department for 10 years before accepting a teaching position with the Catechetics faculty of Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2011. Prior to joining the FUS faculty, she also assisted Aquinas College with catechist training and taught adult faith formation classes for the Diocese of Knoxville. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney. Her dissertation, Encountering the Living God: The Integral Formation of Teachers in Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, examined the Church’s vision for the formation of teachers as witnesses. She regularly speaks at in-services for teachers in Catholic schools.


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