Catechetical Workshop

The Moral Life and the Virtues, Diocese of Orange

October 10, 2023
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Orange, CA (Pastoral Center)
Garden Grove, CA • Directions

Teachers in the Diocese of Orange are invited to join us for a one-day program on the Virtues and the Moral Life. Explore the Virtues and Beatitudes. 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. 

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 Diocese of Orange Office of Catholic Schools


Check-in and Morning Refreshments

Program Introduction

The Pillars of Happiness: Understanding the Cardinal Virtues
Enjoy the first presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.


The Saints and the Virtuous Life
Spend time exploring the lives of various Saints and how their example can teach virtue to our students.

Holy Mass


Virtuous Living
Participants will simulate and engage in hands-on activities that will help students understand the importance of living a life of virtue.

Embracing the Divine Life: The Theological Virtues Unveiled
Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Matthew Ramage, followed by Q & A.


Happiness and the Virtues
Participants will simulate and engage in hands-on activities that will define what true happiness is and how the virtues can help us attain it.

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.


Dr. Matthew Ramage is Professor of Theology at Benedictine College where he is co-director of its Center for Integral Ecology. Dr. Ramage’s research and writing focuses especially on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI, the wedding of ancient and modern approaches to biblical interpretation, the dialogue between faith and science, and stewardship of creation. In addition to his other scholarly and outreach endeavors, Dr. Ramage is author, co-author, or translator of over fifteen books, including Christ’s Church and World Religions from Sophia Institute Press. His latest book is From the Dust of the Earth: Benedict XVI, the Bible, and the Theory of Evolution, published by Catholic University of America Press. Dr. Ramage lives in Atchison, Kansas with his wife, Jen, and their seven children. For more on Dr. Ramage’s work, visit his website


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