Catechetical Workshop

The Teacher As Catechist: Archdiocese of Philadelphia New Teacher Catechetical Orientation

June 22, 2021
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Malvern Retreat House)
Malvern, PA • Directions

We are excited to present the Archdiocese of Philadelphia new teacher catechetical orientation. This event is open to all K-8 Catholic school teachers that were new to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the 2020-2021 school year. 


Registration for this event is now closed. 


Breakfast and Check-In

Opening Remarks from the Office of Catechetical Formation

Sophia Institute for Teachers Program Introduction

The Spirituality of a Teacher
Presented by Jose Gonzalez, Sophia Institute for Teachers


The Teacher as Catechist
Presented by Dr. James Pauley, professor at Franciscan University.


Teaching as Jesus Taught
Presented by Jose Gonzalez, Sophia Institute

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, is the host of our new podcast, Christ in the Classroom, 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. James Pauley is Professor of Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University. He is the author of two books focused on the renewal of catechesis: An Evangelizing Catechesis: Teaching from Your Encounter with Christ (Our Sunday Visitor, 2020) and Liturgical Catechesis in the 21st Century: A School of Discipleship (Liturgy Training Publications, 2017). In 2014, Dr. Pauley was appointed editor of The Catechetical Review, Franciscan University’s journal dedicated to catechesis and evangelization. Dr. Pauley began working as a parish catechetical leader in 1989 and has served professionally in parish, diocesan, and university catechetical formation for more than thirty years. Having received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 2014, he enjoys serving as a frequent speaker in dioceses and parishes nationwide. Dr. Pauley is married to Katrina, and they are blessed with three daughters.


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