Catechetical Workshop

The Way, The Truth, The Life: Freedom in Christ, Archdiocese of Portland

August 22, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Portland (St. John Fisher Church and School)
Portland, OR • Directions

We are excited to spend the day with teachers from the Archdiocese of Portland on August 22, 2022. Teachers are invited to join us for a one-day program on how Christ truly sets us free and gives us the tools to live a virtuous and moral life. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected college professor, as well as simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers and engage in both formal and informal discussions.

Registration for this event is being handled by the Archdiocese of Portland office of Catholic Schools


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

Dinner Party with The Saints
Interactive activity to introduce your students to the Saints in a whole new way.

The Beatitudes as a Portrait of Jesus
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Joan Watson, followed by Q & A.


Rules, Freedom, Sin, and Virtue
Participants will simulate and engage in hands-on activities from our Teacher's Guide on the Beatitudes that will help students understand the connections between rules and freedom, and sin and virtue.

Holy Mass


“Blessed are they…:” Happiness and Discipleship in the Sermon on the Mount
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Joan Watson, followed by Q & A

Because I'm Happy!: The Beatitudes as the Path to Happiness
Participants will simulate and engage in hands-on activities from our Teacher's Guide on how the Beatitudes help us define what true happiness is.

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.


Joan Watson is a Catholic speaker and writer who loves to make Scripture, theology, liturgy, and history accessible and applicable. With degrees from Christendom College and Franciscan University of Steubenville, she has worked for the Church and various religious apostolates for almost fifteen years. Propelled by Luke 12:48, she is passionate about helping others encounter Christ and enter into friendship with Him through the daily circumstances of life.


4567 SW Nevada St, Portland, OR 97219, USA

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