Catechetical Workshop

The Way, the Truth, the Life: Freedom in Christ, August 12

August 12, 2020
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Austin Preparatory School
Reading, MA • Directions

Join us for a 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 Boston. To register for this event click here.


Breakfast and Check-In
Enjoy breakfast while getting to know your fellow Workshop participants.

Program Introduction

Saintly "Dinner" Party
Engage in interactive activities that will help you introduce your students to the Saints in a whole new way.

Made for Beatitude
Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Donald Asci, followed by Q & A.


Rules, Freedom, Sin, and Virtue
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, sin and virtue.

Holy Mass


Becoming a Disciple
Enjoy the second of two presentations by Dr. Donald Asci, followed by Q & A.

Because I'm Happy: The Beatitudes as the Path to Happiness
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 250 of our workshops in over 45 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.


Anne Rennie joins the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers with eight years of teaching experience in Catholic schools. She has also taught faith formation, confirmation classes, and RCIA in parishes. Anne’s experience also includes several years in the business world and in higher ed administration. She has a BA in Liberal Studies, an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from Magdalen College, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Saint John’s Seminary in Boston.


Dr. Donald Asci is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has been a member of the Theology Department since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Arts in theology from Franciscan University, a Masters in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family in Washington, D.C and both a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology  from the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome, Italy. He has also served as Visiting Professor of Moral Theology at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria. He has given numerous presentations in Europe and the US on Pope St. John Paul II’s teachings on sex, love, and marriage. Dr. Asci has published a book as well as several articles on marriage and sexual morality. Dr. Asci currently resides in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife, Michelle, and their six children. 


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