Catechetical Workshop

The Way, The Truth, The Life: Freedom in Christ, Diocese of Charlotte

November 18, 2021
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Diocese of Charlotte, NC (St. Matthew Catholic Church)
Charlotte, NC • Directions

Priests, Deacons, Religious, College Campus Ministry Personnel, Parish Catechetical Leaders (Elementary, Middle, and High school), and Parents in the Diocese of Charlotte 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 catechists and engage in both formal and informal discussions.

Registration for this event is being handled by the Diocese of Charlotte. To register click here



Holy Mass

Coffee and Light Refreshments

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 Dr. Alessandro Rovati, 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.


“Blessed are they…:” Happiness and Discipleship in the Sermon on the Mount
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Dr. Alessandro Rovati, 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, 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. Alessandro Rovati is Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College. A graduate of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy, Dr. Rovati’s scholarship focuses on Christian Ethics, Moral Theology, and Catholic Social Teaching. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and online publications, while also traveling in several dioceses to teach youth, laity, clergy, catechists, and teachers about the riches of the Catholic faith and the challenges Christians face in today's society. He is a Board Member of New Wine New Wineskins, a national association for early-career Catholic moral theologians.


8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

Get Directions