Catechetical Workshop

“Then God Rested”: Understanding Rest and Leisure

June 17, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual Workshop

Join us for a FREE virtual retreat from 3:00-5:00PM ET on Wednesday, June 17th! Spend some time reflecting on what it means to truly rest and engage in leisure as we begin a summer after what has more than likely been one of the most stressful school years any of us have ever experienced. Spend time listening to engaging presentations and have time collaborating and working virtually with teachers and catechists from all over the country. This event is open to all K-12 Catholic school teachers, catechists, and catechetical leaders. To register click here.


Welcome and Introduction

Opening Reflection

Small Group Discussion and Reflection

Come To Me All You Who Are Weary
Enjoy a presentation by Dr. Michel Therrien

Small Group Discussion

How to Have A Summer of True Rest
Enjoy a reflection and practical tips by Anne Rennie from Sophia Institute for Teachers

Additional resources and closing prayer

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.



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.


Michel Therrien is President and CEO of the Preambula Group, a lay apostolate serving the work of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served as the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as the Director of Evangelization. Prior to this, he served as a professor moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to that, he taught for seven years at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, also serving as Academic Dean from 2008-2012. His prior work experience includes teaching high school religion, serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and RCIA leader for various parishes. He has also led adult faith formation in various parishes since 2003. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and a Doctorate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.