Workshop

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit: What Christmas is Truly About

What You'll Get with this Workshop


  • Access to video recording
  • Explore teaching strategies with a master teacher
  • Enjoy a dynamic presentation by a catechetical scholar
  • Classroom-ready lesson plans
  • Receive a professional development certificate

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Workshop Overview


This Virtual Workshop focuses on providing ways to help your students understand what it means to be poor in spirit and truly humble. We explore this by examining the lives of the Saints, the Works of Mercy, and how God becoming man truly exemplifies this. Explore content as well as practical strategies to implement with your students. This workshop is for all K-12 Catholic school teachers, catechists, and catechetical leaders.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Professional Development Certificate: You may request your certificate by visiting this link.

Sophia Institute for Teachers is an independent, non-profit organization. Participants at our programs receive certificates stating the number of hours at each workshop and as proof of attendance. Each diocese will determine if/how these hours can be applied toward on-going teacher or catechist certification requirements. If you need official verification that attendance at our program will satisfy your requirements, please check with your principal and/or the appropriate person in your diocese.

Your Presenters


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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.

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John-Mark Miravalle is Professor of Systematic and Moral Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. John-Mark received his doctorate in theology from the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He is director of the pre-theology program at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. He is the author of Why God? Why Jesus? Why the Catholic Church? and The Drug, the Soul, and God: A Catholic Moral Perspective on Antidepressants. He has publicly debated noted atheists on the topics of God’s existence, same-sex marriage, and theistic morality. He and his wife, Jessica, have five children.

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