O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: Entering Into Advent

What You'll Get with this Workshop

  • Access to live session and 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 will focus on providing ways to help your students enter more fully into the Advent season. Participants will explore content as well as practical strategies to implement with their students. This workshop is for all K-12 Catholic school teachers, catechists, and catechetical leaders.  You can choose to join us live on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 3:00-5:00pm Eastern time or watch the recording on your own time. The live session will take place via Zoom. All those who purchase this Workshop prior to the live session will recieve the Zoom link via email the day before the event. 


Please note that PD hours will vary based on wether you choose to participate live or watch the recording. Live participation will be worth 2 hours and watching the recording will be worth 1.25 hours. The live sessions includes interactive virtual small groups that cannot be replicated through a recording.

Your Presenters


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.


Scott G. Hefelfinger is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He holds a PhD in Moral Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an STL in Systematic Theology from the International Theological Institute, an STM from the same, and a BA in Music Composition from the University of California at Berkeley. Drawing on his experience with art, traveling missionary work with NET Ministries, and the richness of family life, Dr. Hefelfinger has lectured and taught internationally on a wide variety of topics, most of which center on Christ’s promise of “life in abundance” (Jn 10:10) and the expressions this life finds in culture, music, literature, and the varied communities we inhabit. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for Franciscan University of Steubenville (Austrian campus), the International Theological Institute, and the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he speaks regularly on morality, prayer, and family life at parishes and conferences. Dr. Hefelfinger has published in scholarly journals and translated several theological works; he is currently finishing up a book project exploring the common good and international society in Catholic social thought. He and his wife, along with their three children, live in Centennial, CO, and love how the Rockies remind them of the Austrian Alps.

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