The Spirituality of the Teacher

What You'll Get with this Workshop

  • 6 45-Minute Sessions
  • Explore teaching strategies with a master teacher
  • Classroom-ready lesson plans
  • Instant, easy access — no expiration!
  • Receive a professional development certificate

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Workshop Overview

In these six life-transforming sessions, Father Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S. explains in clear and practical language what spirituality truly means for teachers, and how to avoid and combat the temptations that can run counter to this spirituality. You'll learn how you can more effectively serve as a witness to Christ in the classroom, and the practical steps you can take now to deepen your own relationship with Christ.

Each 30-minute session with Fr. Dailey is followed by a short presentation by Master Teacher Jose Gonzalez, who uses his decade of classroom experience to bring immediate, practical suggestions for applying your new knowledge in the classroom.

The BeatitudesYou will also receive an electronic copy of The Beatitudes Teacher's Guide, which features 13 ready-to-use lesson plans on the Beatitudes. By using these lessons, you will help your students come to see that Jesus Christ is the only way to personal freedom, happiness, and holiness.

Each self-contained lesson is teacher-written, classroom-tested, and scholar-reviewed, and includes background readings, student homework, classroom activities, games, role plays, and more. Lessons are available for both elementary and high school classrooms.


By completing this course, you and your teachers will learn:

By completing this course, you will learn: 

  • What the Gospels teach us about handling and prioritizing our busy teacher schedules
  • What "spiritality" truly is, and how to help your students grow in their own spirituality and holiness
  • Why the "Little Virtues" matter, and how to practice them every day
  • How to beyond teaching your students about Jesus to helping them know and love Him
  • The most common temptations and stumbling blocks teachers face, and how to combat them
  • How you can show your students the importance of spirituality, starting today
  • Why teachers are called to a higher spiritual standard, and how to meet that standard.

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.

Workshop Sessions

Spirituality for Teachers

Teaching as Vocation

Being Inspired and Uplifted

Doing the Little Virtues

Avoiding the Big Temptations

The Never-Ending Need to Know

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 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.


Rev. Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S. holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The Cardinal Foley Chair supports the work of the Church in the realm of Gospel communications by educating seminarians and other students, informing staff in parishes and (arch)dioceses, and dialoguing with journalists and media professionals. Prior to his appointment at the seminary, Fr. Dailey taught as a faculty member at DeSales University (Center Valley, PA) for 29 years. There he was a tenured professor of Theology, the inaugural Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality, and the founding director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. He also taught occasionally at Immaculata University, the Washington Theological Union, and in the National Institute for Clergy Formation. Fr. Dailey earned a doctoral degree in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), where he completed his dissertation on the biblical Book of Job. He has lectured internationally on topics in biblical theology, Salesian spirituality, and Catholic higher education. He has written, edited or translated eight books and more than forty articles/chapters in a variety of scholarly and pastoral publications worldwide. He now writes a monthly column for and contributes regularly to the Seminarian Casual blog.

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