Workshop

The Transforming Power of the Cross: The Catholic Response to Suffering

What You'll Get with this Workshop


  • 60-minute session
  • 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 this Workshop, we will explore how Christ redeems suffering and death and how we are called to respond to it in our lives. Participants will hear engaging presentations and explore practical strategies to implement with their students. This Workshop is for all K-12 Catholic school teachers, catechists, and catechetical leaders. 

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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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Anne Rennie joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers with eight years of teaching experience in Catholic schools. She assists with support, curriculum, and professional development programs. 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.

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