Presented by Ken Ogorek of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Dr. Chris Burgwald of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. All diocesan leaders desire to be agents of growth in the Body of Christ, and specifically sources of authentic help to the myriad of ministers laboring in parish vineyards. At its best this is always to be a great one-to-one work as much as possible with those serving in parish and school leadership, but also must have the character of a strategic approach that bears the vision of the bishop into practical forms of generous aid with resources, prudent advice, and wise policy. A challenge to balance to be sure! This webinar explores these realities from the perspective of two deeply experienced diocesan leaders.
Presented by Dr. Scott Sollom, Director of Franciscan’s Office of Catechetics and Dr. Bill Keimig, Assistant Director of the Catechetical Institute. We are announcing here the founding of a US-based international Guild, anchored to Franciscan University’s work and charism in the fields of evangelization and catechetics. We hope it will be a diverse and high-contact entity serving two main constituencies: catechists in any role and leaders at any level. A guild is defined as an association of people for mutual aid and the pursuit of a common goal, providing a way for skills to be learned and passed down in a context of apprenticeship and mentoring, with clearly defined and shared standards of craftsmanship, methods, and commitment to excellence. A key aspect of this Guild is to make possible strong formation and relationships, so that people who sometimes feel isolated in being faithful to the Church would not remain unsupported and unaccompanied, and the faithful creativity we see arising in so many places can be fruitfully shared under the grace and guidance of Mother Church. This webinar will discuss what we are seeking to offer in creating this Guild.
Hosted by Robert Siemens, Founder and Director of Franciscan University’s School of Spiritual Direction. “Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us” (CCC 2560). Jesus not only desires to have a relationship with you and all His people, but with you specifically in your ministry role. Yet spiritual progress is so often illusive or inconsistent in many Catholics’ lives, even those in ministry. We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of the Father's love for us, and our real capacity to become the image of his Son. Guidance along the spiritual journey seek to aide those not satisfied with their present level of closeness to God and aims to provide an accompanying helper, aiming at real growth. This desire to grow in authentic wisdom and happiness comes from the Holy Spirit and will not go unrewarded.
Presented by Dr. Petroc Willey, Director of the Catechetical Institute.
“Since it belongs to the supernatural order, grace escapes our experience and cannot be known except by faith. We cannot therefore rely on our feelings or our works to conclude that we are justified and saved. However, according to the Lord's words ‘Thus you will know them by their fruits’ – reflection on God’s blessings in our life and in the lives of the saints offers us a guarantee that grace is at work in us and spurs us on to an ever greater faith and an attitude of trustful poverty.” (CCC 2005) We enter into the mystery of Christ through a transforming sacramental grace, the living Word, evangelizing catechesis, and evangelical communities. This webinar will explore how a rich understanding of the grace by which souls enter into Christ’s life can be fostered in our approaches to ministry. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) to call each soul to Father’s loving plan and sure hope in His life shared with us by grace. In order to pass on the truths of faith in season and out, those in ministry must be securely grounded in grace.
Presented by Dr. James Pauley, Franciscan Catechetics Professor and Chris Carstens, Director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of La Crosse.
There is a vital relationship between the liturgy and evangelization – it is that sacred action which is most essential to forming genuine disciples and enabling authentic conversion. The Church’s ever-new vision places maximum emphasis on apprenticing people into an active and fruitful sacramental life in Christ. This is the only true path to human fulfillment – to lasting peace, joy, and belonging. This webinar will explore how the liturgy forms and transforms us, and what catechists and teachers can do to prepare people for the liturgical encounter?
Presented by Ana Lisa Piñon Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization Programs for the Diocese of Arlington.
In any ministry setting actually living out a call to pastoral accompaniment is highly challenging. Mentoring skills, evangelical hospitality, and forms of ongoing pastoral care are ever more important in the course of evangelizing and catechizing work, small group facilitation, parenting, and any form of outreach that seeks to offer not just programs and structures, but generous love and sacrificial presence. Pastoral accompaniment is integral to the success of any ministry in the Catholic Church, as well as to life in the home. We are privileged to be able to participate in the Blessed Trinity’s divine and loving care for souls. Our ministry, then, is a participation in His divine accompaniment. This webinar will explore how to pursue realistic ways forward to gain and help others gain the skills, spiritual awareness, and commitment to best practices which make pastoral accompaniment a reality in parish life.
Hosted by Sr. Mary Michael Fox, OP of the Dominicans Sisters of St. Cecelia of Nashville.
The principle of “fidelity to God and fidelity to man” stands as a fundamental guide for catechists as they make choices regarding catechetical content and methodology. In practice, this principle requires more than a “see-saw” balance of the two; it requires a deeply integrated understanding of both the nature of God’s revelation and the nature of the human person for whom God’s revelation is meant. For an understanding of God’s revelation, we have the wisdom of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, Papal encyclicals, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. For an understanding of the human person—particularly the child—we have the wisdom of Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori was a Catholic medical doctor, scientist, educator, and Thomist! Without exaggeration, she ranks among the great thinkers of her time and ours. It is unfortunate that in the United States too often her insights have been egregiously misunderstood and misapplied and for this reason her teachings have gone largely unexamined by Catholic catechists and educators. Yet, her pedagogical and anthropological wisdom promises to guide catechists in an authentic renewal that guarantees fidelity to God and fidelity to the child. Join us in this webinar as we explore a few salient insights of Maria Montessori regarding the nature of the child and in particular the nature of children’s religious education. Catechists participating in this webinar can expect gain:
- A general knowledge of Maria Montessori’s educational project including her philosophy of education.
- A general knowledge of Montessori’s catechetical experiment and its underlying principles of education, specifically children’s catechesis.
- An overview of Montessori’s work “The Four Planes of Education” and “The Human Tendencies.”
- A few practical and immediate ideas for applying Montessori’s pedagogical and anthropological principles in catechesis.
Presented by Patrice Spirou and colleagues of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
St. John Paul II tells us that, “Family catechesis . . . precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis” (Apostolic Exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” Catechesi tradendae 68). These words challenge us to examine our thinking about how to pass on the Catholic faith within the parish or school we serve, and specifically to look at how to encourage the formation of the entire family. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read, “The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom” (CCC 2207). Since the family is essential in the work of catechesis, this webinar discusses how to center ministry around family catechesis, which allows parishes and schools to aid the family by providing the education, encouragement, and accompaniment that families need. It can also be helpful for parents, catechists, and so on, who wish to understand aspects of implementing family catechesis within a parish, or who simply desire to grow in their spiritual lives in such a way as to lead their own families closer to Christ.
Presented by Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, OP and Sr. Athanasius Monroe, OP of the Dominicans Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist of Ann Arbor.
“And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. . . . They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?’” (Luke 24:27, 32). The hearts of the disciples burned within them as Jesus opened the Scriptures to them. The hearts of those entrusted to us can also burn with a desire and hunger for the Lord through the catechesis they receive. Echoing the Mystery: Unlocking the Deposit of Faith in Catechesis is an incredible resource that stems from the heart of a true catechist. Barbara Morgan became a catechist at the age of fourteen, and spent the majority of her life teaching the faith, and forming others to be catechists. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan collaborated with Barbara Morgan in order to develop this resource. This webinar offers a walk-through of this uniquely beneficial resource that helps us teach in such a way that the hearts of those entrusted to us may burn within them. This guide for unlocking the Deposit of Faith is a superlative resource to all in the catechetical field, be they priests, parents, teachers, parish catechists, youth ministers, and so on.
Presented by Sean Ascough and Eithne Nic Giolla Cathain of Youth2000 Ireland, Ulrike Heckl of Youth2000 Germany, Andre Regnier of Catholic Christian Outreach, and Katrina Herlambang of the Catechetical Institute.
The vision of St. John Paul II in inaugurating World Youth Day, developed into a decades-long challenge to the Church to call each generation of youth and young adults to the heights of sainthood. This apostolate to the future is at the heart of renewal. Yet, for 21st century people, many of our ministry strategies towards young adults seem to produce meager results. Catholic leaders want to make disciples, evangelize well, and be fruitful. Many just don’t know how to do it intentionally. Any effort to evangelize and make disciples of young adults must start with a carefully-formed Catholic worldview and a genuine missionary mindset, with particular attention is given to sustained long-term growth in the spiritual life, not just short-term gains. This webinar will focus on a candid discussion of the realities and challenges in ministry to young adults, and some strategies and skills to reach young adults for Jesus.
Presented by Sam Mauck and Dcn. Jeff Drzycimski of the Diocese of Memphis.
A strong diocesan formation effort is not simply one geared to form individuals well in the faith, but one that seeks to foster intimate ties in Christ among the faithful, providing distinctively Catholic and ongoing encounters with Jesus through devotions, Confession, education, and fellowship, so participation in the Mass is experienced as it should be, as the summit of a wider movement towards the Lord. A strong parish community is one that aims to foster sacrificial accompaniment within structures of continuity of care – to foster and deepen the vocation to others, knowing that the faith is most effectively passed on via pathways of familial trust, personal witness, vulnerable friendship, genuine sharing and reciprocal sacrifice, within the strength of a community. This webinar will discuss ways to foster, at a diocesan level, ongoing formation that encourages this experience of the Lord in local communities of faith.
Presented by Dr. Gerard O’Shea of Notre Dame University of Sydney and the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.
Come and learn from a true master! Dr. O’Shea is has led a diocesan school system in Australia and has long been a professor of Religious Education for the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. He has worked in Catholic education for over forty years and has written numerous articles and books on religious education and parenting. He and his wife, Anne, served as president couple of the National Association of Catholic Families. He is an internationally-recognized expert on how to take Montessori principles of forming children into a diversity of settings – regular Catholic schools especially!
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Presented by Tom Reichenbacher of the Diocese of La Crosse, Dr. Camille Brown of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Dr. Therese Recinella of the Diocese of Columbus.
“From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics. . . . In a Catholic school, everyone should be aware of the living presence of Jesus the ‘Master’ who, today as always, is with us in our journey through life as the one genuine ‘Teacher,’ the perfect Man in whom all human values find their fullest perfection” (“The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: Guidelines for Reflection and Renewal” 25). The Catholic school has a unique ability to help students and staff in their process of ongoing conversion. This webinar aims to discuss the critical role of each teacher, since, “The nobility of the task to which teachers are called demands that, in imitation of Christ, the only Teacher, they reveal the Christian message not only by word but also by every gesture of their behavior. This is what makes the difference between a school whose education is permeated by the Christian spirit and one in which religion is only regarded as an academic subject like any other” (The Catholic School, Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education 43). We will discuss with diocesan-level leaders of school systems the challenges and ways forward to help form faculties towards this vision.
Presented by Patrick Ginty of the Diocese of Raleigh.
St. John Paul II tells us that, “Family catechesis . . . precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis” (Apostolic Exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” Catechesi tradendae 68). These words challenge us to examine our thinking about how to pass on the Catholic faith within the parish or school we serve, and specifically to look at how to encourage the formation of the entire family. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read, “The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom” (2207). This webinar examines the primacy of the family in faith formation and the importance of assisting families in their missionary life, so that the saving work of the domestic church is well supported.
Presented by Tom Quinlan, Ministry Director, St. Joseph Educational Center of Des Moines.
Never before has it been as important to engage parents and involve them in the faith development of their children. At the center of this shift is the need to bring parents into meaningful relationship with Jesus and the Church. We will explore both the vision for this and specific pastoral action to help parish faith formation meaningfully impact our households.
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Presented by Ken Ogorek of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Those to whom the faith is taught are swimming in Woke Soup, and the culture of death has a powerful ally in Cancel Culture. Evangelization and catechesis acknowledge these realities, equipping folks to navigate the culture of cancellation as well as seeing through the woke-ism that can obscure our vision of wisdom, mercy and moral authority. Join seasoned catechist and diocesan leader Ken Ogorek for a brief treatment of these timely topics — a web session with an eye toward authentic inculturation in our times.
Presented by Dr. Peter Murphy and colleagues of the Diocese of Green Bay.
The idea of working as a diocesan team to foster discipleship may seem daunting but with dedication and perseverance, it is possible to see fruit. This webinar will explore, through the lens of one diocese, some of the challenges to overcome, and some suggestions about how to pursue a team approach, how they are trying to address difficulties they’ve encountered, as well as some areas of success.
Presented by Jayne Mondoy of the Diocese of Honolulu.
St. Paul lists administration as gift to build up the Church (1 Cor 12:28). Ministry leadership and administration are often unsung and unnoticed, yet the harmony, communication, and collaboration necessary for effective ministry would suffer without excellence in these areas. What traits and practices make for success in a ministry leader’s life? What forms of professionalism in ministry might be cultivated to ensure a better disciple relationship with Jesus and more effective outreach work? This webinar explores characteristics of leadership and healthy interaction with others.
Presented by Charleen Katra, Julia Gilberto, and Esther Garcia of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and Chad Judice of the Diocese of Lafayette.
In his homily at the Jubilee of the Disabled, St. John Paul II beautifully stated: “How eloquent are your words for us . . . Lord of life and hope! Every human limitation is ransomed and redeemed in you. Thanks to you, disability is not the last word on life. Love is the last word; it is your love that gives meaning to life” (December 3, 2020). We also heard from St. John Paul II that “. . . the Church has always looked on catechesis as a sacred duty and an inalienable right” that needs to be available to all people, and this includes persons with disabilities (Apostolic Exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” Catechesi tradendae 14). This webinar will discuss the Church’s teaching and practical guidance concerning catechesis for persons who have physical or developmental disabilities, and how to serve their families.
Presented by Dr. Joseph White, Director of Catechetical Resources at Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.
“. . . thus says the Lord . . . ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine’” (Isaiah 43:1). The proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel, the kerygma, is the message we are called to share with all those we catechize, and the great story of God’s loving plan for our salvation and what He calls us to be. In order to proclaim the kerygma to any audience in a way that can be heard and inculcated — such that they desire to run to their Savior and return His love — it is important for us to understand the content of the kerygma, its different formulations, and the context in which we will be sharing it. This webinar will explore the essence of the kerygma and ways to effectively share it in a catechetical setting.
Presented by Dr. Bill Keimig of the Catechetical Institute
Bishop Thomas Olmsted noted that, “Franciscan University has been on the vanguard of forming generations of priests, religious and lay faithful in service to the Church and world. It has provided passionate and robust intellectual formation for the People of God for many decades now. Franciscan University has, and continues to be, a gift to the Church. Thus, I wish to affirm my support of the Catechetical Institute and assure those who are interested in taking advantage of this online resource that I fully endorse this catechetical effort.”
So what is the Catechetical Institute seeing as its next creative steps to help the Church in the New Evangelization, and to help you succeed in this challenging culture? Come find out!
Presented by Mary Ann Wiesinger-Puig of the Catechetical Institute
In the Directory for Catechesis we read, “Over the course of the centuries, the Church has never neglected to give priority to the formation of catechists. . . . Formation is an ongoing process that, under the guidance of the Spirit and in the living womb of the Christian community, helps the baptized person to take shape . . .” (130–131). This beautiful document highlights for us the incredible vocation that is catechesis and the importance of the formation of catechists and leaders in diverse communities of faith and cultures.
In light of the document’s strong emphasis on kerygmatic catechesis, pastoral accompaniment, and the need to more effectively reach families, this webinar will explore how the Directory for Catechesis specifically points to ways forward in Hispanic ministry.
Presented by Katie Dawson (Diocese of Orange), Sean Martin (Diocese of Gary), and Ann Lankford (Diocese of La Crosse).
A strong diocesan formation effort is not simply one geared to form individuals well in the faith, but one that seeks to foster intimate ties in Christ among the faithful, providing distinctively Catholic and ongoing encounters with Jesus through devotions, Confession, education, and fellowship, so participation in the Mass is experienced as it should be, as the summit of a wider movement towards the Lord.
This webinar will discuss ways to foster, at a diocesan level, creative catechetical formation that encourages this experience of the Lord in local communities of faith.
Presented by Mary Mosher, Master Catechist and Catechetical Institute Mentor.
St. John Paul II tells us that, “Family catechesis . . . precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis” (Apostolic Exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” Catechesi tradendae, CT, 68). These words challenge us to examine our thinking about how to pass on the Catholic faith within the parish or school we serve, and specifically to look at how to encourage the formation of the entire
family. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read, “The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom” (2207). This webinar will examine the primacy of the family in religious formation and the importance of assisting families in their own formation so that together the parish or school community and families can work to bring about the well-formed and beautiful soul of each member.
Presented by Dino Durando and Marc Cardaronella of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Parish renewal can be sought in many ways, and within a larger diocesan initiative of this kind, individual parish communities need to find their own ways of moving in that direction effectively. The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has discerned a pathway to renewal for its parishes, and is in this work for the long run, not following the illusion of quick solutions. They will discuss how they discerned their approach, the realities they’ve faced, and on what terms good progress becomes possible.
Presented by Marcel LeJeune, Founder, and President of Catholic Missionary Disciples.
The facts are clear – the Catholic Church in many countries is losing too many people. The Church needs to rediscover the model of ministry that Jesus handed on to the Church. This webinar will share a vision and approach for helping leaders to aim for changing the culture of their ministry toward the multiplication of missionary disciples. The reality is that there are no magic bullets or quick fixes. Jesus spent nearly every day of three years training twelve men in what it meant to be Catholic leaders, and they still misunderstood him, sinned, and fell short of his call. We do the same. Still, he left us not only with the content of his teaching, but the very model and mission we are to achieve – the universal call to “make disciples of all nations,” by helping others come into a life-changing encounter with Jesus, accompanying them, forming them, and sending them back into the world that needs Good News. Come explore ways forward to foster that goal.
Presented by Chad Judice of the Diocese of Lafayette, LA.
The vision of St. John Paul II in inaugurating World Youth Day, developed into a decades-long challenge to the Church to call each generation of youth and young adults to the heights of sainthood. This apostolate to the future is at the heart of renewal. Any effort to evangelize and make disciples of young adults must start with a carefully-formed Catholic worldview and a genuine missionary mindset, with particular attention to sustained long-term growth in the spiritual life, not just short-term gains. This webinar will explore those challenges and how to move forward effectively.
Presented by Dr. Petroc Willey, Director of the Catechetical Institute.
God’s generosity and His Fatherly love is most fully manifest in His Son’s incarnation in ancient Israel and His continuing presence in the Blessed Sacrament upon every altar. Our lives flow from the Eucharist and lead back to the Eucharist, so that we may be filled with God’s life, sent into the world to proclaim the Good News, and be strengthened and invigorated for a life lived for others. Eucharistic revival flows from three ways of formation: 1) How to see God’s gift of the Eucharist, rooted in knowing Jesus personally and loving the sacred liturgy; 2) How to be formed for a Eucharistic life of intimate devotion and radical trust; 3) How to give the saving truths of the Eucharist to others effectively in the home, the classroom, and in any relationship.
..........Recommended Resources.......... Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life (Ignatius Press, 2003).......... Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, The Spirit of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2nd edition, 2014).......... Romano Guardini, Sacred Signs (Pro Decimo Press, 1956) – meditations on the liturgical gestures, helping us really enter into them.......... George Herbert, The Temple (Canon Press, 2020) (Herbert’s collected poetry, with poems such as the Altar, the Sacrifice, The Windows, the Church-Floore, Love, and so on).
Presented by David Spesia, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis for the USCCB, Dr. James Pauley, Professor of Catechetics, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, Monica Oppermann, of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA.
Presented by Sr. Mary Michael Fox, OP of the Dominicans of St. Cecelia of Nashville, TN, Teresa Hawes of Burlington, VT and Mary Ann Wiesinger-Puig, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Franciscan’s Catechetical Institute.
Would you like to feel more supported in your efforts to help others grow in faith? Are you interested in becoming really good at sharing your faith with family, friends, and co-workers? We are announcing here the founding of an international Guild, anchored to Franciscan University’s work and charism in the fields of evangelization and catechetics. It is a diverse and apprenticeship-oriented entity serving anyone who desires to learn how to pass on the faith to others effectively. A key aspect of this Guild is strong formation and relationships, so that people who sometimes feel isolated in being faithful to the Church would not remain unsupported and unaccompanied, and the faithful creativity we see arising in so many places can be fruitfully shared under the grace and guidance of Mother Church.
Franciscan Center for Evangelization and Renewal
Franciscan University of Steubenville
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About Franciscan Catechetics
The Catechetics Degree Programs and the Catechetical Institute (CI) at Franciscan University of Steubenville work in concert to prepare clergy, religious and laity to join the “army of catechists” called for by St. John Paul II, eager to help the Church in her mission of making all nations joyful disciples of Jesus Christ. We combine a thorough formation in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and Magisterial documents with training in effective pedagogical techniques to help those we serve to grasp the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Father’s plan, and to bear witness to others faithfully of the wonderful life of grace in the Holy Spirit.