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Franciscan University has produced a prodigious amount of material over the years that can help you be a better catechist. Here, you will find videos, audio clips, magazines, books, brochures, and other resources produced by University faculty, conference speakers, and an array of collaborators. We are pleased to make much of it available for free, with a handful of items requiring a subscription or purchase.
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Barbara A. Morgan
Click to listen through SoundCloud. Throughout the generations, the Word of God has been handed on as a precious jewel. The Church has guarded this Deposit of Faith so that the saving message of hope might shine out for all to see. Now it is up to us. It is our turn to hand on this jewel, unscathed. It is up to us to catechize, continuing the unbroken chain of passing on the faith throughout the ages. The term catechesis comes from two Greek words meaning, “to echo down,” reflecting the call to us to “echo down,” to hand on, the whole of the faith in its saving fullness. This Deposit of Faith is summed up for our times in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We will look at this important teaching tool for catechesis in this workshop, to discover how we, too, can effectively pass on the precious deposit of Christian teaching. And in learning how to do this, we are able to insert our own name into St. Paul’s exhortation, “O catechist, guard what has been entrusted to you.”
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Barbara A. Morgan
Click to listen through SoundCloud. This workshop explores what is the Catholic worldview. It is the way that Catholics perceive, think, and act in light of the authentic realities and transcendent truths that God has revealed through the Church. It is seeing and understanding the world as Christ and His Church see it. The result of conversion to Christ is peace of soul and zeal of heart. Developing a Catholic worldview takes time – cooperating with God’s grace, turning away from things that are not of God and towards those that are, becoming “strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph 6:10) Founded in grace, the power of God’s very life, then they can say, more and more each day, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:19-20) until they achieve the goal that Jesus set before the crowds on the mountain in Galilee: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is Perfect” (Mt 5:48).
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Barbara A. Morgan
Click to listen through SoundCloud. How do I know what to teach? How do I know what is essential? What can I not leave to chance that my students will get on their own? Many catechists are never helped and trained to go beyond pre-written outlines. They never discover how to take a piece of God’s revelation, a doctrine, and break it down in a way that answers these critical questions. This workshop explores how to identify the premise, essentials, common misunderstandings, related doctrines, and foundational Scriptures for the truths all catechists are called to pass on, so that each catechist can develop teachings that flow from his or her own deep grasp of the saving truths.
Audio (Free)
Barbara A. Morgan
Click to listen through SoundCloud. This workshop outlines the Church’s purpose and understanding of sacred liturgy in light of God’s wonderful plan of salvation. It helps youth ministers develop a Catholic identity with their teens through the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, offering pragmatic and well-tested ways to help teens participate in the liturgy, as well as strategies to help teens see the Eucharist as the ‘source and summit’ of their lives.
Audio (Free)
Barbara A. Morgan
Click to listen through SoundCloud. God created the world in His plan of loving goodness. He intends to bring everything He created to perfection and this includes you! God is all-powerful and good. He has a beautiful plan for your life. The only limitation is the freedom which He has freely given us to respond to His call. This workshop delves into the goodness of God the Father and how we can respond to His calling in our lives.
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