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Rooting Our Catechesis in the Gospel, Charleston, Spring 2024


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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

195 Amicks Ferry Rd
Chapin, SC 29036 United States

January 27, 2024

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Workshop Overview

Catechists and Catechetical Leaders are invited to join us for a Workshop in the Diocese of Charleston, SC. Explore the essential teachings of Jesus and how you can lead your students to live as disciples of Christ. You will learn how to make the basic proclamation of the Gospel, known as the Kerygma, active in your own life, and how it can form the basis of your vocation as a teacher. 

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.

Registration for this Workshop is being handled by the Diocese of Charleston.


  • 9:00-9:30am

    Breakfast and Check-In

  • 9:30-9:45am

    Program Introduction

  • 9:45-10:15am

    The Jesus Elevator Pitch

    How well do we know the basic Gospel message? Could we share all the essential details with a complete stranger? Spend time exploring the essential elements of sharing the basic Gospel message with our students and others.

  • 10:15-11:00am

    Returning to the Heart of the Matter: Kerygmatic Catechesis Part 1

    Enjoy the first talk by Sr. Johanna, followed by Q & A

  • 11:00-11:15am


  • 11:15am-12:00pm

    Parables of the Kingdom

    Spend time engaging in interactive activities that will help your students understand the essential elements of Jesus’ message as told through Parables.

  • 12:00-12:30pm

    Scriptural Meditation

  • 12:30-1:15pm


  • 1:15-2:00pm

    Returning to the Heart of the Matter: Kerygmatic Catechesis Part 2

    Enjoy the second talk by Sr. Johanna, followed by Q & A

  • 2:00-2:10pm


  • 2:10-2:50pm

    Apples to Kerygma

    Spend time collaborating with colleagues by discussing ways to ensure every doctrine taught relates back to the basic Gospel message.

  • 2:50-3:00pm

    Additional Resources, Evaluation

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge.

Practical Application

Research-based teaching strategies, and concrete tools to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, and your calling as a witness to Christ.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free supplemental guide featuring 10-12 lessons with activities and sacred art.


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Jose Gonzalez

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 been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, 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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Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSMG, Ph. D.

Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, she holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma as well as an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. Involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level, Sr. Johanna has also spent several years as a Catholic school teacher. In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. Sr. Johanna is also engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.

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