Notes and Resources: Using New Media for Professional Development

Thank to everyone who participated in my webinar today on using new media for professional development in catechesis!

Here are my notes, a link to the opening prayer from the USCCB,  and some of the resources I mentioned during the webinar:




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Free Webinar: Using New Media for Professional Development

Online platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, webinars, and podcasts offer amazing opportunities for connecting to catechetical resources and leaders across the country — and the world!

How can you use these tools to develop your skills as a catechetical leader? What resources are available? And what are the best ways to find these resources?

I will explore these questions and offer practical tips and resources for using new media for professional development as a catechetical leader during a free webinar on Monday, August 6, at 1p (Central Time).

You can register online for free at

This webinar is co-sponsored by the  National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Good Catechesis is Hard Work

The director of worship in our diocesan curia is fond of saying that “Good liturgy is hard work.” By that he doesn’t mean that liturgy is onerous or can only be done by professionals. Rather, he means that it takes time and effort to prepare good liturgy. One can’t simply show up and expect it to happen; everything from the training of ministers to the selection of songs must be properly attended to if the  liturgy  is flow naturally.

The same can be said for catechesis. Good catechesis is hard work. Everything from the formation of catechists to evaluating curriculum to lesson planning requires time and energy if it is to be done properly and not in a perfunctory manner.

This is another reason why a trained, full-time parish catechetical leader is the ideal. Good catechesis is about more than ordering textbooks and unlocking the doors on Wednesdays nights. Unfortunately most volunteers — who already have full-time jobs and families to care for — don’t have the time to devote to planning and most pastors are not willing to provide training and support to someone who is “only a volunteer.”

But the question remains:  If we aren’t willing to invest in someone, who will do the hard work of catechesis?