Episode 001 – The Once and Future Catechist

001Welcome to the inaugural episode of Catechetical Leader, a new podcast from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Catechetical Leader will come out every other month and features interviews and discussions related to religious education, faith formation and evangelization in the Church.

This episode features Lee Nagel and Anne Roat of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership discussing the past and future of catechesis in America.

Click to Play – 001 – Once and Future Catechist

Upcoming Catechist Formation Opportunities

I will be offering two learning opportunities aimed at catechests in the coming months:

The first is a one-hour webinar on social networking. This webinar will offer an overview of social networking for beginners with a special emphasis on implications for Catholic educators and catechists. I will take a brief look at the Church’s teaching on social media, examine the most popular social networking sites, and offer guidelines for getting started in the world of social networking.

While the primary audience will be teachers and catechists from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, there should be plenty of spaces available. To register, click on the time you would like to attend:

  • October 20 at 3:40-4:40p
  • October 21 at 3:40-4:40p
  • October 21 at 7:30-8:30p
  • October 22 at 7:30-8:30p

The second opportunity is a course I will be teaching at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield, Illinois. “The Second Vatican Council: Its History and its Documents” will run for five consecutive Tuesday evenings from October 6 to November 3. We will examine the historical forces that influenced the council, look at selections from the documents, and talk about how the council has been interpreted in the 40 years since it closed. To register, contact the Office for Catechesis.