Videos: Building a Better Disciple Series

This past Monday evening I completed my five-part webinar series “Building a Better Disciple.”

All five videos are available to view. In addition, slides and catechist formation participation forms for catechists and teachers in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are available at

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the live webinars. This was a fun and enlightening experiment in webinar-based catechist formation and I already have some ideas for a video-based formation series in the spring. Stay tuned!

Video: Understanding the Necessity of the Three “News” of New Evangelization

On October 19 I had the privilege of moderating the weekly #CatholicEdChat on Twitter. Our conversation centered on the New Evangelization.

The very first question I asked was how people understand the phrase “New Evangelization.” The responses prompted me to make this three-minute video about Bl. Pope John Paul II’s three “news” of the New Evangelization:

Webinar Video: How to Write a News Release for Your Ministry

Today my office sponsored a free webinar on writing news releases on behalf of your school, parish, or ministry. The webinar was led by Kathie Sass, director of communications for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, and it includes very helpful tips and advice for crafting releases that will appeal to the secular news media.

Kathie was also kind enough to provide the slides she used during her presentation:

Webinar Notes: Integrating Technology in Religious Education on a Parish Budget

Thank you again to Sadlier Religion for sponsoring my webinar today! Below are my slides, notes, and additional resources based on the presentation!



Presentation Slides and Notes


Additional Resources

Related Webinars

Webinar Notes: Using the Parish Web Site to Power Adult Faith Formation


Thank you to everyone who participated in my webinar “Using the Parish Web Site to Power Adult Faith Formation” sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation Committee of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership! Here are the notes and links I mentioned during the presentation as well as the PowerPoint slides; I’ll have the video up as soon as it’s available.


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Other Sites

Related Presentations

Finding Copyright-Free Images for Catechetical Use

Sorry for the recent radio silence; my website switched to a new server earlier this month and it caused some unexpected issues. I’ve got them (mostly) resolved now, so expect regular posting to commence next week.In the meantime, here is a short video I made last week about how to find free, high-quality pictures for your catechetical projects without having to worry about running afoul of copyright laws:

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:




Reading Blogs

Creating Blogs


Video: Fortnight for Freedom Prayer Rally – Springfield, IL

Yesterday our diocesan bishop, the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, hosted a prayer rally outside the Illinois State Capitol as part of our observance of the Fortnight for Freedom. I was particularly impressed with this rally’s focus on prayer as the primary strength of the Church. Bishop Paprocki was one of the architects of the Fortnight for Freedom and his consistant message has been that the Fortnight should be an event centered on prayer and education — not partisan posturing.

The rally was recorded; I offer it here, the day before we celebrate our Independence Day,  as one example of how the Church participates in the public life of our nation in a spirit of affirmative orthodoxy.

(Any complaints about the shaky camera work can be directed to your humble servant, who forgot the tripod.)