Regional Gatherings for Catholic Educators hosted by Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Are you in driving distance from Joplin, Springfield, Cape Girardeau, or Sikeston, Missouri? Would you like to join with other Catholic educators to learn more about what is means to teach and share faith in our digital age?

Join Lori Dahlhoff, NCEA Religious Education Department executive director, and Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau hosts Karen Pesek (Director of Catechesis and Evangelization) and Leon Witte (Superintendent) in a regional professional development session. The same content will be presented at all four sites. Click here to download the registration form.

Audience: Catholic educators serving in parishes and schools including pastors, principals, directors of religious education, teachers, and catechists

Sites and Times: Four separate gatherings in four different sites across the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri,

  • Friday, March 13, 2015 (focus on Catholic schools): 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Joplin, MO
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 (focus on Parish faith formation): 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, Springfield, MO*
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 (focus on Parish faith formation): 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Monday, March 16, 2015 (focus on Catholic schools): 12:30 – 3:30 pm,  Sikeston, MO

Presentation Overview: “God Is Always There First: Sharing Good News in Our Times and Places”

Being an educator, particularly a Catholic educator, in our digital, globally connected age can be both exciting and challenging. What and who will you rely on to sustain your passion for teaching and sharing the Catholic faith as Good News in this context? Lori will draw on Pope Francis’ September 27, 2013 “Address to Catechists” as we consider what it means to teach and lead from the assumption that God is already at work in our own lives and in learners before we become their teachers and mentors.

Workshop Goal: Participants will be better equipped for sharing the Catholic faith and their role in Catholic religious education and faith formation through:

  • Describing the terms “new evangelization” and “catechesis” and what they have to do with teaching in a Catholic setting
  • Reflecting on  the call to “be” a catechist
  • Identifying practical approaches and concerns in reaching the hearts and minds of learners (Saturday gathering will include more time for this objective)

Registration: Complete form then send to Rosie Francka, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

  • Registration Fee: Generously covered by the Diocese and OSV ($45 value)
  • *Saturday Breakfast and Lunch Fee = $10
  • Deadline: March 4, 2015