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2018 Evening for Catechists and Youth Ministers

Making Disciples: Forming Hearts and Informing the Minds of Our Children

The call of the New Evangelization reminds us that the goal of all catechesis is to help people develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  We also recognize that to know him is to know the truth he taught in word and deed and entrusted to his Church. 

This session will look at the process of conversion and how it happens at every stage of development.  How do we facilitate the opening of our children’s hearts while teaching them the truths of our Catholic faith?

Sponsored by: Our Sunday Visitor & the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation

Click to download the slides from Dr. Paradise's presentation


March 20:
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Holy Rosary Parish Center
32 Vaughn St., Caribou

March 21:
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Notre Dame Parish Center
116 Silver St., Waterville

March 22:
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Holy Martyrs Church Hall
266 Foreside Rd., Falmouth

All events begin with a light supper.

There is a parish Mass at 5:30 p.m. in Falmouth for those interested.

Cost: $10 per person

Dr. Jo Ann Paradise is a national consultant for Our Sunday Visitor and works with the product development team in creating resources for children and their families.  Jo Ann has served as a catechetical leader in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for over 32 years. She has taught at both the grade school and high school level in Catholic schools and has served as an adjunct faculty member of several universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Jo Ann gives keynotes and workshops at diocesan conferences through the United States and Canada.  Through her stories, Jo Ann motivates educators and catechists to prepare their children to meet the risen Lord and then to learn how to respond to his invitations through a life of discipleship.  She is a popular retreat director and provides spiritual direction. Jo Ann lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Don, and extended family.