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One Day Event | September 2020

Family Hands holding a white cross

Date: September 19, 2020
An experience that focused on families, the “Domestic Church” and parents as primary teachers of the faith.

Thank you for joining us to our 38th Annual Religious Education Congress of Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region.
This year, our Congress had a series of five online events (one for each Pastoral Region).

Those who joined learned how to do faith formation with their families, understand what Jesus is calling us to (as PCL, Catechist, Parent) in these new and challenging times full of opportunities, and recognize that faith formation is not about transmitting information but is about facilitating transformation! And how do we do this in a digital world that we now find ourselves living in right now. 
May our Mother Queen of Angels continue to journey with you.
-David Lara, Regional Coordinator

3 tracks, choose which one suits you best. 


9:00am PRAYER
Session 1 


Called to Ministry in times of COVID19

Speaker: Kathy Hendricks

Life has changed: am I still a catechist?

Speaker: Chris Stefanick

Part 1 Pivoting Parenting Pandemic Practice: How to Shelter Faith

Speakers: Suzette Somborger & Tim O’Malley

10:00am BREAK
Session 2


What does the New Directory for Catechists tell us?

Speaker: Lucas Pollice

Part 1 Virtual Catechesis: What every catechist should know

Speaker: Steve Botsford

Part 2 Pivoting Parenting Pandemic Practice: How to Shelter Faith

Speakers: Suzette Somborger & Tim O’Malley

11:00am BREAK
Session 3


How to coach Parents & Catechists in these challenging times

Speaker: John Collins

Part 2 Virtual Catechesis: What every catechist should know

Speaker: Steve Botsford

Part 3 Pivoting Parenting Pandemic Practice: How to Shelter Faith

Speakers: Suzette Somborger & Tim O’Malley

12:00pm PRAYER


Inagural Reflection 

Christina Lamas is the Executive Director for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). Previously, she served as Associate Director for the Office of Religious Education and Division Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Christina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. In her role with NFCYM, she is also a member of the core team for the National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults, a collaborative initiative with several national organizations and the USCCB.


Session 1 PCL Track ~ English ~ 9:15AM-10:00AM

Called to Ministry in Times of COVID19

The onset of the COVID virus has catapulted parishes into different ways to minister to and with the members of our communities. Mark’s account of the Blind Bartimaeus offers a model of catechetical ministry that is personalized, inclusive, attentive, understanding, and oriented towards service and caring. Following Jesus’ tender approach, we may find these times to be great opportunities to stretch our ministries further as we share the Good News with others. 

Kathy Hendricks is the National Catechetical Consultant for William H. Sadlier and contributing writer for their programs. Kathy offers talks, retreats, and workshops throughout the country and is the author of several books on parish ministry, family, and spirituality. Her latest publications include Seeking Spiritual Balance in an Off-Kilter World and Heavenly Friends: An Introduction to the Beauty of Icons. Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Christian Community Development from Regis University, Denver, and certification in spiritual direction from Benet Hill Center in Colorado Springs.

Session 2 PCL Track ~ English ~ 10:15AM-11:00AM

What does the New Directory for Catechesis Tell Us?

This workshop will be an introduction to the new Directory for Catechesis, highlighting particularly its call for a rich and dynamic kerygmatic catechesis, how the baptismal catechumenate is the overarching model for all catechesis, and the various ways that catechesis is to be carried out in the Church in the New Evangelization that meets the challenges and opportunities of our times. 

Lucas Pollice is an Associate Professor of Theology and Catechetics and Director of the MA in Leadership for the New Evangelization Degree Program for the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. He had previously served as the director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. Lucas has been involved in full-time parish and diocesan catechetical ministry for over 20 years and in addition to teaching presents at catechetical training conferences across the country. He is the author of Open Wide the Doors to Christ: Discovering Catholicism, a complete curriculum for RCIA and has worked in the development and production of Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained, Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage, Forgiven, as well as other catechetical videos and curriculum series produced by the Augustine Institute. Lucas and his wife, Mary, have six children and live in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Session 3 PCL Track ~ English ~ 11:15AM-12:00PM

How to Coach Parents and Catechists in these Challenging Times

Coaching…sounds like accompaniment to me! Our mission of forming disciples hasn’t changed, but as catechetical leaders our priorities have to change around how we do what we do. At this point in time, everyone is trying to figure out a “new normal” which will probably be a moving target as we move forward. Yes, we need to manage our faith formation programs, but more importantly, we need to listen and walk with our parents and catechists. “Everything in coaching hinges on listening because what we are listening for affects where we are speaking from and unfolds how we are being with and for each other” (Marilyn Atkinson, Rae Chois). Sounds like accompaniment to me. Let’s show leadership by inspiring and always being there for support. 

John Collins is a retired elementary school principal, former Director of Curriculum and Professional Development and elementary school teacher. He is also a former DRE and catechist.  John worked with Sadlier in the northeast for many years, and he is now a National Religion Consultant with Sadlier. He is a keynote speaker and presenter at both national and regional catechetical congresses, and provides catechist training giving practical ideas, strategies and activities on how to teach and be a catechist. His presentations always bring the practical and realistic to catechesis with his experience as both a professional educator and a catechetical leader.

Session 1 CATECHISTS Track ~ English ~ 9:15AM-10:00AM

Life Has Changed: Am I Still a Catechist?

First Things: Going back to the Basics to Renew the Church and Change the World Right Now. 

Chris Stefanick is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and television host who has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold, contagious faith. Recipient of the Papal Benemerenti Medal, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput calls Chris “one of the most engaging defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” Chris’ live seminars reach more than 85,000 people per year. His reality TV show, videos, and radio spots reach millions of people, and his educational initiatives are turning the tide in the Church. He authored the Chosen Confirmation program which has already formed more than 500,000 teens. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Chris is also the founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a non-profit which operates as the headquarters for Chris’s various initiatives. Above all, Chris is proud to be the husband to his wife Natalie and father to their six children.

Session 2 CATECHISTS Track ~ English ~ 10:15AM-11:00AM

Virtual Catechesis: What Every Catechist Should Know (Part 1)

Do you find yourself cringing at the thought of remote learning? If so, come to Part One and learn how virtual learning differs from face to face, the benefits and drawbacks of the two approaches, and specific ways to approach promoting faith development as a virtual catechist. 

Steve Botsford is Senior Director of Digital Catechesis from William H. Sadlier, Inc. He holds a Master Degree of Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans; a Master of Business Administration through the University of Phoenix; a certificate of church management from Villanova University, and is a Master Catechist in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. After converting to the Catholic faith in 1992, he became a catechist to help others learn about God’s love – the same love he experienced during his conversion. He served over ten years in parish ministries as a youth minister and DRE.

Session 3 CATECHISTS Track ~ English ~ 11:15AM-12:00PM

Virtual Catechesis: What Every Catechist Should Know (Part 2)

Do you find yourself relying on technology to proclaim the promise more now than ever? If so, come to Part Two and learn three essential skills for success as a virtual catechist. Session topics include: how to create a simple but effective instructional video, how to create meaningful projects to engage family activity at home, and how to easily monitor progress. 

Steve Botsford was the speaker. See Speaker’s Biography in the session above.

Session 1, 2, 3 PARENTS Track ~ English ~ 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:15am

Pivoting Parenting Pandemic Practice: How to Shelter Faith (Part 1, 2, 3)

What does faith at home look like? Tim and Suzette will offer a formative process of living faith at home with practical tools and resources to help guide parents and families along the way. Those attending these sessions will develop an enriched mission of sharing faith within the home, especially in the context of COVID-19.

Suzette Sornborger is one of our Pastoral Associates and the Director of Faith Formation at St. Monica. Suzette grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she was very involved in her own youth faith formation programs. She received her MA in Pastoral Theology. She also holds her Master Catechist certification from the Archdiocese and teaches with various teams across Our Lady Angels Pastoral Region. Her heart is in building strong catholic families across the ages. She has been married for 30+ years. They have 3 adult children.

Tim O’Malley, Ph.D. is the Director of Education, at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches and researches at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in the areas of liturgical-sacramental theology, marriage and family, catechesis and spirituality. He is the author of a number of books, most recently Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating and Marriage in a Hookup World (Ave Maria Press, 2018) and Lift Up Your Hearts: Liturgical Formation in the RCIA (Liturgical Press, 2019). He is currently working on a multi-volume work on the history of liturgical formation beginning with St. Augustine. He is married and has two children ages 7 and 3.

This event was hosted by:
Archdiocese of Los Angeles – Office of Religious Education
Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region

Official Event Bilingual Flyer (Download PDF)

David Lara
Regional Coordinator work 310-216-9587 Cell: 213-949-2552

Araceli Ramirez
Administrative Assistant work: 310-216-9587 Cell: 213-840-2190

We are grateful to the following organizations for their support and contributions sponsoring our speakers.



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