Northern Area Congress is coming!


Please register soon for the Northeren Area Congress on Satuarday, September 17.  It is a day filled with learning opportunities to hone your skills in catechesis as well as explore faith content.  It is a day of excitement as people meet old friends, make new friends, and spend time browsing the displays from pulishers and book sellers  This year Cards by Anne and Deidre & Company ( will join us.

Dobie Moser will offer us some new insights to reach out to adolescents and their families. 

It is a MUST ATTEND event!


Getting Started as a Catechist: FREE Webinar

Roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year, and Loyola Press is supporting their training by hosting a webinar series called “Getting Started as a Catechist.” In this series, Joe Paprocki, DMin, discusses the basic skills of being a catechist, how to plan effective lessons, ways to lead compelling prayer, tips on how to organize a variety of activities, and how to maintain order and discipline in the learning environment, in addition to other topics.

 “Becoming a catechist is exciting and, let’s face it, somewhat intimidating!” Paprocki says. “New and experienced catechists are eager to learn ways to effectively engage young people in faith formation and basic teaching skills to help them gain confidence in this vocation.”

 There will be four webinars in the series, each focused on a different age group. The following is the breakdown of the sessions and dates, which all air from7 pmto8 pm CDT:


  • August 24 (intermediate age children: grades 4–6)
  • August 30 (junior high and high school)
  • September 6 (adult faith formation)

 These webinars are free and give catechists, and those interested in becoming catechists, the opportunity to learn more about their vocation from the comfort of their computer. These webinars will also help catechists prepare for Catechetical Sunday. Those who are interested can register at Catechist’s Journey ( If you have never seen Joe in action and want a personal invitation, here is a video clip of him talking about the series:



Dr. Moser

If you work with adolescents and their families in faith formation, here’s a day for you!  The 36th Northern Congress happens on September 17 at the Piqua, Ohio  JVS.  The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Gregory “Dobie” Moser, Director of the Youth and Young Adult Minsitry and CYO Office for the Cleveland Diocese since 1995.  Dr. Moser will address practical ways to draw adoelscents and their families into a life of faith.  Twenty of the thirty-one workshops will be of interest to catechists and youth ministers working with teens.   The registration  brochures have been sent to parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  You can print your own at or contact us at  for copies.


Go to  see the Power Point Slides  and hear episodes of  Ave Maria Press’ Professional Development Webinar Series of the past year.  These Webinars for Catechetical Leaders, Catechists and Catholic School Teachers includ topics such as Technology Tips, Pastoral Leadership, Digital MInistry & Social Media, Pillars of Faith, Supervision, Teens & Chastity, etc. led by noted experts on the topics.


Once again the Northern Congress will be held at the Joint Vocational School on Looney Road on the northern edge of Piqua.  Except for the first few years, the JVS has been home to the Congress each September.  The school is easy to find (just 1/2 mile off I-75) with ample parking and easy accessibility.  The lecture room is perfect for  prayer and the keynote address while the expanded dining area is perfect for morning coffee and lunch and also has a spacious area for the exhibits.  The classrooms of various sizes work well for the break-out workshops.  Each year the staff of the JVS is most gracious and helpful.  See the brochure for the Sept. 17 Congress online at


The Information/Registration Brochures for the 36th Annual Northern Congress are on-line at

Dobie Moser  Hard copies of the brochure will be sent to parishes and Catholic Schools shortly.  The keynote address on on enhancing the faith formation of adolescents and their families will be delivered by Dobie Moser.  Register now to get your choice of of workshops.  The popular ones fill up fast.  For more information contact the Office of Evangelization at


The 36th Northern Congress Registration Brochures went to the printer today!  It will also be on the OEC web page shortly!  I’ll keep you posted!  Register early to get the workshops you want.