Fourth Annual


October 18, 2019

John Carroll University

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Teaching Church Teaching

How are we to present Catholic doctrine and moral principles in ways that are compelling and credible? What do we do when students disagree? What do we do when we have our own doubts? Join one of the world’s foremost experts on the magisterium to reflect together on the challenges and blessings of Teaching Church Teaching.

Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Chair of the Theology Department at Boston College. He has authored several books, including By What Authority? Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church.

Break-out Sessions


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Christian Sexuality

Dr. Marcus Mescher (Xavier University) will explore ways to engage Church teaching on sexuality through student reflection on their own deep desires for belonging, identity, and intimacy.

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Science and Revelation

Creation. Miracles. Divine Providence. How do we talk about the truth of Sacred Scripture when so much of it contradicts what science says? Dr. Beth Rath (Borromeo Seminary) will lay out several models for explaining the relationship between faith and science.

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Teaching Tips

How do you teach critical thinking? What can you do to foster a student’s prayer life? How do you include non-Catholic students in your classroom? What about discipline? A panel of experienced high school teachers will get the conversation started.

Workshop Schedule


 8:00 - 8:30 am     Mass in St. Francis Chapel

 8:30 - 9:00 am     Gathering (coffee and pastry)

 9:00 -10:30 am    Opening Keynote: Teaching Church Teaching

10:45 -12:00 am    Break-Out Session 1 (Christian Sexuality, Science & Revelation, Teaching Tips)

 12:00 - 1:30 pm    Lunch and Discussion

  1:30 -  2:45 pm     Break-Out Session 2 (Christian Sexuality, Science & Revelation, Teaching Tips)

  2:45 - 3:30 pm    Social (beer and wine reception)