Catechist 101: Wade, Don't Dive (Essential Catechist's Bookshelf)

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Reading this book is like journeying with a wise and trusted friend who offers the perfect combination of sage advice and support. Eipers brings her considerable storytelling gifts, years of catechetical experience, and clear common sense to this honest and reassuring work. More than a how-to guide (although the classroom tips are brilliant), more than a journal or memoir (although Eipers accounts of her teaching experiences will have catechists smiling and nodding their heads), this empowering book can help both new and seasoned catechists discover what they can do as catechists, and more importantly, who they can be: living examples of God s love for everyone.

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Dr. Carole Eipers is one of the key developers of the We Believe catechetical program (William H. Sadlier) and has served in catechetical ministry at parish, diocesan, and national levels for more than 20 years.

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This book is a must have for catechist formation. It is wise, practical and delightful to read. Dr Eiper's experience in Catechetics and her lively faith shine in this recent work. Catherine Miles- Flynn Director, Office of Christian Formation Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia "This book walks the beginning and proficient catechist through all the stages of becoming a true minister of the Word. The images, the stories and Carole's personal experiences, woven in a practical, down-to-earth language, make it very easy to understand the key charactePristics of an effective catechist. This is a book to be read at the beginning of every catechetical year as it provides inspiration, enthusiasm and valuable ideas to enhance our teaching. Our students deserve it." Can't wait to have my own copy. Blessings! Sister Rosa Monique Pena, OP Bilingual Catechetical Consultant William H Sadlier Inc. This is absolutely marvelous ... and so, so needed today! “Realistic yet filled with the ideal, light-hearted but profound, creative as well as do-able, Catechist 101: Wade Don’t Dive is rooted in deep reverence for the call of each catechist and Insightful respect for every learner. This book will soon be every catechist’s water wings, life-jacket, and anchor. Especially helpful are the reflections/actions for both the beginning catechist and the seasoned catechist: a recognition of each person’s varying needs; in our diversity is our unity.” Janet Schaeffler, OP Author, Retreat and Catechetical Presenter St. Clair Shores, MI Carole writes from the heart of a catechist directly to the heart of the catechist. She teaches us that the essence of our call is to know and to share that Jesus loves us and our students dearly. Her style is very conversational while professing deep truths and responsibilities about how we are called to serve in the catechetical ministry. From her own practical experiences, Carole fills the text with great ideas we can immediately incorporate into our sessions, whether we are just learning to swim or have already learned to dive deeply. More importantly she emphasizes how important it is to follow the Catechists Teachers’ manual, which guides the systematic catechesis for all our students. She also notes that “The difference with a religion class, as opposed to other classes they may have in school, is that this subject is supposed to be lived.” Catechists must be disciples to make disciples. I highly recommend that catechists from parishes read and share this book together; building community it would also build their resources, gifts and talents. As she tells us in her book, “You have been called by God and the Church to teach the children in your class about Jesus and how to live a happy life now and forever. It is so worthwhile. It will take some time, but, with grace, you can stay afloat.” Mary Jo Waggoner, Director Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry Diocese of San Diego From scripture quotes to Church Documents to famous quips and quotes as well as personal stories, Carole Eipers in Catechist 101 captures the essence of answering the call to be a catechist today. The reflection/action items following each section are both practical and challenging for both new and veteran catechists alike. As a Master Catechist, Carole Eipers has provided a great resource that every catechist young and old would benefit from by reading and re-reading. Dan McGowan Director of Faith Formation Resurrection Catholic Church and School Lakeland, FL If you have ever had the privilege of hearing Carole Eipers speak, you will, no doubt, read this book with an image of Carole decked out in a life preserver and wearing a swim instructors cap and jersey as she provides both practical advice and inspiring illustrations to assist catechists to swim with confidence in catechetical waters. I would invite both new and veteran catechists to lift the cover and dive into Catechist 101: Wade Don't Dive ! Thomas P. Walters, PhD Emeritus Professor of Religious Education Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology "As a former parish catechetical leader, my first thought on the book was, "Where was this book when I started? It certainly would have helped my skills and self-confidence!" My reflection changed as I delved further to, "How will I teach in the future without it?" Carole's book has something for everyone wading in the water of catechetical ministry - the seasoned PCL who needs some renewal and encouragement, the new catechist who has no idea what they said, "Yes" to, and all of us who need a reminder of the how and why we engage in this great calling to serve." Diane Blair, MAPS Loyola Institute for Ministry Admissions and Student Services Loyola University New Orleans "Through a light-hearted sharing of personal experiences followed by insightful spiritual reflection, Dr. Carole Eipers inspires both the new catechist who dares to 'dip in a toe' as well as the seasoned catechist who seeks to 'dive deeper.' Catechist 101: Wade Don't Dive is filled with a variety of practical suggestions and the hope-filled encouragement needed to empower every catechist. This book should grace the libraries of all who are called to the waters of catechetical ministry." Marge Garbacz Pastoral Associate/Director of Religious Education St. Symphorosa Parish, Chicago, IL Catechists 101: Wade Don't Dive feels friendly like sitting over a cup of coffee with a mentor. The metaphor of swimming makes catechesis accessible helping the reader realize they don't have to just dive in. The book is personal and Carole's personality and wisdom come through as she address the fears and questions of both new and experienced catechists in an affirming and gentle way. She makes catechesis "doable". I will encourage catechists in our diocese to read this book as a way to grow in their ministry. Don Kurre Director of Religious Education Diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska

The book Catechist 101: Wade Don’t Dive is advice from an experienced expert in the field of catechesis. Carole Eipers weaves storytelling with practical tools to help new and seasoned catechists critically reflect about the great job they are doing carrying out their baptismal call to share the “joy of the Gospel” of Jesus Christ with all. This book is recommendable for introduction to catechesis courses, in-services and why not retreats for catechists? José M. Amaya Director of Faith Formation Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA "We've needed a book like this for our parish catechists for a long time. It's easy to identify with and easy to read. Every catechist will find Catechist 101: Wade Don't Dive a valuable tool for their catechetical ministry. The author offers very practical advice that can be implemented in the classroom by any catechist. It's like having your very own personal coach or mentor." Fr. Ron Lewinski President, Frassati Catholic Academy Wauconda, Illinois "Carole Eipers has given catechists a great Christmas Gift. Her new book "Catechist 101: Wade Don't Dive is superb! She manages to give the new and seasoned catechist much to think about in terms of theory, methodology and personal spirituality. Her ideas and suggestions are as clear, fresh and sparkling as the waters of the beaches she speaks of in her book. This book should be requirement for anyone preparing to be a catechist in a Diocesan Training Program as well as for the seasoned catechist." Father Michael Carrano Pastor Our Lady of Hope Parish Middle Village, Queens New York She's done it again! Carole Eipers, one of the nation's leading "faith storytellers," offers here an accessible and common sense resource that new and seasoned catechists cannot afford to be without.Informed by firmly rooted foundations and decades of catechetical experience, Eipers gently "holds the hand" of the reader as they wade together into the flow of catechetical ministry. Abundant images of water surround and give birth to practical ways of giving new life to the "what" of catechesis and the "how" of being a catechist. Buoyed by the author'senergetic, caring, and spiritually uplifting style, no catechist should feel alone after reading and using this book. A gem for the enthusiastic or disillusioned or experienced or brand new catechist! Gerard F. Baumbach Emeritus Professor, Institute for Church Life Director Emeritus of the Echo Program University of Notre Dame Dr. Eipers uses a gentle approach, filled with stories and analogies to share her experience and wisdom about being a catechist. The book is grounded in theology and has many practical suggestions for everyday use. I would highly recommend it for all catechists and Catholic school teachers. Robert Praznik Superintendent Archdiocese of Winnipeg Catholic Schools

Catechist 101: Wade Don't Dive is a book that reminds veteran catechists why we do what we do and encourages new catechists to join us in the water! Carole's analogies are right on target and speak to the heart and soul of catechetical ministry. I am going to give it to my current catechists and to those I am hoping will join our program as catechists! Terry Navarro Pastoral Assoc./Dir. of Religious Ed St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish Chicago, IL "Catechist 101: Wade Don't Dive is a fine example of accessible, evangelizing catechist formation that draws on a person’s life to magnify how Jesus Christ is present and the Holy Spirit is at work whenever someone respond “yes” to God’s call to be a catechist. Carole has artfully woven practical advice for catechists with her own witness of faith. Both new and experienced catechists can benefit from the invitations to reflect on who they are for learners as well as how they proclaim the Good News with authenticity and care." Lori Dahlhoff, EdD Executive Director, NCEA Religious Education Department Catechist 101: Wade Don't Dive: Giving New and Seasoned Catechists Confidence not only invites both beginning and seasoned catechists to put their toes into the water, but invites all of us to go out into the deep, the deep waters at the heart of our discipleship and offer witness to the God of our faith. Carole Eipers gives us the confidence and skill to share that God with those who come to us in trust and love. Enjoy the water! Father Terry Johnson Pastor St. Irenaeus Parish Park Forest Illinois

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