They could have been at the Big E or enjoying a glorious fall day in New England. Instead, more than 60 religious educators in the Diocese of Springfield gathered for an “Essential Catechist Training Program” at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Agawam on Sept. 18. The day was sponsored by the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Springfield.

Patti McManamy, victim assistance coodinator for the safe environment program for the diocese,  was one of the speakers at the event. In the picture above, she is explaining the  S.E.E.D.  (Safe Environment Every Day) program for Grades K-6. This will be implemented in religious education classes throughout the diocese.

Sister of St. Joseph Paula Robillard, director of Faith Formation for the diocese, gave presentations and training throuhgout the day. In the above photo she meets with  a team of high school instructors from Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield. They discussed how to approach their students with listening hearts and thorough preparation.

Photos and information submitted by Sister Betty Matuszek, pastoral minister at Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield.