In the Name of the Lord

A Reflection by Joe Paprocki, D Min

Growing up as the seventh of nine children and the child of a father who owned a prominent business in the community, Paprocki Pharmacy, I had a name to live up to. My siblings had set the bar high as far as their achievements in school, and so I was reminded, on more than one occasion by teachers, that my less-than-stellar performance or behavior was not what they expected from a Paprocki! As I matured, I learned that my family name was something to be proud of, and I have always taken strides to bring honor to that name.

In Baptism, each of us takes on the name of Jesus Christ: we become Christian and, throughout our lives, we are called to live every moment of every day “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This means living up to a name that stands for compassion, mercy, selfless love, forgiveness, and so many other virtues that Jesus modeled for us during his earthly ministry. During this Holy Week, may we commit ourselves to living “in the name of the Lord.”


 Joe Paprocki, D Min

Joe Paprocki, D Min

Joseph Paprocki, D.Min., is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com.

Joe Paprocki, D.Min., es el Consultor Nacional para la Formación de la Fe en la empresa Loyola Press. Además de sus responsabilidades de viajar y dar talleres, trabaja en el equipo de desarrollo para los recursos curriculares de formación de la fe incluyendo Encontrando a Dios: Nuestra respuesta a los dones de Dios y Don de Dios: Reconciliación y Eucaristía. Joe tiene más de 35 años de experiencia en ministerio y ha ofrecido talleres y presentaciones en más de 100 diócesis en Norte América. Joe es presentador frecuente en varias conferencias nacionales incluyendo el Congreso de Educación Religiosa de Los Ángeles, el Congreso del Atlántico Medio, y la Conferencia Nacional para el Liderazgo Catequético. Es autor de numerosos libros, incluyendo el libro de superventas La caja de herramientas del catequista, La experiencia transformadora de encontrarse con Cristo, y Llamados a ser católicos—un programa complementario, bilingüe, y fundacional que ayuda a los jóvenes a conocer su fe y desarrollar su relación con Dios. Joe escribe acerca de sus experiencias en la formación de fe en su blog catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com.

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