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How to Form Families with Learning Centers

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How to Form Families with Learning Centers

by Paul Canavese • 9 pages • Downloadable, reproducible eResource

Family catechesis is of great assistance as an effective method in training young parents to be aware of their mission as evangelizers of their own family.

—Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, #287


Do you want to get started with Whole Family Catechesis? Have you ever wondered what a learning center is?

This friendly guide explains all the basics, including:


  • Why Whole Family Catechesis
  • Why Learning Centers
  • Key Principles
  • Calendaring Your Learning Centers
  • Selecting Your Resources
  • Example Resources
  • Preparing Your Event


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Format: eResource
Product code: PC161
Length: 10 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Paul Canavese


Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (, author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs (focused on coaching parents) and ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.

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