LI Webinars - Prayer: The Faith Prayed

Category: Prayer: The Faith Prayed

A series of webinars focused on “Prayer”. Click on the "Webinar" link to view each webinar video. For more webinars on other topics, click on a category link in the right column. 

Additional Resources

  • Webinars: Walk through the Leadership Institute webinars on Prayer: The Faith Prayed.
  • Vignettes: Watch brief videos on the theme Prayer: The Faith Prayed.
  • Catechetical Sunday 2016 will be on Prayer:The Faith Prayed. Check our annual Catechetical Sunday section for artwork and materials.
  • Lesson plans and an optional plan for a retreat.


What is Prayer? Seeds and Flowering

This session will touch on basic ideas of prayer, and explore the seeds of prayer as they are given to us in the revelation of the Jewish people. From Abraham to Moses, from Prophets to Psalms, participants will be able to explore seminal events and forms of prayer that continue to influence our lives today. Exploring the roots of prayer and faith will help to deepen spiritual life, and the experience of prayer, for believers today.

Part 1: Prayer in General
Part 2: Abraham and Moses: Models of Prayer
Part 3: Prophets, and Psalms: Growth in Faith and Prayer

| Webinar © 2015 Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP


desiano-fr-frankFr. Frank DeSiano was ordained a Paulist Priest in 1972. He has served as pastor in downtown New York and Chicago. He was a consultant to the US Bishops' Committee on Evangelization for over a dozen years. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Boston University in 1990 and has been a leader in Catholic evangelization since 1988. Widely traveled, Fr. DeSiano presents to Catholic clergy, to catechists, and to church leaders. He has written over a dozen books and writes for various Catholic magazines. He is present President of Paulist Evangelization Minisitries in Washington, DC.

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Five Basic Forms of Prayer

In this webinar, Stephen Binz will discuss Christian prayer in all its variety. He will describe how different forms of prayer arise from a relationship with God and the variety of ways of praying from the Scriptures. He will also discuss prayer postures and gestures as a way of teaching prayer to others.

Part 1: Our Natural Longing to Reach out to God
Part 2: Forms of Prayer
Part 3: Prayer Expressed in Thought, Word, and Gesture

Videos: Adult Catechism: Prayer | Adoration | Lectio Divina | The Jesus Prayer

Additional Resources: Eucharistic Devotion | Types of Prayer | Intercessory Prayer | Liturgy of the Hours

| Webinar © 2016, Stephen J. Binz


Stephen Binz is a Leadership Institute presenter. Stephen J. Binz is a biblical scholar, award-winning author of over 40 books, and popular speaker, offering keynotes, seminars, and workshops at national and regional conferences and churches. Following graduate degrees at the Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for three decades and has offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages.His work is focused on biblical theology, Christian spirituality, and psycho-social issues of personal development. His books have earned top publishing awards from the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Catholic Press Association. He lives with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Teaching Prayer to Persons with Disabilities

 In this webinar, Sr. Kathleen Schipani will discuss the theological, pastoral and practical perspectives of praying with children and youth with disabilities. Father William Gillum will present on a way of praying with persons with profound disabilities. He will demonstrate a symbolic catechesis which awakens an intuitive awareness of God and leads to prayer.  

Part 1: Praying with Children with Disabilities by Sr. Kathleen Schipani, IHM

Part 2: Awakening Spiritual Dimensions by Fr. William Gillum, OFM Cap

Part 3: Q&A with Dr. Michael Steier

Pre-Test | Post Test | Answer Key

Discussion Questions

Video 1: Teaching Children How to Pray in American Sign Language

Video 2: Teaching the Our Father in American Sign Language

| Webinar © 2016 Sr. Kathleen Schipani, IHM & Fr. William Gillum OFM Cap



Sister Kathleen Schipani, who is a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, has an M. ED. in Special Education from the College of New Jersey, a certificate in American Sign Language Studies from Gallaudet University and a B.A. in both Theology and English from Immaculata University.   She has 38 years of teaching experience with children and adults of all abilities.  For the past 28 years she has been a catechist for children and adults who are Deaf.   Presently, Sister Kathleen is the Director of the Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Sister Kathleen is the chair of the board of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.  She has recently co-authored a DVD Curriculum and Teacher Guide entitled Confirmation: Strengthened in Faith, a curriculum for individuals who are deaf.

webinarFr. Bill Gillum, Capuchin friar, professed vows in 1968, ordained in 1976, M. Div. in theology from Washington Theological Union and M. Ed. in special education from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. Ministry experience; Diocese of Cleveland, Philadelphia, and 12 years at McGuire Memorial in New Brighton, PA – residential, school, and adult services for persons with severe and profound disabilities. Presently the Treasurer and on the Formation Staff for student friars preparing for Capuchin life at Capuchin College in Washington, DC.

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Sources and Manner of Praying

Sources and Manners of Prayer is a webinar that invites participants to examine how prayer is grounded in the depths of our experience as we enter in relationship with God, others, and the world. The webinar explores several sources of prayer life that call for an engagement of the richness Christian tradition in all its splendor. It also invites participants to reflect on various manners of prayer that can help us grow in our spiritual life, individually and communally.

Part 1: Sources of Prayer
Part 2: Prayer Leads to Communion
Part 3: Manners of Prayer

Videos: The Way of the Cross

Additional Resource: Liturgical Year

| Webinar © 2015, Dr. Hosffman Ospino


Leadership Institute - Dr Hosffman OspinoHosffman Ospino, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston's College's School of Theology and Ministry where he is also the Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry.  His research and writings explore how the conversation between faith and culture shapes Catholic educational and ministerial dynamics. Dr. Ospino was the principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry (2011-2014), whose main report was published as Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). He also led (with Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill) the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families (2015). He has edited and authored several books on religious education, evangelization, and Hispanic ministry, including Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (2010), Evangelización y catequesis en el ministerio hispano, and the upcoming Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters (2016). He is currently working on two books on culturally diverse parishes. Dr. Ospino currently serves as an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). He serves on the Core Team planning the Fifth National Encuentro for Hispanic/Latino Ministry.

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Prayer in Communion with Mary

Continue delving into the prayer course on the fourth pillar of the Catechism by joining Sr. Jean Frisk as she discusses Prayer in Communion with Mary. How did it come about that the early Church drew Mary so deeply into its prayer life? Where did the text of the Hail Mary come from? Sr. Jean answer these and many other important questions on Marian prayer in this presentation.

Part 1: The Historical Development of Prayer to Mary and the Saints
Part 2: The Hail Mary Prayer - Scripture and Devotion
Part 3: The Angelus, Rosary, and Examples of Apparitions of Mary with the Rosary

Discussion Questions

Resources for Children: Pre- and Post Tests | Introducing Children to the Holy Family and the Hail Mary

Videos: The Annunciation  |  The Visitation

Additional Resources: Litany to Mary, Mother of Life | The Angelus Prayer with Personal Reflections

Marian Apparitions: Catholic News Service | Rules for Apparitions | Green Bay Apparition

| Webinar © 2016 Sr. Jean Frisk


Sister Jean FriskM. Jean Frisk is a member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. She has rich teaching experience on all levels and has worked with a variety of catechetical programs, including family formation.  She spent twelve years in Germany with a focus on Marian devotion and pilgrimage. During that time she provided catechetical training, pilgrimages, and retreats for NATO military personnel and their families. Upon return to the US, she obtained a Masters (MA) and a Licentiate (STL) in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute (where she now resides and works) in Dayton, Ohio. For her Licentiate she studied nearly 2000 textbooks to research: What Did We Teach about Mary?. She has authored award-winning devotional works and is a catechetical consultant for Marian content in William H. Sadlier, Inc. textbooks.

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Prayer and Penance

 From the Fall of humanity in the garden of Eden to the present day, the bible (Old and New Testament) and Church teaching/practice has seen a need for penitential acts, coupled with prayer, as an essential aspect of coming to live the redemption that the Lord effects and calls us to.  This webinar will explain the biblical background, magisterial teaching, and traditional practices of Penance within the context of Prayer—an essential part of our Tradition often overlooked in affluent western societies.

Part 1: The Biblical Background
Part 2: Some Magisterial Teaching
Part 3: Examples in the Tradition

Discussion Questions | Pre-Test | Post Test | Answer Key

Additional Resources: Reflection on Fasting | Pledge to Fast | Almsgiving | Forgiveness | Penance

| Webinar © 2016 Fr. Daniel Merz. Used with permission


Fr. Daniel MerzFr. Daniel Merz was ordained a priest of the Jefferson City Diocese in 1998.  He taught for ten years at Conception Seminary College, serving as professor, formator, Dean of Students and Vice-Rector, during which time he completed a doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy in Rome.  From 2011-2014, he was the Associate Director for the US Bishops Secretariat of Divine Worship in Washington, DC.  Currently, he serves as Pastor of two parishes in his Diocese.

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Praying the Lord's Prayer

This presentation invites the participants to embark on an interior pilgrimage to prayerfully ponder the "most perfect of all prayers" against the backdrop of evangelization. Drawing upon Scripture and tradition, it considers the reflections and prayers of numerous saints, recent Popes, and various theologians and prominent Catholic figures. Through this webinar, listeners will embark on a pilgrimage to learn, love, and live the Lord's Prayer; explore the Lord's Prayer as nourishment for evangelization; and come to understand the life giving power of the Lord's Prayer.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part3 | © 2013 Dianne Traflet. Used with permission


traflet-dianne-drDr. Dianne Marie Traflet

Dianne Marie Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST) at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.  The founder and co-director of the Seminary's Institute for Christian Spirituality, Dr. Traflet received her BA from Montclair State University and her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. She practiced law for four years while earning her MA in Catholic Theology and Pastoral Ministry from the Institute for Advanced Studies of Catholic Doctrine at St. John's University in New York.  She then studied at St. Thomas Aquinas University (the Angelicum), Rome, where she earned a licentiate and a doctorate in Sacred Theology, focusing on the life and work of St. Edith Stein.

Dr. Traflet has given numerous presentations, retreats, and days of recollection here in the United States, as well as England, Ireland, Canada and Italy, emphasizing the spirituality of Edith Stein, as well as related topics in spiritual theology.  She is the author of Edith Stein:  A Spiritual Portrait, published by Pauline Media in 2008.

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Leading Others in Prayer

 Continue delving into the prayer course on the fourth pillar of the Catechism by joining Dr. Susan Timoney as she discusses how to lead others in prayer.

Part 1: Leading Others in Prayer
Part 2: Pray Like a Catholic
Part 3: The Art of Praying Catholic

Discussion Questions | Pre-Test | Post Test | Answer Key

Additional Resources: Worshiping Assembly at Mass | Devotional Prayer

| Webinar © 2016 Dr. Susan Timoney



Susan Timoney is the presenter for a 2016 USCCB Leadership Institute workshop. Photo/Susan TimoneyDr. Susan Timoney is the Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington. Susan oversees the evangelization initiatives of the archdioceses the offices that give direct support to pastors and parish ministry. Susan earned her doctoral degree at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.  Susan is a regular contributor to the USCCB daily video reflections and served as one of the co-hosts for online coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the United States.

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La Oración Católica

 Este seminario web es uno de los ocho seminarios web, en inglés y español, programados para grabarse durante 2016 (dos mil dieciséis). Cada seminario web se ofrece como parte de una serie sobre la oración católica titulada "La oración: La fe orada". Se basa en la Parte IV (cuatro) del Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, y los capítulos 35 y 36 (treinta cinco y treinta seis) del Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos.

María G. Covarrubias presenta el primero de 3 (tres) segmentos sobre el tema de "La Oración Católica": "¿Qué es la oración?", "Jesus nos enseña  a orar," y "La oracion como una disciplina espiritual y formativa."

Parte 1 - ¿Qué es la oración?

Parte 2 - Jesus nos enseña  a orar 

Parte 3 - La oracion como una disciplina espiritual y formativa

| Webinar © 2016 María G. Covarrubias


© 2016 Maria CovarrubiasMaría G. Covarrubias es directora del Ministerio para la Catequesis en la Diócesis de San Bernardino.  Tiene una experiencia de 24 años en el área de la Catequesis.  Es autora de la Iniciativa Diocesana para el matrimonio y la familia en su diócesis. Ha sido conferencista a nivel local, regional y nacional sobre la catequesis, la familia y el matrimonio.  Fue presidenta de la Federación Nacional para la Catequesis con Hispanos. Tiene una Maestría en Estudios Religiosos de la Universidad de Mount St. Mary's.  

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Las Cinco Formas Básicas de la Oración

El Espíritu Santo nos ayuda a ser una Iglesia orante.  En este webinario, se exploran las cinco formas de la oración cristiana: oración de la bendición y la adoración, la oración de petición, la oración de intercesión, la oración de acción de gracias, y la oración de alabanza.       


Parte 1 | Parte 2 | Parte 3

Preguntas para Discusión

| Webinar © 2015 Dr. Janet Diaz


 Dr. Janet Diaz is the Dean at the Institute for Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.Janet Diaz es la Decana del Instituto de Ministerio Pastoral de Sacred Heart Major Seminary en Detroit, dirigiendo la formación de estudiantes laicos con diferentes origines culturales. Tiene una  maestría del seminario en Estudios Pastorales y un Doctorado en Ministerio de Barry University.   Antes de trabajar en el seminario, la Doctora Diaz se desempeñó en diferentes roles como ministro laico, con énfasis en el ministerio con hispanos.

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Como Orar con Niños y Jóvenes con Discapacidades

 Esther Garcia discutirá las perspectivas teológicas, pastorales y prácticas de la oración con niños y jóvenes con discapacidades de moderadas a severas.  Demostrará una catequesis simbólica que despierta una conciencia intuitiva de Dios y que conduce a la oración y al encuentro con Él.

Parte 1: Cómo Orar con Niños y Jóvenes con Discapacidades

Parte 2: Catequesis Simbólica: Usando los Sentidos

Parte 3: Pasando  nuestra Fe y Tradiciones Religiosas a Nuestros Hijos / Los Santos en Nuestra  vida de oración 

Quiz introductorio | Quiz final | Preguntas de discusión

| Webinar © 2016 Esther Garcia


Esther Garcia, es licenciada en Ciencias de la Comunicación. Tiene una certificación en Estudios Biblicos, formación  pastoral, Maestro Catequista y Liderazgo Catequético de la Diócesis de Dallas. Posee más de 27 años de experiencia como catequista, y voluntaria en proyectos comunitarios y eclesiales. Asimismo, ha trabajado como maestra en el Autism Treatment Center en Dallas. Se especializa en dirigir programas catequéticos para niños, jóvenes, adultos y familias, y dirige programas de educación especial, como autismo y otras discapacidades, y educación de la primera infancia en comunidades multiculturales. Esther pertenece al Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) de la Alianza Nacional Católica Sobre las Discapacidad, a la National Conference for Catechetical Leadership y a la Federación para la Catequesis con Hispanos (FCH).

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Fuentes y manera de hacer oració

 Este taller explora las fuentes centrales de la oración cristiana católica invitando a los participantes a afirmar la riqueza de la tradición y a ampliar el horizonte desde el cual oramos. También explora varias maneras convencionales de hacer oración y otras que con frecuencia pasan desapercibidas en la vida diaria del discípulo cristiano. El taller se fundamenta en la riqueza de las enseñanzas sobre la vida de oración según las Sagradas Escrituras y el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica.


Parte 1: Fuentes de la oración cristiana

Parte 2: El carácter relacional de la oración cristiana

Parte 3: Maneras de hacer oración

Quiz introductorio | quiz final


| Webinar © 2016 Hosffman Ospino, PhD


 Hosffman Ospino, PhD es profesor de teología pastoral y educación religiosa en la Universidad jHosffman Ospino, PhDesuita Boston College en donde también es director de programas de postgrado en ministerio hispano. La investigación del Dr. Ospino se enfoca en el dialogo entre fe y cultura. Ha escrito y editado varios libros sobre catequesis, ministerio hispano y espiritualidad. El Dr. Ospino frecuentemente se dirige a audiencias académicas y pastorales tanto nacional como internacionalmente. Actualmente sirve como un oficial de la Academia de Teólogos Católicos Hispanos de los Estados Unidos (ACHTUS, por sus siglas en inglés). 

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Oración en Comunión con la Virgen María

 Este seminario web es uno de los ocho seminarios web, en inglés y español, programados para grabarse durante 2016 (dos mil dieciséis). Cada seminario web se ofrece como parte de una serie sobre la oración católica titulada "La oración: La fe orada". Se basa en la Parte IV (cuatro) del Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, y los capítulos 35 y 36 (treinta cinco y treinta seis) del Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos.

La Hna. Chela Gonzalez, OP presenta el primero de 2 (does) segmentos sobre el tema de "Oración en Comunión con la Virgen María": "La Oración a María " y "La Oración de María."

Parte 1 | Parte 2

Preguntas para Discusión

| Webinar © 2015 Sr. Chela Gonzalez


Sr. Chela Gonzalez is a member of the Profession Class of 2015.La Hna. Chela Gonzalez, OP, es hermana religiosa Dominica de Grand Rapids, y tiene más de 30 años en una variedad de ministerios a nivel Diocesano y parroquial.  Ella es fluente en español e inglés.  Su experiencia de liderazgo más reciente fue en el papel de Directora diocesana de la oficina de catequesis y anteriormente como Directora Diocesana de la Oficina de Educación Religiosa para la Arquidiócesis de Santa Fe en Nuevo México desde 2002-2010.  Su experiencia ministerial incluye Directora de Formación de Diáconos para la Diócesis de Fort Worth y la Formación Catequética en la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio.  A nivel parroquial la Hna. Chela ha servido como un Administrador Pastoral, Directora de Educación Religiosa, Directora de Ministerios Juveniles, y ha enseñado en las escuelas Católicas. 

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Oración y Perdon

 Este seminario web es uno de los ocho seminarios web, en inglés y español, programados para grabarse durante 2016 (dos mil dieciséis). Cada seminario web se ofrece como parte de una serie sobre la oración católica titulada "La oración: La fe orada". Se basa en la Parte IV (cuatro) del Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, y los capítulos 35 y 36 (treinta cinco y treinta seis) del Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos.

El Padre Juan Luis Calderón presenta el primero de 3 (tres) segmentos sobre el tema de "Oración y Perdón": "El Padre, el Hijo y los hijos en el hijo"; "Comunión, arrepentimiento y perdón"; y "Un sacramento para el perdón."

Parte 1: El Padre, el Hijo y los hijos en el hijo

Parte 2: Comunión, arrepentimiento y perdón

Parte 3: Un sacramento para el perdón

Preguntas para Discusión 

Quiz | Respuestas

| Webinar © Rev. Juan Luis Calderón


 Rev. Juan Luis CalderónJuan Luis Calderón es un sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de Newark (New Jersey). Llegó a Estados Unidos desde España el año 2000 como Subdirector del Centro de Pastoral Hispana de la Arquidiócesis de Newark: el Centro Guadalupe. Su sueño de juventud fue servir a Dios en el Amazonas como misionero. Con el paso del tiempo, los estudios universitarios, dictando cursos y conferencias por varios países y muchos años aprendiendo de la experiencia de Dios de la gente, han sido fundamentales para hacer crecer su relación con Jesucristo.

Hoy, toda su alma, mente y esfuerzo se concentran en su ministerio parroquial, en desarrollar nuevos lenguajes catequéticos y promocionar herramientas que promuevan el crecimiento espiritual y la formación pastoral de la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos.

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Orar la oración del Señor

 Este seminario web es uno de los ocho seminarios web, en inglés y español, programados para grabarse durante 2016 (dos mil dieciséis). Cada seminario web se ofrece como parte de una serie sobre la oración católica titulada "La oración: La fe orada". Se basa en la Parte IV (cuatro) del Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, y los capítulos 35 y 36 (treinta cinco y treinta seis) del Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos.

El Dr. Francisco Castillo presenta el primero de 3 (tres) segmentos sobre el tema de "Orar la oración del Señor": "La oración"; "Vida de oración de Jesús"; y "Finalidad de la oración."


Parte 1: La oración

Parte 2: Vida de oración de Jesús

Parte 3: Finalidad de la oración



| Webinar © 2016 Dr. Francisco Castillo


 CastilloEl Dr. Francisco Castillo es editor principal y especialista multicultural de RCL Benziger. También es profesor adjunto de estudios religiosos en el Broward College. Trabajó durante 13 años como educador católico y campus minister. Es miembro de la Academia de Teólogos Católicos Hispanos de los Estados Unidos (ACHTUS, por sus siglas en inglés), miembro del Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia y del Festival Internacional de Cine Juan Pablo II. Sus intereses profesionales incluyen la enseñanza social católica, la estética teológica y litúrgica, la teología de la liberación, la teología latina/hispana de los Estados Unidos, religiones comparativas, la religión y el cine y la identidad cultural. Además es poeta y escritor. Su primer libro de poesía se titula Mis Primeros Poemas. Vive en el sur de la Florida con su esposa e hijo.

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