The following paragraphs provide some introductory information about questions commonly asked by our host parishes or sponsors. We hope this information will help you reach a decision about hosting a workshop. Please contact our office at (719) 219-0056 or
with any questions you may have.
What is the format of a Called and Gifted workshop?
The Called & Gifted™ workshop normally takes place on a
Friday evening, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and
Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Two presenters cover approximately six hours of content, and there are several breaks and time for lunch.
Each participant receives a Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory and a packet of materials, which includes all the material shown on the powerpoint presentation and room for notes.
How many people can attend?
You may have as many attendees as you wish! To help you generate interest the Institute will provide promotional material and has developed a planning packet that includes posters, brochures, pulpit announcements, pastoral letters, and suggested timelines. Remember, you can always collaborate with neighboring parishes or take advantage of other workshops in your region. Strong pastoral support has proven to be the single most important factor in ensuring good attendance. There is no upper limit on the number attending.
How much will it cost?
Institute charges for a Called & Gifted™ workshop divide into three general areas:
- workshop fee
- teacher expenses
- participant materials
There are two options for the workshop fee. The Church can pay the fee, collect a free will offering, or do a combination of both. The free will offering may be used towards the fee. We will ask for a non-refundable deposit when you reserve a date.
Travel expenses and materials are separate from the workshop fee. These expenses include travel, meals, and lodging for two presenters. We gladly accept accommodations in parishioner's homes.
What about materials?
The institute will send a participant packet that will need to be printed by the church. Each participant will also need a copy of the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory (Spanish available) which will be shipped the Friday prior to the weekend of the workshop. The Institute will provide the Spiritual Gifts Inventory at the reduced rate of $6.00 per copy (normally $10.00). Please always let the office know if the shipping address is different than the location of the workshop.
Please note that the cost of materials supplied by the Institute is separate from the workshop fee.
What type of facility do we need?
We have found that, given the number of handouts, the need to take the written inventory, and the length of the workshop, participants prefer to sit at tables. The size of the facility depends entirely on the number of expected participants. It should have room for comfortable seating, and readily accommodate additional tables for registration, refreshments if you choose to offer them, and a book and materials table that we use for sale of Institute resources.
What equipment will we need?
Our presenters will need
- a digital projector
- a suitably large projection screen
- a table for the projector and the laptop the presenters bring with them
- an extension cord and power strip
We’re ready, what’s the sign-up process?
When you decide you want to host a Called & Gifted™ workshop, contact Austin Eli, our office manager at (719) 219-0056 to review the financial arrangements and schedule a date. Please take time to check your local church and community calendar for annual or other events that may unfavorably impact attendance. These would include special holidays, feast days, retreats, missions, sports events, parades, and other town celebrations.
When you have chosen your date and understand the basic financial terms we offer, you will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail to sign and return with a non-refundable deposit. This letter will secure the date you have chosen and represents your commitment to holding a workshop.
What kind of support can the Institute provide?
We have a great deal of experience working with parishes hosting Called & Gifted™ workshops. We can provide helpful suggestions for all aspects of putting on a workshop, as well as ways of avoiding common problems. You will have direct access to our office manager who will keep in touch to help ensure that the process unfolds smoothly. We always welcome your questions. Please call us anytime.
What’s next after the Called and Gifted workshop?
The Called & Gifted™ workshop is a foundational step in building a house of formation for lay apostles. The Called and Gifted was never meant to stand on its own, the workshop is designed to help individuals begin a discernment of personal vocation. At the Catherine of Siena Institute, we are committed to helping your parish or community foster this discernment process over time. We have developed the structures and training necessary for leaders to implement a complete process for discernment.
Towards this end, the Extended Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process is provided as a next step. This process, which takes place after the gifts interview, contains experimentation, and small group discussion, over a period of 6 to 8 weeks after the initial Called & Gifted™ workshop. Please contact us whether you have attended the live workshop or the small group part one so you can complete your discernment journey.
Participants in the initial workshop will have the chance to receive an hour-long personal interview based on their Inventory results by trained interviewers, for a small fee, to help them continue the process of discernment. The interview aids in identifying potential areas of giftedness and encouraging actual experimentation.
In our experience, most participants in the Called & Gifted™ workshop want to take this next step. Call (719) 219-0056 for more details on the interview process and the Extended Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process.