2018 Theme, Presenter & Topic

Come grow in knowledge and confidence with other area Catechists at the 13th Annual Graced by God Conference.


“What? The Bible Says That?  Get the Story Behind the Story!”

“Using Scripture in Catechesis”

Harvard scholar Steven Pinker, in his popular book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” includes a six-page accusation about the violence in the Hebrew Scriptures.  This is a common thread evident in a current trend of atheism as well.  As Catholic Catechists (religious educators), we must not only be careful with our own use of Scripture in catechesis, but also actively promote a Catholic understanding of the Bible so our students are adequately prepared for the challenges (and threat to faith) posed by this trend and by literalists / fundamentalists alike.

This presentation will give catechists some tools for helping their students (of any age) appreciate the Bible as “The Word of God… in human language.” (Vatican II)


Kevin Dowd


Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College, working under the advisement of Thomas H. Groome.  He is the third of eight sons from Worcester, Mass. and has taught in Catholic schools in both Massachusetts and New York, as well as teaching many levels of parish religious education.

After graduating from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts degree in history, Kevin volunteered for two years with the Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries center in Garrison, New York.  He earned hi s masters in education from the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College in 2008.  His research interests include religion and public education, inter-religious dialogue, and bullying in the schools.