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“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
Listen to Jared’s interview on NCCL’s Catechetical Leader Podcast Episode 002.
About the Author and Editor
Jared C. Dees is the Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press. He develops high school religion textbooks and other catechetical materials for teens and teachers in Catholic schools and youth groups. Jared has taught religion at both the middle school and high school level, led and directed numerous retreats for students, and continues to volunteer as a catechist at his parish. He founded The Religion Teacher blog to help meet the needs of elementary, middle school, and high school religion teachers and catechists who deserve high-quality, practical catechetical resources.
Jared studied history and religion at Miami University (OH) and then went on to earn his Master’s in Education from the University of Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. He is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology at Notre Dame. Jared, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter live in South Bend, Indiana.
*The content expressed in The Religion Teacher blog is the responsibility of Jared Dees and does not necessarily represent the views of Ave Maria Press, the Alliance for Catholic Education, the University of Notre Dame, or any other entity of the Roman Catholic Church.