This Summer at The Religion Teacher

I don’t share personal updates at The Religion Teacher very often, but there is a lot going on right now and I want to explain why you’ve seen so few new resources, activities, lesson plans, and videos.

For almost a year and a half now I’ve been waking up at 5:00am to get work done. Most of the time is spent creating resources for religion teachers and catechists to use in their classroom. Up to this point, most of this work finds its way directly on The Religion Teacher in some form, but lately I’ve been working on some other projects.

And I’m excited to share the good news. . .

In mid-2013 my first book will be published by Ave Maria Press titled 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator!

I won’t go into the details about the book just yet, but the title may speak for itself. If everything stays on time, you may be able to pick it up by the end of the 2012-2013 school year, but you can plan on a big push from me in the Summer and Fall of 2013.

I’m so excited about this book and I can’t wait to share it with you along with some new supportive resources here on this website. For now, I have a lot of writing ahead of me to meet my deadline in August. It is exciting, but daunting at the same time.

I also just finished working on another booklet that will be published by Liturgical Training Press for the 2013-2014 school year. It is a weekly prayer book for Catholic School teachers (like this one). But more on that later as well.

Writing a Book for 2013

Adding More Letters After My Name

I’m also excited (and stressed!) about finishing a Masters in Theology program at the University of Notre Dame this summer. After five years of work, I’ll be taking my comprehensive exams in July.

Needless to say, I am going to have a very, very busy June, July, and August ahead of me and I’m sorry to say that The Religion Teacher is going to suffer a little bit because of this.

I hope I will have time to add more resources. I have so many ideas in the works, especially for the upcoming Year of Faith (though Joe and Jonathan are already posting some excellent resources!), but most of it will have to be on hold until after the exams and after the book is completed. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy your summers.

And If that Wasn’t Enough. . .

. . . our third child will be arriving at the end of August!

Yep, it seems like just yesterday that our family grew to four. We’ll be five-strong by September and switching to zone defense (2 parents vs. 3 kids). We are excited about the new arrival and anxiously await meeting him (or her).

Thanks to you all for the support over these last few years on The Religion Teacher. It continues to be a great adventure.

I apologize if I am slow to respond to emails in the next couple of months, but don’t be afraid to reach and and send me questions or comments.

God’s blessings on your ministries!


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About Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of The Religion Teacher. He is the Content Marketing Manager at Ave Maria Press and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, and Praying the Angelus.


  1. Congrats on your books, degree, and new addition to your family! :)

  2. Congrats on all your great news, Jared! May God bless you and your family.


  3. Congratulations all around, Jared! I’m very excited to read the book — can’t wait!

    (And you’re ahead of me — I only had two children when I finished my master’s degree!)

  4. Cecelia Sabol says:

    I am so proud of you!!
    Love, Mom

  5. Wow Jared! You really will be busy this summer! In the Navy we always used to say you eat the elephant one bite at a time. So, take a deep breath and start chewing!

    Congrats on the book. Can’t wait to read it. You’re doing great things!

  6. Congratulations Jared! You sure are busy with the book, degree and most importantly getting ready for a new addition – Baby #3! May Christ bless you in all your doing this summer. Looking forward to your booking coming out in 2013!

  7. Estelle Britner says:

    Wow — so many blessings! Enjoy all your gifts fromGod!

  8. Thank you everyone for all the kind words! You’ve all had a big part in all that I’ve accomplished and dream to do.

  9. Congratulations, Jared, about your soon to be third child. I also look forward to reading your book.


  10. Terrific news all around! Congratulations!

  11. Jared and Jen,
    Congrats on the new little one who will arrive in August! Also, a big hurrah to you for your Masters and the book! ! How exciting. We miss you at SJS, but many blessings for this additional “chapter” of the Dees family. We will make sure to get your book. Can’t wait!!
    Take care,

    • Thanks Mary, great to hear from you! I owe a lot to Saint John’s! We miss you and Pensacola too.

      “Who’s the best? SJS!”

  12. Kathy Brasseur says:

    Congratulations on your Master’s degree. And thank you for all you do for all of us religion teachers. God’s blessings.