• Practical Apologetics

    Equipping You for Tough Conversations

Equipping You for Tough Conversations

“There are three pressing needs today in articulating our faith, especially to millennials and young people…We have to hit these questions head-on.” – Bishop Michael Burbidge


Join fellow Catholics—including parents, volunteer catechists, young adults and teens—for an intensive workshop devoted to equipping you in your ability to articulate Church teaching on the top three questions cited by millennials and Generation Z youth for leaving the Church: 


  • Because science is truth, isn’t faith a myth?  
  • Isn’t all truth relative?
  • If there is a God, why would he allow evil and suffering?


Through brief presentations, Q&A, and discussion, you will receive a succinct overview of the key arguments, resources, and responses. This workshop will boost your confidence and prepare you to naturally share your Catholic faith in any setting. This event is open to all, and no RSVP is needed. All participants will receive a packet which includes key suggested resources. Water and a limited array of beverages will be provided.


Are you interested in hosting this workshop at your parish or do you have any questions? Contact Soren Johnson, Director of Evangelization, at soren.johnson@arlingtondiocese.org or 703-841-2533.


See coverage of Equipping Catholics for Tough Conversations by the Arlington Catholic Herald.



Testimonials from Participants 


  • “An excellent program"
  • "Very topical, very relevant, very needed." 
  • “The talks were wonderful and I appreciate the resources to go deeper.”
  • “I enjoyed the talks, and it definitely inspired me to delve more deeply into apologetics.”
  • "This is a great thing that the diocese is doing. Until now, I never knew what apologetics was all about." 
  • "The talks and discussions were fantastic. Thank you for answering questions and engaging with our concerns." 
  • "What I really enjoyed was learning how to defend my faith by logic and natural law." 
  • "Excellent presentations on deep, challenging topics." 


Scheduled Workshops  

As further workshops are scheduled, they will be posted here.  



Previous Workshops 

Thursday, March 14, 2019 

7-9 p.m.

St. Philip, Falls Church, Hayden Hall

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7-9 p.m.

All Saints, Manassas 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

7-9 p.m. 

St. James, Falls Church 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

4-6 p.m, 7-9 p.m. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Winchester 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

7-9 p.m.

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Fredericksburg