If you attended Franciscan University and majored in Catechetics, then you remember the name Barbara Morgan echoing as reverent whispers throughout the halls and classrooms. In short, Barbara Morgan helped establish the Catechetics program at Franciscan University under the direction of Msgr. Eugene Kevane. (Who is also a catechetics powerhouse. He founded the Notre Dame Institute for Catechetics and was a powerful mover during the catechetical renewal of the JPII era.) Most of the current catechetics professors at FUS studied under Barbara Morgan. She no longer teaches at FUS, but currently is the DRE at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Yes, that Christ the King.)
She is a brilliant master catechist. She's lived the vocation of the catechist for decades, has trained catechists on the college level, and has helped shape the direction of the catechetical renewal we are still experiencing in the Church.
And currently, you can listen to her Catechist Formation series on the Christ the King Podcast feed. You can sit at the feet of the master and get trained by her yourself.
Think about it. Maybe you attended FUS and studied catechetics, or maybe you didn't and wish you did. Maybe you're a parent who wants to know how to keep your kids Catholic and pass the faith on to them. You can get some training straight from the Founderess of the Catechetics Department of Franciscan University. Which I might add is a world-renowned catechetics program. These lectures synthesize catechetical methods down to the most essentials and deliver it to an audience of volunteer catechists. How would Barbara Morgan herself take someone from zero to hero in 10 sessions?
These lectures are so good, I've listened to all of them more than 10 times each. I'm resisting hyperbole and over-hyping these lectures, but they are outstanding.
Here is Christ the King's Podcast Feed.
Here is Christ the King's Podcast category called "Catechist Formation". There are a lot of other lectures and guest lectures from Barbara Morgan's continual formation of the volunteer catechists. There are other series as well with Barbara Morgan walking through all of doctrine (Yes, you heard that right.) Good stuff in here.
Barbara Morgan: Catechist Training Methodology
How to Listen
Option One (The Best)
When you click the link, you will see the episode title, a description, and then a small link that looks something like this:
At the bottom is the "direct download" link.
Right click the direct download link (while on a computer) and click "download linked file as..."
Save the file to your desktop and then you can listen to it from your computer, or download it to your phone (iTunes) and listen to it from your phone. Now you have Barbara Morgan forever.
Second Option (not recommended)
Click the direct download link and listen to the audio from your browser, without the ability to scan through the audio. Or you can lookup the Christ the King podcast stream in your phone's podcast app, and then search for Barbara Morgan's lectures spread throughout the entire stream of episodes. I've done this for months until I finally just went and downloaded all of Barbara's talks and loaded them into iTunes.