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April 16, 2012

Great People of the Bible

Bring Salvation History to Life

Parish leaders have been requesting a Catholic Bible study curriculum for middle school students, created specifically to fit their parish schedules.  Saint Mary’s Press is pleased to respond to this need with the Great People of the Bible parish curriculum.

The Great People of the Bible curriculum offers:

  • A student book that is found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a supplemental curriculum resource, and the only Bible curriculum for middle school students with this approval
  • Twenty-five, one hour sessions designed to fit a typical parish calendar
  • Catechist guide that offers easy-to-follow session outlines for the volunteer catechist
  • Flexible options for the Catechist to complete student activities in class or use as family learning assignments in the home
  • One student book that covers both the Old and New Testament and that supports the ABC’s of biblical literacy
  • Engaging student activities, now with expanded background content, based on the ever popular Student Activity Workbooks for Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics

"The Bible is filled with memorable characters and important lessons. Great People of the Bible is a simple workbook aimed at younger Christians explaining the major figures throughout the Bible, why they are well known, their role in legend, as well as accompanying activities, covering both the Old and New Testaments. Useful for both Sunday School teachers and as a gift to the curious youth, Great People of the Bible is a worthwhile selection in any case with plenty of illustrations that kids will love."
Midwest Book Review, July 2011

Lee Danesco

Lee Danesco served as the director of religious education at Saint Mary's Parish in Foxboro, Massachusetts, for 24 years, and as a pastoral associate for eight years. During that time, she worked directly with young people in faith-sharing sessions, wrote program text and resource materials, and presented more than 50 retreats as well as coordinating long- and short-term service projects for parish youth.

Lee has published articles in Catechist Magazine, Religion Teacher's Journal and Today's Parish and authored Planning a Youth Service Week (Twenty-Third Publications, 2001). She has also provided catechist enrichment programs for many area parishes. She is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received her master's degree in the art of teaching from Brown University. Lee and her husband, Michael, have three children and five grandchildren.