One Word of… explanation…

What is a Docebo?

The shortest answer is: religious educational game… However, we ask for more information. Docebo is a religious educational game which trains reflexes and perception. This is primarily a game during which you can get to know the names and the use of “items” (and people) in the Church. Its rules also allow you to learn the good trait which is honesty.

Where did the idea of this game come from?

Two things have decided for it. Once, I was visiting my sister in England. It turned out that my nephews (Philip and John) do not know many religious concepts. I thought that as Uncle-Priest I should care about their religious knowledge. I was wondering how to do it at a distance.

The second issue is related to the fact that religious knowledge of many Catholics (not only my nephews) is at a very low level. We can find out about it while watching popular in society game shows. Often, when the participants answer the elementary questions about Jesus Christ, the Church or the Holy Book, I feel ashamed. These questions turn out to be too difficult for people who impress with their considerable knowledge. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are Catholics, who at the stage of primary or secondary school were attending the religion lessons and that is when they stop to develop their religious knowledge. Now, they do not feel the need or obligation to deepen their faith and to understand the command of Christ addressed to every baptized person which is: “go and preach the Gospel to every creation” (Mk 16:15), which means: make disciples of ourselves and everyone you meet on the way of your life. The game is the first step of what I want to propose in spreading the idea of acquiring knowledge of religious Catholics. These are the objects and the people with whom we meet in the Church, so it is worth to know how to call them and know about them the basic things.

So, Docebo is a game for adults?

This is the game addressed first to the children – drawings, which were made by Mr. Adam Konstanciak (big thanks and compliments for his work) were performed primarily for them. But the explanation of the terms used in the game, is prepared to deepen the religious knowledge also by adults.

How long was it take to prepare this game?

It has been 1.5 years from the idea to the realization. I don’t know, however, whether you can talk that the creation process is complete, because the website, this idea, is still improving. I would like to see on the site DOCEBO for children – mini game that you can play in the Internet. We are also working on the website which allows to learn words (connected with the game) in English. The culmination should be the help for the catechists, who thanks to our site will be able to teach religious concepts and see the effects of their work.

Docebo may remind someone the another game, not religious, which also uses round cards and you should name the drawings which are placed there. Whether we are dealing with plagiarism?

I will use a simple comparison. If the lady did the photo of the landscape and show it to me and I love it and I will come back here to do a similar photo, whether it be plagiarism? I will use my camera, technical settings will be chosen by me, and the lighting and time of the day will be also selected by me… What do I want to pay attention? The similarity is very external. DOCEBO is primarily an educational game. The way to play which is proposed by me is to help to know and grasp religious concepts. Therefore this is not the copy of another game!

So, how to play DOCEBO?

DOCEBO is 85 symbols on 85 cards, 9 symbols on each card. Between any two cards there is at least 2 common symbols. You should find them and call them as fast as possible. However, before we do that, we should learn the names of individual items, which are described on the back side of cards. This will allow us to efficiently call them during the game. After we see all the symbols, we discuss or read the rules of the game. Choose any variant if the four which we have proposed, and about you can read in the manual or on our website.

Well, an interesting thing is to combine the game with the website. But what about those, who do not have access to the Internet?

Even not having access to the Internet you can play the DOCEBO. The first three variants of the game are so developed that anyone, who only will have a paper version, will be able to play and have fun. Initially, the plan was to print the booklet in which every single drawing will be described. However, during the implementation the idea of the game, it was abandoned, to correlate the game with the website and put more information on every subject that is presented in the game.

The Latin word “docere” is translated as: teach, explain, and Docebo?

Docebo (the imperfect tense of docere) is translated as I will teach, I will explain, I will grant (implicitly myself and others).

Why future tense of imperfective aspect of the word “docere”?

While playing DOCEBO we can still learn. It is safe to say that with this game learning never ends.  Because if we already have all the words that are on the tabs, we can find descriptions of the concepts on the website ( and deepen our knowledge. Then we repeat this knowledge and in the end, share it with others.

You said at the beginning that DOCEBO is the first step in spreading learning. What are your next plans?

In the second semester of this school year the first edition of the competition “DOCEBO-PL I teach myself and others” will take place. I hope that this contest will involve many children, young people and perhaps adults. All the prizes are very valuable, all of them are worth about 10000 PLN and we still find people and companies that want to join us. I cooperate with the College of Bogdan Jański and I hope that together with this University and the Association “The flame of joy” (that supports me in the implementation of subsequent ideas) we will realize Polish National Docebo Contest, and in the following years, might be European ,or who knows the International…? I have got also another game in my plans, this time connected with the Saints. Probably it will be named VIVENTIUM or VOCABULUM. But I do not want to reveal nothing more for now. Well, maybe only that the few people declared the help in its creation.

Thank you so much for bringing us the idea of this educational game which DOCEBO definitely is.

Thank you as well. Thank you for the help and support of the following individuals:

  1. Justyna Wojcieszak,
    Adam Konstanciak,
    Wiesław Wojciechowski,
    Barbara Jaśkiewicz,
    Patrycja Szapiel,
    Magdalena Anaszewska,
    s. Sybilla Kołtan,
    Ks. Tomasz Mamełka,

and my sister Eve and her husband Jack and especially my nephews Phillip and John Wojnarowski, who this game is dedicated to!