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Key Links for World Youth Day Texts

Pope Francis at World Youth DayDon't rely on excerpts in short articles or sound bites on the evening news. Read the full text of the Holy Father’s comments, speeches, and homilies through the Vatican website links below:

Responding to Violence and Racism


Christina Lamas named new Executive Director of NFCYM

NFCYM Announces New Executive Director

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is pleased to announce Christina Lamas as its new executive director. Lamas brings more than twenty years of youth ministry experience to the NFCYM, most recently as the associate director for the Office of Religious Education and division coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Lamas will begin her new position at the NFCYM’s Washington, D.C. office on August 22, 2016. View/download the full press release (PDF icon 124 KB).

Mission, Vision, Values

NFCYM Adopts New Mission, Vision, Values Statements

At the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting in Chicago, The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry approved and adopted new mission, vision, and values statements. These statements are now published in full on this website.

News from NFCYM and Beyond

Recent news and/or updates to the website include:

For more information, see the full News page.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Lay Ecclesial Ministry

The mission of the church cannot be completed without the faithful work of its lay ministers. Is Christ calling you to lead his church in this capacity? Check out the certification process on the Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ministers website ( and these resources:

Strong Catholic Families/Fortaleciendo en la Fe
What's NFCYM's Most Popular Training In-Service?

Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth—and the transliterated program, Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe—have come to over 60 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada.

Learn more about them.

Resources for Supporting Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si
Resources for Supporting Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si

A collection of resources can be found in our “Catechesis for Current Events.”

Also, be sure to check out NFCYM’s website, “Care for Creation, Care for the Poor” at


Links will open the conference website

National Catholic Youth Conference

Called • Llamados
Indianapolis: November 16-18, 2017

National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry

Connect in Christ
San Jose: December 1-3, 2016

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