Robert J. McCarty, D.Min.
Bob began his position as executive director at the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry on June 2, 1997.
Education and Professional Experience
Bob has his BS in sociology and theology from St. Joseph's University and his MA in religious education from LaSalle University. Bob received his Doctorate of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana in May 1998.
Bob has been in professional youth ministry since 1973, serving in parish, diocesan, and community programs. Prior to coming to the NFCYM, Bob ministered in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Baltimore. He continues to author resources for Catholic youth ministry and to provide training programs and presentations on ministry issues internationally. His recent books are Thriving in Youth Ministry and The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice and co-authored with his wife, Maggie, Be A Champion for Youth: Standing With, By and For Young People. His newest book is Raising Happy, Healthy and Holy Teenagers: A Primer for Parents through NFCYM.
Bob has been involved with the NFCYM since 1986 when he was the (then) Region 14 coordinator. He served on the NFCYM Board of Directors for five years, and as chair of the board for two years.
Bob is married to Maggie, who, coincidently, was the first executive director of the NFCYM. Bob has a daughter, Shannon, who reminds him that she is the light of his life! And Bob and Maggie are now grandparents—welcoming Thomas Elias, Jude Arnett, and Catherine Ann to the family. Bob and Maggie also do volunteer youth ministry at their parish, St. Francis of Assisi in Fulton, Maryland.