2018 NFCYM Webinar Series

These one-hour formational events are a member service offered free of charge to all ministry leaders and volunteers. All webinars are recorded. A link to the recording will be sent to all registered so be sure to register whether or not you are able to attend the live presentation.

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The Start of Something Big – Preparing Youth for Confirmation

Monday, April 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Tom East           Moderator Lisa Gomes 

Confirmation is the start of something big! This sacrament should awaken a young person’s experience of Baptism and point them toward our sharing in Eucharist. Confirmation should strengthen youth for their journey of discipleship and for active participation in the faith community. Too often, the sacrament is the end instead of the beginning. The end of catechesis; the end of practice of the faith; the end of family support for faith engagement; and the end of participating in the parish. We can change the way we help youth prepare for and live out their Confirmation as a beautiful gift from God. This webinar presents an understanding and history of the Sacrament of Confirmation that is based on our Church’s teachings and documents. We will also explore what it means to prepare youth and families for Confirmation using Accompaniment as our ministry model. 

Tom East is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development, Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services, and Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies. Tom is a popular speaker and author. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom is author for numerous books and resources including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry (TwentyThird Publications, 2013). 


Being a Youth Minister in Today’s Church

April 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale    Moderator: Tony Vasinda, Project YM

Sometimes, it is hard to explain to others exactly what you do for a living and as your vocation. Often times, too we feel isolated and wonder if other youth ministry leaders are like us and having the same joys and struggles. For the past 25 years Ministry Training Source with the NFCYM has been studying those serving as youth ministry leaders in all the different roles and setting. This webinar will answer the following questions about youth ministry leaders serving in the United States:
• Who are they? 
• What do they do?
• How are they formed?
• How are they compensated?
• What are their challenges and priorities?
• How has the role evolved over the years?

Charlotte McCorquodale has served as a lay ecclesial minister for youth ministry at every level. She currently chairs the National Association for Youth Ministry Leaders (NACYML). She is a past chair of the NFCYM Board of Directors and has served as an advisor for the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth. Charlotte is an international researcher, trainer, and consultant for the fields of lay ecclesial ministry, youth ministry, ministry certification, adult education, and e-learning. She co-founded Ministry Training Source to use technology in ministry formation. For more information visit www.ministrytrainingsource.org. 

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Forming Parents as Missionary Disciples

May 15, 2018 2:00 PM ED
Presenters: Diane Kledzik, Linda Moses and Katherine Angulo
Moderator: Adam Ganucheau 


Belonging leads to believing. And the natural response of a disciple is missionary activity. Explore with us the many opportunities we have to encounter, accompany, form community and send forth parents to live as and make missionary disciples in the home and beyond.

  • Diane Kledzik is the Associate Director for Evangelization, Small Christian Communities and Adult Faith Formation and Coordinator of Strong Catholic Families Strong Catholic Youth for the Department of Evangelization and Lifelong Faith Formation in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
  • Linda Moses serves as the Pastoral Associate at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas and a past president of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers.
  • Katherine Angulo is the Associate Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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The National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults: What is It and How Can You Be Involved? 

May 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT 
A Panel Presentation by Paul Jarzembowski, USCCB, Don Boucher, Diocese of Davenport, Christina Lamas, NFCYM, and Fr. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale, President of LaRED.
Hosted by Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale, Ministry Training Source

A national collaborative effort has begin between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, and the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (LaRed) to engage the church in a National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults with the intent to renew our ministry efforts with these members of our faith community. The three-year process will culminate in inviting those who participate to take action on the insights from the XV Ordinary Synod, V Encuentro, and the National Dialogue in order to mobilize their communities for renewed pastoral ministry to youth and young adults.

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They Just Don’t Fit! Renewed Approaches to Parish Ministry Models for Young Adults

June 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
A Panel Presentation by Gabriela Karaszewski, Nicholas Stein, Diana Hancharenko and Jason Coito  
Moderator: Evan Psencik

Is it Young Adult Ministry? Is it Ministry with Young Adults? For Young Adults? To Young Adults? By Young Adults? What about Pastoral Juvenil Hispana? How does it integrate (or not) with youth ministry? Or adult faith formation? Or Campus Ministry? Or Evangelization? Anyone who has tried ministry with Young Adults knows they don’t fit the normal patterns of parish life and parishes don’t fit the patterns of Young Adult life, but they still need to belong. So what can be done? In this webinar, a panel of experienced young adult ministry professionals will explore these persistent questions and give practical advice on what works best and ways to implement best practices in parish communities across your diocese.

  • Gabriela Karaszewski is the Director of the Office of Young Adults & Campus Ministry at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston since 2013. She has an M.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Washington in Seattle and a M.A. in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas. 
  • Nicholas Stein serves as the Chairperson of the National Advisory Team for Young Adult Ministry for the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the USCCB and is the Program Manager of Bon Secours Young Adults, an initiative of the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA based in Marriottsville, Maryland. 
  • Diana Hancharenko currently serves at St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown, Ohio as Young Adult Minister. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Youngstown State University and earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of New Orleans. She serves on the executive committee for the Coalition with Young Adults, based out of Cleveland.
  • Jason Coito is the Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry in the Office of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Jason received his MA in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University,

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Well Played: Games That Do More!

July 10 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Tony Vasinda          Moderator: Lisa Gomes 

Youth ministers often feel like they need to play a games at youth ministry. Games are certainly a great way to kill 15 minutes on a youth night, but they can also be used to do much more. Tony Vasinda from ProjectYM has built a reputation for engaging rooms of 12-1200 youth using interactive techniques and tools. In this session we covers four deeper roles that games have and three basic strategies for making games in your ministry do more. 

Tony is a Texas native living in Seattle, WA, with his wife, Tricia, and four kiddos. Tony is a cradle Catholic who is most at home talking about life, faith, and things that really matter over a cup of coffee, beer, or board game. Tony had a transformative encounter in a community of love and grace at a young age that set him on a path towards professional ministry. He currently serves as a lay minister in the Catholic Church, where he works as an evangelist, speaker, and trainer at his home parish and with parishes and communities around the globe. He has a beard.

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Three Focused and Effective Pastoral Care Strategies for Youth Struggling with Bullying, Depression, and LGBTQ Issues

August 21 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr. Tim Hogan        Moderator: Cindee Case

Today’s youth carry emotional pain unknown to previous generations. Youth ministers on the front lines are often confronted with novel forms of emotional distress that challenge previously effective psychological and religious approaches. Dr. Hogan will present a pastoral counseling approach that will help to bring order to emotional chaos and offer struggling youth support and a plan to move towards healing. Special attention will be paid to challenges working with youth experiencing bullying, depression, suicide and LGBTQ issues. 

Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He directs The Grace Counseling Center in Detroit. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan, with his wife of 27 years and three children. Tim's weekly blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. He blogs at DrTimHogan.com/my-blog/. He contributed to RCL Benziger’s Family Life series.

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Is Your Parish Ready to Grow Young?

September 18 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Leisa Anslinger          Moderator: Evan Psencik

What do parishes that intentionally engage their young people have in common? What can we learn from their experience? How do we engage parents, leading them to live and grow in faith as families (or domestic churches)? Explore this vital topic and learn what you can do to help your parish “grow young.” 

Leisa Anslinger is a frequent presenter at national and diocesan conferences as well as parish leadership days. She is the Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a center for pastoral leadership development. She is a certified Growing Young speaker and trainer. Her most recent projects include: Grateful Disciples and The Bridges Leadership Series. Leisa is a contributing author for Twenty-Third Publications and Liturgy Training Publications. She is a founding team member of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community. Leisa and her husband, Steve are the parents of two young adult children, Mike and Carrie and grandparents of Patrick and Cecilia. 

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A New Mission In Catholic Youth Ministry

October 9 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Rich Curran        Moderator: Adam Ganucheau

Forming Missional Disciples is more than icebreakers and activities. It requires focused efforts of formation and hands-on training to apprentice young people into the life and mission of Christ and His Church. In this session we will look at the parish organizational structures and support systems necessary to design and implement a multi-faceted ministry that specifically addresses the diverse formation needs of youth and families on a variety of spiritual development levels. 

Rich Curran is the founder and executive director of Parish Success Group, a Catholic non-profit organization that provides on-site coaching to parishes and dioceses getting them to grow in size and spiritual depth. Rich is the author of We Lack For Nothing: Five Essentials To Grow the Church. He is a regular presenter at national, regional and diocesan Catholic conferences, school assemblies, parish missions and staff leadership days. 

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Spirituality Once-Removed

December 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
Presenter:  Mike Patin        Moderator:  Alison Pope

Much of our time and effort is spent on soul care and spiritual formation of others. But how do we, as ministers, open OUR minds hearts and bodies to create space for God? Near-spiritual experiences are not enough.

Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.” Throughout his ministry, Mike Patin has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs. Mike lives in Lafayette, LA, with his wife, Marlene, and his daughter, Megan.

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A Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis Webinar Series...

Vision, Preparation & Action:
Moving Forward in Hope with the Joy of Adolescent Catechesis

The three national Catholic organizations comprising the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis (NFCYM, NCEA, and NCCL) are collaborating together to host this three-part webinar series for pastoral and ministry leaders and teachers aimed at bringing to life the vision and components outlined in its 2017 document, The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis.  

Session 1: “Hagan Lío”: Adolescent Catechesis and Missionary Discipleship
February 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
Presented by: Miriam Hidalgo and Dr. Bob Rice                Moderated by Andrea Chavez-Kopp, NCEA

Session 2: Preparing the Soil for a Plentiful Harvest
March 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: Greg "Dobie" Moser and Fr. John Serio      Moderated by Bill Miller, NCCL

Session 3: Moving from Dreaming to Doing: Creating a Roadmap for Effective Adolescent Catechesis
May 01, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by Ela Milewska and Joan Boutross                  Moderated by Michael Theisen, NFCYM

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Missionary Discipleship: A Discipleship That Reaches Out

Explore the call of the catechist to be a missionary disciple. For the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter, NCCL, NFCYM, NCEA, and CRS will accompany catechists in unpacking Catholic Social Teaching and its direct link to the Baptismal call of missionary discipleship. Each session will be offered prior to the liturgical season listed to equip participants with tools and resources for the upcoming weeks to be used for personal and communal reflection. More information here.

Three Part Series Includes:

  1. Advent: Missionary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - Presented on November 9, 2017 at 4 pm ET - a focus on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person and the Call to Family, Community and Participation.  Watch on Demand Now
  2. Lent: Missionary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - Presented on January 25, 2018 at 4 pm ET - a focus on Rights and Responsibilities, Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable and the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers.  Watch on Demand Now
  3. Easter: Mission ary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - March 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET - a focus on Solidarity and Care for God’s Creation. REGISTER HERE

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