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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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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.


Additional Webinar Opportunities

Self Care for Healthy Ministry: A Free Webinar Series

The Catholic Apostolate Center and SLIconnect, a ministry of St. Luke Institute, are offering a free webinar series on self-care, stress management, and personal resilience to support healthy, sustainable ministry. It is important that pastoral leaders in youth and young adult ministries take care of themselves and their personal and spiritual well-being. More information, including registration details for each session, can be found at the following links.

Spiritual Self-Care: A Foundation for Healthy Ministry

June 5, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Rev. David Songy, OFM Cap., Psy.D.

Building Resilience to Beat Burnout

July 10, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Taryn Miller, Psy.D.

Grace Under Pressure: Increasing Your Stress Tolerance

August 28, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Emily Cash, Psy.D.


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