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Prayer, Hope, and Action for Syria

On October 31, Pope Francis will be saying a prayer for peace in Syria at 3:00 pm in Sweden. Caritas Internationalis—the Vatican Caritas organization under which Catholic Relief Services falls—is asking all members to encourage prayer around the world at that time (9:00 am edt) or at 3:00 pm local time—or any time that works.

Find the prayer in this image link or visit the overall campaign website.

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis “has established that in October 2018 the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held, on the theme: ‘Youth, faith and vocational discernment’.”

Read the short bulletin from the Holy See Press Office on the Vatican website. For a longer article, see the coverage on the Crux website.

Pigeon Forge Holy Fire Postponed to 2017

Pigeon Forge Holy Fire Postponed to 2017

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), in association with Declan Weir Productions (DWP), is postponing the Holy Fire conference in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which was originally planned for November 12. The conference for middle school youth will be rescheduled for 2017 in order to maximize the potential effectiveness of the event. View/download the full press release (PDF icon 51 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.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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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


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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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