Pope Francis Speaks to the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (Girl Scouts) (7/21/15)

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Kathy Carver, NFCYM Associate Director, meets Pope Francis (click for full-size image).Kathy Carver represented NFCYM at the meeting of the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (Girl Scouting) in Rome, June 24-30, 2015, as a part of the US Delegation that included Diane Flanagan, the Region 10 representative to NCCGSCF, and GSUSA CEO, Anna Maria Chávez. The certain highlight of the meeting was the private audience with Pope Francis held on June 26 (Catholic News Service account).

The International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG) celebrated its 50th anniversary during this meeting. The ICCG is a network within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS). The ICCG is a formally recognized movement under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The theme of the meeting was to “Live as a guide the joy of the Gospel.” All participants were asked to read and reflect upon Evangelii Gaudium prior to their arrival at the meeting.

Pope Francis with the entire gathering (click for full-size image).To the 230 participants from over forty countries the Pope said, “Inasmuch as Catholic leaders, you also have the opportunity to make the explicit proclamation of Christ resound, who gives joy and light to the world, within the World Association of Guides and Scouts. Here you find head-guides of all cultures and religions. I hope that it will be the occasion of a sincere and true dialogue among you, in respect of the convictions of each one, and in the serene affirmation of your faith and of your Catholic identity.”

As a part of the private audience, NFCYM submitted a letter to Pope Francis and gave him a copy of NFCYM’s resource, Caring for Creation Caring for the Poor.

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A Catechesis for Current Events (updated 6/29/15)

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The Key Role Youth Ministry Plays in Vocations to the Priesthood (4/16/15)

Fr. Robert Barron's (rector of Mundelein Seminary and popular speaker) blog Word on Fire published an article summarizing the results of the most recent CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University) study of young priests. The findings speak highly of the role of youth ministry programs in their vocational awareness. Read the article on Word on Fire. (You can also read the full report, as linked in this blog, on the USCCB website.)

National Catholic Reporter posts article on Strong Catholic Families Survey (2/25/15)

NCR published an article on the simplified survey for families in church hosted by Strong Catholic Families. Read the article on NCR's website.

Application Deadline for Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certification: March 1 (2/20/15)

Applications for candidacy and portfolio completions for consideration to be certified are accepted twice a year. The next deadline is March 1.

Date Set for the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting (2/6/15)

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The 2016 Membership Meeting is February 2-5 in Chicago. The meeting will be at the Westin O’Hare, in Rosemont, Illinois; rooms are $109 plus tax. During this meeting we will be discussing and voting on proposed changes to the NFCYM in terms of mission, vision, and structure. Your voice is essential in this process! As such, all members are highly encouraged to stay for the entire meeting. Registration will not exceed $325 per person.

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