NFCYM Webinars

One-hour formational events hosted by NFCYM and presented free to ministry leaders and volunteers as part of our mission to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

All webinars are recorded. A link to the webinar recording is sent to all registered after each session so be sure to register even if you cannot attend the live session.

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Bruises on the Inside: The Changing Landscape of Bullying
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET

Presented by Roy Petitfils Moderated by Jane Angha

Bullying is a significant cause of stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide in youth. In this webinar, you’ll learn what bullying is and is not, it’s most prevalent forms, the psychology of the aggressor and the victim, differences in male and female bullying as well as individual and institutional preventive and response strategies.

Roy Petitfils, MS, LPC has served in schools as a teacher, campus minister, counselor, and administrator. He is currently a psychotherapist at a Catholic counseling center, specializing in working with adolescents. Roy has written several books including his What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Roy speaks at workshops, conferences, and retreats and hosts the Today’s Teenager podcast.


What Can We Do For Our Families?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET

Presented by Members of the Strong Catholic Families National Team: Mark Mann, Linda Moses, Katherine Angulo and Michael Theisen

Parish, school and diocesan leaders alike continue to seek out best practices, programs and strategies that will engage and support parents and families to grow in faith because we know how critical the domestic church is to the life and vitality of the universal church. Yet no program or strategy, however excellent in design, will yield the success we seek until we have done the critical examinations of the current models and delivery systems in use which may actually be blocking the path toward the full parent partnership for which we yearn. The Strong Catholic Families Initiative, hosted in over 100 dioceses and parishes over the past 10 years ago, has just completed its fourth revision and is excited to bring you the latest information and processes that can be utilized at the local level to help parishes successfully accompany and partner with parents to bring home the faith.

Strong Catholic Families is a collaborative effort by four national Catholic organizations to help church leaders envision how the Catholic Church can more effectively accompany parents in growing their domestic church. Developed by NFCYM in 2005, the Strong Catholic Families National Initiative is presented in partnership with the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) who together offer a series of diocesan and parish level trainings, presentations, online and print resources in English and Spanish designed to partner with parents to help bring home the faith.


The Parish Good Samaritan (and other duties as assigned by pastor)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Mike Patin Moderated by Alison Pope

Slashed budgets and staffs, church/school closings, a misunderstood job, odd schedules, multiple, unclear and competing expectations. Sound familiar? What else could be added? This webinar will focus on our ministerial realities and Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. Be prepared to see both with new eyes.

Mike Patin—the “Engagin’ Cajun”- uses energy, humor and stories to remind people of God's presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the "next step" in our journey with God. 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.

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Incarnation Driven Ministry
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Katie Prejean McGrady Moderated by Adam Ganucheau

When we read “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” in the Gospel of John, we immerse ourselves in the reality of the Incarnation: God became man so that we can be in relationship with Him. This is life-changing, and the encounter with Jesus face to face transforms us entirely, turning us into a virtuous, prayerful, selfless individual who seeks to spread the Gospel. Does our ministry seek to do the same? Does our ministry introduce the reality of the Incarnation, and also build relationships with others that are transformational? Do we seek to build relationships with young people, new parishioners, and families, hoping to also help them meet and be in relationship with Jesus? Are we being incarnational?

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus, published by Ave Maria Press. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, writes for Ave Maria Press, LifeTeen, and EpicPew, and has spoken in parishes & dioceses across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

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Get Families Talking about Relationships, Sex, and Safety
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Dr. Kathie Amidei and Sister Kieran Sawyer Moderated by Jane Angha

Parents want to have meaningful conversations about important topics, but they don’t always know how to do that. By harnessing the power of parental love, we can encourage them to guide their children in matters of life, faith, and morals. Help the families of your parish to have these critical conversations in healthy and effective ways. How can you engage parents in discussions with their children that they would not have on their own? How do we help them to start early, building the small steps of trust children need so that they will discuss important issues with their parents when they reach their teens? Join us as we explore, “how to get families talking!”

Sister Kieran Sawyer is nationally known for her creative work in youth ministry, adolescent catechesis, and chastity education. Over the years she has taught religion at all levels of grade and high school, in Catholic schools and in Religious Education Programs, and has presented numerous workshops and programs for religion teachers, catechists, and youth ministers across the country. Sister Kieran is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province. Dr. Kathie Amidei is parish pastoral associate, a catechetical consultant for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and a national speaker for Our Sunday Visitor. She writes a regular column for the Catholic Herald, Milwaukee newspaper.

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