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Goin’ Fishin’: Practicing the art of recruiting, forming, and empowering team members

July 21, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Date: Thursday, July 21st

Time: 2:00pm ET

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Fishermen know that you have to have the right lure to catch the fish you want. It is the same with finding the right people to be part of the parish’s youth ministry team. In this webinar we will look at determining who you need, why you need them, how to find them, and then empowering them to be co-ministers with you in parish youth ministry.

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For more than twenty-five years, Ela Milewska has been blessed to minister in a variety of environments, from a small community in West Virginia to a large parish in Raleigh, NC. She has also served as the diocesan youth ministry consultant for the Diocese of Raleigh. In 1999, Ela joined Cultivation Ministries, a nationally recognized youth ministry training and consulting organization based in the Chicago area. While pursuing her doctorate in catechesis at the Catholic University of America, she also worked as the coordinator for the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis. Ela began serving the Archdiocese of New York as the director of the Office of Youth Ministry in October of 2015. She is currently the executive director of the Department of Youth Faith Formation supporting parishes in their ministries to form young people and their families from baptism to twelfth grade.

Ela has trained youth ministry and catechetical leaders, catechists, and educators across the United States and internationally. In 2016, she was the recipient of the National Youth Ministry Award. She lives in Yonkers, New York overlooking the Hudson River with her incredibly weird cat, Mr. Frank A. Noodles.



July 21, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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(202) 636-3825
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Yazmín Maní Malone

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana Coordinator,
Diocese of Austin

Diocesan Member

"NFCYM has accompanied me in reaching out to like minded professionals to better provide service (ministry) to adolescents. NFCYM has allowed me to network and grow professionally.

'Youth as Protagonists' has been essential to Pastoral Juvenil Hispana in the Diocese of Austin."

Eva P. Delgado

Youth Minister, St. Christopher Church

Associate Member

"The various resources have helped me keep our program exciting and vibrant. NFCYM has provided me with shared information via webinars, workshops, conferences, outreach, and opportunities that are very informative to help make my ministry successful.

NFCYM is an open forum for me to seek material, guidance and support in keeping the youth ministry program successful."