The mission of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.


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Processing Feelings

Life as we knew it changed in an instant. Youth and adults are trying to cope with these sudden changes, everyone in their own unique way. Talking about our feelings doesn’t have to be difficult. 

NFCYM has put together a practical guide to help you have conversations with your youth, or with other adults to discuss what each person is experiencing and help us all respond with virtue. 

Roy Petitfils, Licensed Counselor, and MaryBeth Eberhard, Catholic Writer and Mother of Eight, also put together a video to introduce the guide and provide some real-life applications.


Special thanks to the NFCYM members who helped create these guides: Vicky Hathaway, Diocese of Gary; John Pratt, Diocese of Fr. Wayne / South Bend; Jennifer Chellberg, Nativity Catholic Church in Longwood, FL


Roy Petitfils is a Licensed counselor at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, LA. Roy studied ministry and spirituality at The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from University of Louisiana. Roy has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as minister, a teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He specializes in counseling teens and young adults. Roy regularly consults with churches, publishers and organizations helping them more effectively reach and minister to youth and young adults. He is an expert at raising and understanding teenagers.

Roy has published four books, including his most recent What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Roy’s blue collar roots, natural humor, contagious enthusiasm and diverse personal and professional background have made him an internationally sought after presenter and trainer. Roy lives with his wife Mindi of 13 years and their two sons Max and Benjamin in Youngsville, Louisiana.

MaryBeth Eberhard spends most of her time laughing as she and her husband of 22 years parent and school their eight children. She has both a biological son and an adopted daughter who have a rare neuromuscular condition called arthrogryposis and writes frequently about the life experiences of a large family and special needs. She is a former parish youth minister and has a true servant heart, often welcoming others into her home and being an example of Christ’s love. You can read more of her work at MaryBethEberhard.com.

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