Rebuilding Church: Forming Disciples with a Missionary Spirit

Rebuilding Church: Forming Disciples with a Missionary Spirit

How has the COVID-19 crisis changed how we minister to and with young people today? What new insights, strategies, and skills are necessary to navigate a new social order slowly emerging from the other side of a historic and world changing pandemic? How can we engage young people to become missionaries within their own communities and social groups? And what impact will all of these factors have upon what it means to be Church in the years ahead? Let’s join together with ministry colleagues across the country as we explore these questions with national leaders and one another.

Event Format

You are invited to join ministry colleagues from across the county to examine, discuss, and reflect on the questions above, and more, as we gather for a four-hour virtual symposium sponsored by NFCYM.

All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing post-event

Here’s the overview:

  • Opening Session (1-1:50 pm ET | 10-10:50 am PT) – Keynote & Panel Reflection: Rebuilding a Post-Pandemic Church
  • Breakout Workshops – Session A (2-2:50 pm ET | 11-11:50 am PT) – Select one of the three workshops (details below) to attend live and join a small group discussion
  • Breakout Workshops – Session B (3-3:50 pm ET | 12-12:50 pm PT) – Select one of the three workshops (details below) to attend live and join a small group discussion
  • Groups Discussions & Closing Session (4-4:45 pm ET | 1-1:45 pm PT) Breakout Room Discussions and Share-Out with Practical Implementation


Anna Johnson

Anna lives and works in Seattle, WA in Maryknoll’s US Mission Education Apostolate​ as Team Leader for the Young Adult Empowerment team and Unit Manager of Mission Formation. She works with young adults, teachers, catechists, and other ministers to enliven and mobilize the US Church towards mission and greater global solidarity through curriculum development, process facilitation, immersion trips, and small Christian Community models. 

Anna holds a degree in Peace Studies and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Sustainability Leadership. She grew up with a wild love of the outdoors, and on any given weekend can be found camping, kayaking, or hiking with her husband, Corbin, and their dog, Tilly.

Brian Rhude

Brian Rhude is the Project Coordinator for the Catholic Apostolate Center where he works in developing programming, resources, and social media content.  He also serves as the Assistant Director of Summer Programs and Formation for the Lay Apostolate for the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America where he directs the school’s current summer program Light the World! Summer Institute, works to develop new programs, and does formation work with undergraduate students. 

Originally from central Maryland, Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America and an Associate of Science Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Opening Session

1-1:50 PM ET | 10-10:50 AM PT​

Will be recorded for participants who cannot attend live.

Rebuilding a Post-Pandemic Church

Presented by: Bishop Frank Caggiano, Diocese of Bridgeport

As the grip of the pandemic slowly loosens and mindful of the many challenges and sufferings it has created, we have a unique opportunity to reimagine ministry among youth and young adults. Taking into account the lessons we have learned this past year, we can reclaim the fundamental dimensions of ecclesial life in ways that are inviting and creative. As a first step toward realizing this rebuilding, everyone in ministerial leadership is invited to use the coming months to enter into the Upper Room with the Lord, so to deepen our spiritual relationship with Him, through intense prayer and participation in the sacraments. For it must be the Lord who will help guide our efforts to rebuild His Church.

Presentation will be followed by a reflection from panelists. 

Bishop Frank Caggiano
Bishop Frank Caggiano

Breakout Workshops: Session A

2-2:50 PM ET | 11-11:50 AM PT

Participants can select from one of the three following workshops to attend live, including a Q&A session with the presenter.

Breakout Workshops: Session B

3-3:50 PM ET | 12-12:50 PM PT

Participants can select from one of the three following workshops to attend live, including a Q&A session with the presenter.


View all the talks by purchasing the recordings for $25.