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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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.

Upcoming Webinars

Celebrating Holy Week at Home

Monday, April 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET

We know this is a difficult time for us to be at home and isolated during the most important liturgical time of the Church. This webinar hopes to help families, and those who accompany them, be able to celebrate and pray these liturgical moments from home. We will talk about practices you can do at home to live out the liturgical moments, how you can pray the Triduum through activities and virtual resources, and we will look at ways to prepare for the Resurrection and be people of hope.

Panelists include: Rita Thiron, Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions; Matt Reichert, Director of Outreach and Engagment for GIA; Robert Feduccia, Vice-President of Equipping the Saints
Moderated by: Matthew Beck, NFCYM Board Chair

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Families at Home: Managing and Working Amidst a Stay at Home Reality

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

This NFCYM all-access webinar will address some of the key issues, concerns, and opportunities that families face as more and more people are required to shelter in place and work from home for the near future. We will also share some best practices in keeping families healthy, holy, and sane, along with resources and strategies for facing Spring Break and end-of-school scenarios.

Panelists include: Julianne Stanz (Diocese of Green Bay); Christie Smith (Diocese of Greensburg); Rosemarie Banich (Archdiocese of Miami) and Debbie Gonzalez (Diocese of Dallas).

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Clergy Connection – Listening & Discussion Session (clergy-only event)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET

Pray together and then discuss and share current situations, best practices, needs, and issues in “Being Church” during the COVID-19 crisis.

Steps and Strategies for Online Ministry

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Presented by Chris Wesley and Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale

A webinar designed specifically to assist ministry leaders in strategically thinking through how to more effectively reach out and engage others. We will provide the steps and practicalities of using online platforms and social media to achieve your desired results during this prolonged time of sheltering in place. Attention will also be given to best practices in maintaining a balanced home and family life in the process. This NFCYM webinar is open to all and free of charge.

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Dr. Josh Packard is the Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute, a new research institute which explores the intersection of religious and human experience in the lives of young people (ages 13 – 25). Using quantitative and qualitative research, Springtide offers fresh data and actionable insights to help those who care about young people, care better. Josh has an accomplished background as a researcher, speaker, and academic studying the sociology of religion and new forms of religious expression. He is the co-author of Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith. Josh lives in Greeley, Colorado and is also a sociology professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Re-connecting America’s Loneliest Generation

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

Presented by Dr. Josh Packard     Moderated by Jane Angha

Today’s young people are more isolated than any previous generation despite being more connected than ever before.  Raised in an era of widespread institutional distrust, they long for meaningful relationships with caring adults as the antidote to pervasive isolation.  The old forms of connecting with young people through programs are no longer effective.  Springtide Research Institute’s national study of 13-25 year-olds confirms that new models are needed.  In this presentation, you’ll see exactly how to create a culture of belonging in your organizations and learn the role you can play in turning the tide on social isolation among young people. 

 This is an All-Access Webinar – Available for Free to All Interested!

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