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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Adolescent Catechesis Series

Vision, Preparation, and Action: Moving Forward in Hope With the Joy of Adolescent Catechesis

Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis Webinar Series

The three national Catholic organizations comprising the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis (NFCYM, NCEA, and NCCL) are collaborating together to host this three-part webinar series for pastoral and ministry leaders and teachers aimed at bringing to life the vision and components outlined in its 2017 document, The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis. Our goal is to inspire leaders to come up with creative and engaging practices and processes that will transform the traditional catechetical methods and approaches so that we can accompany young people as they fall in love with the person and message of Jesus Christ.

Register to participate in each session below even if you cannot attend the live session – all who register will receive a link to the recording that same day.

Session 1: “Hagan Lío”: Adolescent Catechesis and Missionary Discipleship

Presented on February 28, 2018
Presenters: Miriam Hidalgo and Dr. Bob Rice   
Moderated by Andrea Chavez-Kopp, NCEA 


During a speech in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, Pope Francis called upon young people to go out and make a mess – Hagan Lío. Dr. Bob Rice and Miriam Hidalgo, primary authors of The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis, will provide insight on how to focus adolescent catechesis toward missionary discipleship and accompany others in the journey of faith, especially among a diversity of cultures today.

Miriam Hidalgo is the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Office of Education, Evangelization & Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Hartford. She was previously the Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis. For more than 20 years she has served in catechetical ministry and youth ministry at the parish and diocesan levels. A national speaker, Hidalgo is President of the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics (FCH).
Dr. Bob Rice is an associate professor of Catechetics and the director of the Masters of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville. In the classroom, Bob combines his academic knowledge with decades of youth ministry experience. Outside the classroom, Bob is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician and innovative writer. 


Session 2: Preparing the Soil for a Plentiful Harvest

Presented on March 20, 2018
Presented by Greg “Dobie” Moser and Fr. John Serio
Moderated by Bill Miller, NCCL


For effective formation and catechesis for young people, we need to build partnerships with those who love our young people and families to better share the treasures of our Catholic faith. Join the conversation to identify principles, strategies, and methods that build effective partnerships with teens and parents in the parish and school community. When the soil of partnerships has been well tended, faith and discipleship grow and bear an abundant harvest. Tune in and See!

Dobie Moser has degrees in Secondary Education, Family Systems Counseling, and a Doctorate in Ministry Leadership. He has written formation materials and has done training nationally in Catechesis, Confirmation, Family Ministry, and Youth Ministry.
Fr. John Serio is the principal of Salesian High School in New Rochelle, NY and has served as a member of the Partnership For Adolescent Catechesis


Session 3: Moving from Dreaming to Doing: Creating a Roadmap for Effective Adolescent Catechesis

Presented on May 01, 2018
Presented by Ela Milewska and Joan Boutross
Moderated by Michael Theisen, NFCYM


It’s time to get our hands dirty, but how do we start? Join us in this webinar to discuss how to make a practical plan for transforming adolescent catechesis in your parish or school. As part of this, we will look at how to:

  • Engage your community to create spaces and moments for welcome, conversation, and conversion
  • Tap into existing structures to be a launch pad for change
  • Make small changes in our Confirmation preparation ministries that can have a big impact on young people
  • Create a concrete blueprint that is do-able and timely.

Ela Milewska is the executive director of the Department of Youth Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of New York. She is passionate about working with those who minister with the young church and has presented nationally and internationally.
Joan Corso Boutross is the Pastoral Associate at the Church of St. John & St. Mary in Chappaqua, NY. With more than thirty years of catechetical, youth and family ministry experience, Joan enthusiastically shares her expertise and passion for bringing today’s youth to Christ. 


Questions? Contact Michael Theisen at NFCYM:  [email protected] / 202-674-4209

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