The Call to Accompany

From the Executive Director

Christina Lamas

Accompanying others is at the heart of ministry. It’s a call to walk alongside individuals as they grow in their relationship with Jesus. Jesus is our model, as seen in various scripture stories where he accompanies others. One of my favorite stories is the one in which Jesus encounters two disciples on the road to Emmaus. He engaged them in conversation, affirmed where they were in their spiritual journey, and offered insights for their reflection. Finally, we hear, “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’”

My mom has consistently accompanied me on my faith journey. From a young age, she ensured that I was exposed to the rich traditions of our faith. As a teenager, I didn’t always appreciate or willingly embrace those experiences. However, looking back, I recognize the profound impact of her persistent faith and love for Christ. I vividly remember attending the Spanish prayer group every Monday evening and praying the rosary on Thursday evenings. I often wondered why she would drop me and my sister off with the Carmelites for the weekend. However, in time, I came to realize that Christ was calling me into a deeper relationship with him. I am grateful for my
mom’s constant presence and invitation to encounter Christ. I aspire to be a person who, guided by Christ, accompanies others on their journey to him.

NFCYM’s purpose is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people on their journey with Jesus Christ. As a membership organization, we bring together clergy and lay members, diocesan and parish staff (paid and unpaid), publishers, speakers, movements, and ministries. Collaboratively, we work towards supporting one another and empowering the young people we serve. Together, we aim to build a future where young people recognize themselves as children of God, living as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. In this envisioned future, the diverse gifts and struggles of young people are embraced by Catholic faith communities, ministry leaders who find joy in the Gospel, and families who live as the domestic church.


Take a moment to recall instances when you accompanied a young person as they recognized Christ and became Christ incarnate in their family and community.

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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."