NFCYM Webinars

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.

All webinars are recorded. A link to the webinar recording is sent to all registered after each session so be sure to register even if you cannot attend the live session.

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Engaging Today’s Parents: Re-Imagining Ministry with Families in Mind
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Tom East Moderated by Lisa Gomes

Families that pray together, share faith and engage in service together transform their faith, change our parishes and ultimately share Christ’s love in the world. What do we need to inspire and support parents of youth today? This webinar will explore practical ways to re-imagine our ministry with families in mind.

Tom East is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development, Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services, and Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies. Tom is a popular speaker and author. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom is author for numerous books and resources including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry (Twenty-Third Publications, 2013).


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Synod Series Session 1:  An Emmaus Journey: From Pre-Synod to Exhortation

Tuesday, May 28 at 2:00 PM ET
Featuring Katie Prejean McGrady and Paul Jarzembowski with special guest Yadira Vieyra

The Church has spent the last three years encountering youth and young adults - through consultations, study, and interacting with them at synodal experiences in Rome. Come and learn how we got there, who was involved, and what we learned. This session will explore the process and how the Church came to understand young people today.

This is the first of a four-part series entitled Synodality: Unpacking the Universal Church’s Recent Work on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”. The series is hosted by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the Southeast Pastoral Institute for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (SEPI), the Catholic Apostolate Center (CAC), in collaboration with the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.


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Synod Series Session 2:  “He Walked With Them”: The Art of Accompaniment

Tuesday, June 4 at 2:00 PM ET
Featuring special guests Jonathan Lewis, Brian Rhude, and Brenda Noriega Moderators: Katie Prejean McGrady and Paul Jarzembowski

Throughout the Synod process, young people repeatedly expressed a desire for accompaniment and mentors. What does “accompaniment” mean in the local community, especially as youth and young adults are increasingly disconnected from the life of the parish? This session will explore how we can respond to the need for mentors and ministers.

This is the second of a four-part series entitled Synodality: Unpacking the Universal Church’s Recent Work on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”. The series is hosted by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the Southeast Pastoral Institute for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (SEPI), the Catholic Apostolate Center (CAC), in collaboration with the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.


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Synod Series Session 3:  “What Things?” The Sacred Act of Listening

Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 PM ET
Featuring Roy Petitfils, Ansel Augustine, Chika Anyanwu, and Gabriela Karaszewski
Moderator: Paul Jarzembowski

Just as Jesus listened to the disciples on the way to Emmaus, the Church is called to listen to youth and young adults. Throughout the Synod process, church leaders heard from young people and sought to respond to them. What does “listening” mean in our local communities? This session will explore strategies for listening with compassion and for offering hope.

This is the third in a four-part series entitled Synodality: Unpacking the Universal Church’s Recent Work on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”. The series is hosted by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the Southeast Pastoral Institute for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (SEPI), the Catholic Apostolate Center (CAC), in collaboration with the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.


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Synod Series Session 4: “And Their Eyes Were Opened”: Vocational Discernment

Tuesday, June 18 at 2:00 PM ET
Featuring Andrew and Terri Lyke, Br. Javier Hansen FSC, Sr. Debbie Borneman SSCM, and John and Nicole Grosso Moderator: Paul Jarzembowski

The Synod Fathers noted that youth and young adulthood are “privileged moments for listening, for availability, and for accepting God’s will” (Final Document, 140) - and as such our ministry with young people “needs a vocational slant.” How do we orient our work towards helping youth and young adults respond to God’s call to holiness for their lives? This session will explore creative ideas on engaging young people in discerning their role in the world.

This is the final session in a four-part series entitled Synodality: Unpacking the Universal Church’s Recent Work on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”. The series is hosted by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the Southeast Pastoral Institute for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (SEPI), the Catholic Apostolate Center (CAC), in collaboration with the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.


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The Parish Youth Minister: Going from Doing to Empowering
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Ela Milewska Moderated by Alison Pope

Youth ministry is the work of the whole parish and not just one or a few people. This is a good idea theory but is hard in practice, especially when the community looks to you as THE youth minister. This webinar will address real strategies to move from being the primary minister to young people to the facilitator of a community of ministers.

Ela Milewska has trained youth ministry and catechetical leaders educators across the US and internationally. She is blessed to have ministered in a variety of environments from rural communities to large cities. Ela is currently the executive director of the Department of Youth Faith Formation overseeing the offices that help parishes form young people and their families from pre-school to twelfth grade. In 2016, she received the National Youth Ministry Award in training.


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High Anxiety: Unlocking the Effects of Stress and Anxiety in the Lives of Youth and Young Adults
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Dr. Jodi Hunt Moderated by Jane Angha

This webinar will unlock the mystery of the young mind and the high rates of anxiety that we are seeing play out through the lives of young people today. Specifically, we will explore the causes of anxiety and how it affects the spiritual lives of the youth and young adults we minister to.

Dr. Jodi Hunt, PhD (Fordham University) has over ten years’ experience in teaching catechesis at both the parish and Catholic school levels. Her research interests include exploring modern moral/ethical issues that Catholic youth and young adults encounter outside the walls of the church and finding practical, meaningful ways of response formed from within the walls of the church. After six years in NYC, Dr. Hunt now resides in the great state of Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and their three free spirited children and she currently teaches at the University of Dallas as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Ministry in the Neuhoff School of Ministry.


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Bruises on the Inside: The Changing Landscape of Bullying
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET

Presented by Roy Petitfils Moderated by Cindee Case

Bullying is a significant cause of stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide in youth. In this webinar, you’ll learn what bullying is and is not, it’s most prevalent forms, the psychology of the aggressor and the victim, differences in male and female bullying as well as individual and institutional preventive and response strategies.

Roy Petitfils, MS, LPC has served in schools as a teacher, campus minister, counselor, and administrator. He is currently a psychotherapist at a Catholic counseling center, specializing in working with adolescents. Roy has written several books including his What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Roy speaks at workshops, conferences, and retreats and hosts the Today’s Teenager podcast.


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The Parish Good Samaritan (and other duties as assigned by pastor)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Mike Patin Moderated by Alison Pope

Slashed budgets and staffs, church/school closings, a misunderstood job, odd schedules, multiple, unclear and competing expectations. Sound familiar? What else could be added? This webinar will focus on our ministerial realities and Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. Be prepared to see both with new eyes.

Mike Patin—the “Engagin’ Cajun”- uses energy, humor and stories to remind people of God's presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the "next step" in our journey with God. Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.” Throughout his ministry, Mike Patin has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs. Mike lives in Lafayette, LA.


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Incarnation Driven Ministry
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Presented by Katie Prejean McGrady Moderated by Adam Ganucheau

When we read “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” in the Gospel of John, we immerse ourselves in the reality of the Incarnation: God became man so that we can be in relationship with Him. This is life-changing, and the encounter with Jesus face to face transforms us entirely, turning us into a virtuous, prayerful, selfless individual who seeks to spread the Gospel. Does our ministry seek to do the same? Does our ministry introduce the reality of the Incarnation, and also build relationships with others that are transformational? Do we seek to build relationships with young people, new parishioners, and families, hoping to also help them meet and be in relationship with Jesus? Are we being incarnational?

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus, published by Ave Maria Press. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, writes for Ave Maria Press, LifeTeen, and EpicPew, and has spoken in parishes & dioceses across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.


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