Each week you will hear from presenters at this year's Nation Conference of Catholic Youth Ministry as well receive information which will allow you to get the most out of the event
"We need to speak love in truth, and we need to put the love first" with Pat Sprankle
Dr. Patrick Sprankle (Pat), husband and father, is Director of Youth Ministry at St. Louis Church Clarksville, MD. In this conversation he talk about how we can best accompany young people in the face the challenges they face daily. He also shares how find balance and self care while working as a minister.
"The Church is most unique in the silence and the Eucharist" with Sr. Josephine Garrett
Sr. Josephine Garrett shares her story of what brought her to the Catholic Church as a convert and how that informs the way we can accompany the young church. She share how in the end we can only witness from the pace of our own relationship with Christ. Finally, she shares from her role studying to be a family consular, one thing that is getting the way of you and one thing that is getting in the way of families in their ability to embrace the faith.
"Being with other, not doing for others" - A
This week we chat with Molly Herrera who is the Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Young Adult Faith Formation St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Gaithersburg MD. Molly started out as a youth group kid (including going to NCYC with her parish as a teen) and now works in full time ministry. She talks about how her experience as a member of a youth group as a teen has impacted the way she does ministry today.
"Discipleship only moves at the speed of trust." - Julianne Stanz
This week we talk to our Thursday night keynote presenter Julianne Stanz about what it is like to be a minister to the young church at a time of crisis. There is so much wisdom and encouragement in how to help to create an intimate relationship between the young church and Jesus Christ. As she shares "For many family the youth minister is the face of the parish and the face of Jesus Christ." This is a must listen!
"What keeps people coming is whether or not they felt welcome when they were there." with Kim McMillan
This week we chat Kim McMillan who has be working in parish youth ministry for 20 years. She shares her experience around how we can best engage the young church for the long haul.
"The Christian is always in the state of discernment" with Mike Patin
This week we have a conversation with Mike Patin. Mike shares practical advice on how to get the most of learning experiences which help us to be better in ministry. He also talks about the power and importance of building a community and spiritual direction in support of the work that we do.