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In the fall of 2018, Ave Maria Press partnered with author and speaker Katie Prejean McGrady to bring you updates from the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, that occurred in Rome from Oct. 3–28.

When you sign-up below, you’ll receive the complete, downloadable guide to the synod from Ave Explores. This FREE guide features insights from Prejean McGrady and a team of other experts who helped to explain and unpack what happened during and after the synod. 

This guide is especially helpful for youth pastors, teachers, directors of religious education, parents and anyone who cares about young people and our Church.

Prejean McGrady attended the March pre-synod meeting in Rome as one of three US delegates for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She along with an incredible team of other Ave authors, educators and youth workers shared experiences and insights from the synod to help you understand the synod and its effects on the Church.

Some of the thought leaders you’ll find in the guide:

  • Paul Jarzembowski, assistant director for youth and young adult ministry at the USCCB; he is attending the synod with the USCCB's bishop delegates
  • Jonathan Lewis, assistant secretary for pastoral ministry and social concerns in the Archdiocese of Washington; a synod auditor appointed by Pope Francis
  • Justin McClain, theology teacher at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland
  • Christopher Wesley, director of youth and young adult ministry at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cockeysville, Maryland, and a youth ministry coach and consultant at Marathon Youth Ministry
  • Joel Stepanek, director of resource development for Life Teen
  • Roy Petitfils, Catholic speaker and a psychotherapist in private practice
  • Nicole Perone, diocesan director of adult faith formation; served on the writing committee for the pre-synod meeting
  • Leonard J. DeLorenzo, works at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame
  • Connie Poulos, digital media specialist in marketing and episcopal resources at the USCCB. She is in Rome this month covering the synod with the USCCB communications team.

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