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Ave Maria Press is partnering with author and speaker Katie Prejean McGrady to bring you updates from the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, happening in Rome from Oct. 3-28.

When you sign-up below, you’ll receive a digest email every Friday afternoon with insights from Prejean McGrady and a team of other experts who will explain and unpack what’s going on during and after the synod. (Also, you’ll automatically be entered to win a collection of Ave’s best books for youth!)

The weekly email wrap-up will include highlights from the week, videos, commentary, links to the best news coverage of the synod, and more — 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 will share experiences and insights every Friday to help you understand the synod and its effects on the Church.

Just some of the thought leaders you’ll hear from every week:

  • 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.

PLUS, when you sign-up for email updates from the synod, you’ll also be entered to win an amazing stack of books, featuring our BEST titles for young people (including Go Bravely and Breakthrough) and those who minister to them.

*Must be 18 or older to win with a valid US mailing address. Contest ends October 25, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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About Ave Explores
This special effort to bring you news and resources from the Synod on Young People is part of Ave Explores, is a new initiative that will take an in-depth look at issues facing the Catholic Church in partnership with Ave authors.