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Join Ave Maria Press online for a series of free, professional development workshops for parish ministers! Enjoy access to free presentations by experts in every area of parish ministry from the comfort of your home or office. Log in to the live webinars to participate in our question and answer sessions or watch the free videos below at your convenience.
How prepared are you to serve, even in difficulty and hardship? Using St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s "The Little Way" as a guide, Mary Lenaburg will share what she discovered when applying those lessons to her daily life while serving as a catechist, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, sacristan, youth ministry volunteer, and one-time liturgy coordinator for her home parish. St. Thérèse of Lisieux gave us beautiful examples of how to love and serve with gratitude through the smallest of tasks. A personal relationship with the Lord and always striving for holiness allowed St. Thérèse to be a grateful servant. Lenaburg will share five practical steps to find joy and peace while serving the Body of Christ. [Read More]
Parish or diocesan ministries often operate in isolation. These ministries, because they cater to a specific audience and purpose, might find themselves separated from other parts of parish life. How can we bring various ministries together in a way that invites inclusion – whether they are serving families, youth, young adults, or elders in the parish? In this webinar, Maria Johnson will explore practical ways to establish community and partnerships across ministries with education and Marian devotion. [Read More]
How can ministry leaders, laity, and clergy help the Church improve preaching? Believe it or not, it’s not just the preachers’ responsibility—it’s everyone’s. Spiritually speaking, the quality of preaching depends as much on listeners as it does on speakers. How we listen to homilies (and how we help others listen) is an important part of evangelism and parish ministry. Fr. Joshua Whitfield, author of The Crisis of Bad Preaching, offers The Way of the Listener: 10 Steps for Listening to Homilies (even bad ones!) to help those listening to homilies make the best of it! If you thought the homily was time to take a nap, think again! Learn how to listen to homilies the right way! [Read More]
Most Catholics have a desire to pray but when a full calendar gets in the way, prayer can be the first thing to go. Michael St. Pierre, author of The 5 Habits of Prayerful People, will share five strategies for restarting your prayer life, no matter how busy you are. Both parish staff and volunteers will benefit from this down-to-earth approach to prayer, resulting in greater confidence and simple strategies to boost your prayer life. [Read More]
Does Your Parish Need a Fresh Approach to Marriage Preparation?
Deacon Stephen Bowling, director of the Office of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville
Apr 9, 2019
Three years ago—about the same time that Pope Francis published Amoris Laetitia—Archbishop Joseph Kurtz asked Deacon Stephen Bowling to search for a new marriage preparation program that spoke to millennials and fostered life-long bonds between the engaged couple and the Church.
Bowling, director of the Office of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville, came upon Joined by Grace, a marriage prep program that emphasized the connection between marriage and the other six sacraments. In this webinar, Bowling will share many practical tips and strategies he has learned in the last three years to help you bring a fresh approach to marriage preparation in your parish or diocese. [Read More]
In our modern culture, the Catholic Church is often painted as “at odds” with the feminist movement. In this webinar, Claire Swinarski offers information and insight on how to empower the women in your parish to understand that to be pro-woman is to be pro-life. Offering pro-life answers for pro-choice questions, Swinarski makes the argument that true feminism lies within Jesus and His teachings, and that [Read More]
There are many kinds of leaders, but humble leaders take a ministry from “good” to “great.” But humility isn’t always intuitive and can even seem counterproductive. How do we lead humbly without giving up our credibility? How do we celebrate wins without being prideful? This webinar examines the key to success and the necessity of humility as a characteristic of any leader and how we serve and strive for great things while remaining grounded and focused. [Read More]
Renovación Carismática Católica: Una corriente de gracia
12 de Mar. de 2019
La Renovación Carismática es el movimiento más grande entre los hispanos católicos en los Estados Unidos, ya que cuenta con casi la mitad de las parroquias con ministerio hispano que también tienen una comunidad de la Renovación. En este webinar, Andrés Arango, nos guiará a entender la Renovación Carismática y su importancia [Lee mas]
This webinar will be presented in Spanish.
Shrink to Grow: Building a Culture of Small Groups
Jason Kidd, Director of Marriage & Family Life, Archdiocese of Portland
Mar 5, 2019
Small groups are nothing new: Jesus gathered twelve apostles, and the early church met as small communities in homes. Much of parish ministry defaults to running programs, which is problematic. Programs often end just as missionary discipleship begins. In contrast, small faith communities foster ongoing friendship, honesty, and depth of faith which can transform parishes. Join the discussion on moving parish vitality forward while going back to the basics. [Read More]
In this webinar Roy Petitfils will identify the difference between good and bad stress. He will show ministry professionals how to help teens not just cope with stress but utilize it to grow into happy, holy, healthy adults.[Read More]
Parish ministry can be a very rewarding vocation. If we're not careful, however, it can sometimes lead to anxiety, burnout, or despair. In this presentation, Gary Zimak will offer advice for maintaining your peace as you serve the Lord and His people. As you will discover, the answer is simpler than you might expect! [Read More]
Katie Prejean McGrady attended the pre-synod meeting in March as one of three delegates sent by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She directed Ave Explores, an Ave Maria Press initiative that analyzed the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment in October. Join her for a conversation about what happens next now that the synod is over. [Read More]
Advent is the season to wait for the Lord. It's a time where we can practice the kind of waiting that should shape our lives. But waiting is difficult, especially in an age of smart phones and instant gratification. St. Joseph is a model for showing what it means to wait for the Lord. Through an illuminating and careful reading of scripture—specifically the opening chapter of Matthew’s Gospel—we will rediscover St. Joseph, who [Read More]
Hookup culture is prevalent among many young adults in the world today. Hooking up involves the use of sex not as a way to foster communication but to avoid it.
In this webinar, Dr. Timothy O’Malley will show how the Church's theology of marriage can offer a healing medicine for those seeking love in a hookup culture.
He will also share helpful tips for [Read More]
In this webinar, Justin McClain will look at how saints throughout history worked to balance reflection and action, prayerfully centering their lives on Christ and spreading his Gospel while living virtuously in contemplation of the Good News and its promises. [Read More]
An amazing parish is filled with amazing people. How can your parish work to make disciples from the people who exist in your pews?
In this webinar, Kevin Cotter, Executive Director of Programming and Content at the Amazing Parish, will show what it looks like to help your parishioners take the next step in in their walk with God and [Read More]
Empowering Families Through Parish Ministry
Lauri Przybysz, president of NACFLM
Sep 25, 2018
Lauri Przybysz, Catholic family life minister, catechist, and president of NACFLM, understands how parish ministers spend a great deal of care and energy in meeting the needs of the families they serve. This practical webinar will help parishes ensure that current programs, policies, and ministries are building up family life and assist families [Read More]
As religious educators, we have to teach differently than teachers of any other subject our students learn about in school.
Sure we want them to learn theology, but beyond that we want them to learn to love our Lord Jesus Christ. We want them to encounter Christ in class so they [Read More]
Brandon Vogt, author of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be, Too), did not grow up Catholic. He chose to enter the Catholic Church in college, precisely when so many of his friends were heading in the other direction. Learn what drew him to Catholicism and how you can make the same case to others, especially atheists, agnostics, and the "spiritual but not religious." [Read More]
Uno de los grandes desafíos para los católicos estadounidense en el siglo XXI es ser arquitectos de comunión en medio de la diversidad, el pluralismo y las tendencias secularizadoras de nuestro tiempo. En este webinar reflexionamos qué significa ser Iglesia explorando ciertos principios teológicos, bíblicos e históricos clave que nos ayudan a entendernos como Pueblo de Dios. Reflexionamos también…[Read More]
This webinar is presented only in Spanish.
There are two essential questions young people ask during their faith formation:
1. Who is Jesus?
2. How can I get to know him for myself?
Short of giving them a two hour lecture, what can we do to engage young people in practical, inspirational, and innovative ways that help them discover the answers to those questions and in the process actually form a relationship with the Lord? [Read More]
What does conversion look like? Pope Benedict stated that conversion in Greek means to "rethink." In other words, conversion begins and continues through the process of thinking and rethinking about life.
During this webinar author and speaker Paul George will walk parish ministers through the process of conversion by answering the following questions:
- What are the components and benchmarks of conversion?
- How do we walk with people both individually in discipleship and as a parish community?
- How can we be strategic in inspiring conversion and helping people encounter and walk with Christ in our ministries?
The pressure to become a successful college applicant affects the lives of young people earlier than ever before. Parents start worrying about college and success for their kids are even born. Schools feel the demands to prepare their students as competitive candidates with high test scores and all the right courses. Parishes are often left to compete with everything else going on in the lives of young people and their families.
This webinar will offer a brief diagnosis of the negative effects of the "college prep culture" on young people, then propose four ways to [Read More]
Adult Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults
Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP
April 10, 2018
Adult faith formation is all-encompassing!
Adult faith formation for today’s mature adults needs to be broad, wide, and deep. The "delivery systems" for adult faith formation are also many and diverse, especially for this age group who—along with many similarities—are very diverse in their lifestyles, their activity, and their vibrancy.
This webinar will explore some of background principles for what we might do in our parishes today as well as [Read More]
Faith Formation with Older Adults
Mary Ann Ronan, Richard Johnson, Sr. Kawsar Choufani
March 6, 2018
St. Paul wrote: "We are afflicted in every way but not crushed, not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. . . So we do not lose heart.” (2 Cor 4:8)
Many people 75 years and older are living these words through losses, illness, and uncertainties. At the same time, many of them are peaceful and content, still active in the prime of health.
In the midst of these realities, this webinar will explore: what can ministry/adult faith formation with older people look like? [Read More]
The What, Why, and How of Pre-Evangelization, Evangelization, and Discipleship
February 20, 2018
In this webinar Marcel LeJeune, founder of CatholicMissionaryDisciples.com, will guide you through an exploration of the stages of pre-evangelization, evangelization, and discipleship. You will come to a better understanding of what the stages are, why we need them, and [Read More]
Twelve-step addiction recovery and sacramental healing through the Catholic Church share key overlapping principles. Explore the extraordinary transformation that can take place when this overlap is uncovered and learn what the Church can do to minister to those impacted by the darkness of addiction.
Scott Weeman, founder of Catholic in Recovery, will share personal examples of [Read More]
El Credo: un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia
Vivimos en un mundo en el que cada vez es más urgente afirmar en qué creemos los católicos. No existe una mejor fórmula que el Credo para dar razón de nuestras convicciones de fe cuando nos piden razón de nuestra esperanza. Este webinar es una invitación a profundizar en la riqueza de lo que creemos como cristianos yenamorarnos más del Dios que se revela en la historia. Es un gran recurso para catequistas y evangelizadores para introducir la fe de la Iglesia.
The Creed: An encounter with the faith of the Church
We live in world in which to affirm what we believe as Catholics is more urgent than ever. There is no better formula than the Creed to explain what we believe when asked for the reason for our hope. This webinar is an invitation to deepen into the richness of our Christian faith and fall in love of God who becomes present in our history. This is a great resource for catechists and evangelizers to introduce the faith of the Church.
This webinar will be presented only in Spanish. [Read More]
Navigating the Transitions of Midlife Adult Faith
Nov 7, 2017
Midlife adults in their forties and fifties experience unique life transitions in which they seek deeper spiritual meaning. Re-evaluation of their life’s goals, recommitment to personal relationships, new ways of engagement in the life of the community, and other midlife transitions are fertile ground for authentic spiritual growth.
In this webinar, Jim Merhaut presents the developmental and faith lives of adults in their forties and fifties and offers insight into adult faith formation opportunities for...[Read More]
Women's Ministry: Small Groups and Faith-Filled Friendships
Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet
October 24, 2017
Many women have expressed the heartfelt need to find friends that they are able to share their faith with. Help engage your parishioners in women's ministry and small faith-sharing groups that will build faith-filled friendships to help them along their journeys to heaven.
Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet are the authors of two books designed for small groups and directors of the Columbus Catholic Women's Conference, the largest Catholic Women's Conference in... [Read More]
Creative Answers and Specific Approaches to Young Adult Faith Formation
Panelists include: Robert Feduccia, Amy McEntee, Gabriella Karaszweski, and Nicki Uerling.
September 19, 2017
Young adult faith formation is diverse, just as the Millennial Generation (born between 1982 and 2000) is diverse. Faith formation leaders know how to nurture the faith of children, parents, empty nesters, and elders. Young adults who are more spiritual seekers than mass goers challenge faith formation business as usual.
This webinar features panelists with a variety of young adult faith formation ministry experiences. These young adult ministers will offer creative and practical ways to help Millennials grow in... [Read More]
The Church’s catechetical witness burns as a fire across centuries and through lives of faithful service. We navigate the way ahead informed by this compelling history, which yields extraordinary witness along the way of catechesis.
For this webinar, we will (1) explore some contemporary perspectives and four characteristics for advancing catechesis; (2) consider selected highlights from major eras of the Church’s catechetical history; and (3) reinforce our looking ahead as a breathing community of living faith, still emerging, developing, and inquiring. [Read More]
Faith Formation for the Generations & Seasons of Adulthood
John Roberto of Lifelong Faith Associates
May 2, 2017
One of the key features of twenty-first century adult faith formation is addressing the unique life tasks, needs, interests, and spiritual and faith journeys at each stage of adulthood: young adults (20s-30s), midlife adults (40s-50s), mature adults (mid 50s-mid 70s), and older adults (75+).
Given this great diversity across the adult stage of life, it is imperative that [Read More]
In this webinar, author and catechist Pat Gohn discusses five faith strongholds where discouraged and weary Catholics can place their trust. [Read More]
Catechesis for Children with Special Needs
Peter Ductram, Director, Office of Catechesis, Archdiocese of Miami
March 21, 2017
Sacred Scripture and church documents call us to form the faith of all the baptized, especially those with special needs. And although we echo this view, we wonder how do we invite? How do we welcome or we include them? Where do we start? What are the most effective strategies out there? How do we know if we are ready to work with children with disabilities?
In this webinar, Peter Ductram will discuss the vision of the Church in the United States for catechesis with people with special needs and the effective implementation of that vision. He will share valuable resources to help start and build a more creative catechesis. [Read More]
Good teachers have good answers but exceptional teachers ask great questions. There is no greater teacher than Jesus and the hundred plus questions he asks throughout the Gospels can still comfort and challenge us today.
In this webinar Allan Wright will discuss a few of the questions Jesus poses in the Gospels as a way to grow in our faith and and to share that faith with others. [Read More]
Be Transformed: See and Share the Sacraments in a Whole New Way
February 21, 2017
Dr. Bob Schuchts, founder of the John Paul II Healing Center and author of the new book Be Transformed, will offer insights into how parish leaders and experience and present the sacraments in ways that will transform their lives.
Want to make sure your parishioners are truly moved by the experience of Baptism, Confirmation, Communion, and the other Sacraments? [Read More]
Many young people and their parents, unfortunately, treat Confirmation as a graduation. Somewhere and somehow this beautiful sacrament became another item on the Catholic family’s checklist.
Recent research shows that the single greatest difference between those who identify as Catholic and those as former-Catholics is "the belief that God is a personal being involved in the lives of people today." If we are to shape our whole lives as a Christian story, we must first learn how to recognize, craft, and share stories of grace about particular life experiences. We will focus on [Read More]
Drawing from her in depth study of the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Dr. Susan Muto will introduce twelve ways to transform the hearts of parish ministers. These ways range from learning to appreciate the richness of the ordinary to trusting divine mercy.
This webinar will explore six lessons that parish ministers can apply to their lives today and introduce [Read More]
Revisiting Rebuilt: Identifying Your Mission Field
Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
October 25, 2016
In this unique webinar event, authors of the bestselling book Rebuilt will walk Fr. Michael Saporito through a series of exercises and reflection questions to help him rebuild his parish.
Four Factors that Make Marriage Preparation a Success
John Bosio and Teri Bosio
October 18, 2016
The best measure of success for a marriage preparation program is the faith, the attitudes, and the behaviors that engaged couples take into their marriage. Among the activities that correlate positively with marital success, according to the social scientists at the National Marriage Project, are a couple’s belief that God is at the center of their marriage and their regular church attendance together.
How important is regular church attendance? Dr. Bradford Wilcox writes in a 2016 reports published by the Institute for Family Studies that 78% of couples that attend church together regularly are very or extremely happy in marriage.
So, how do you get couples to come to Mass on Sundays after they get married?
In this webinar, marriage experts and authors of the Joined by Grace books, will examine four factors in marriage preparation that instill the attitudes and behaviors necessary to make marriage preparation successful. [Read More]
The Nuptial Mystery: The "New" Order of Celebrating Matrimony
October 11, 2016
Beginning on September 8, 2016, dioceses throughout the country began to implement the recently translated Order of Celebrating Matrimony. This webinar will explore both the theological and ritual changes to one of the earliest rites promulgated after the Second Vatican Council. It will also discuss [Read More]
Four Essential Practices for Great Catholic Parishes
October 4, 2016
What are the strategies and practices that parish leaders can use to make their churches great?
In this webinar Bill Simon, founder of Parish Catalyst and author of Great Catholic Parishes, will share some of the most important findings in an exhaustive and unprecedented study of 244 successful Catholic parishes. [Read More]
Latinos transform Catholic life in parishes, apostolic movements, liturgy and devotion, the faith formation of our children and youth, and much more. This webinar will examine faith and ministries among Hispanic communities, with the hope of enriching the faith and leadership of all participants.
This webinar is presented only in Spanish. [Read More]
Early in his career, John Henry Cardinal Newman posed a question: What single factor led to the early Church's success in spreading Christianity even in the face of incredible obstacles? Here’s a similar question: Why are so many young people leaving the Church when we have better resources for teaching the Faith than ever before? [Read More]
Using strategies and stories from his book To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, Jared Dees offers ten highly practical and easy-to-implement approaches to evangelizing ministry that have the potential to transform your parish. These approaches are based on the work of thriving ministers and ministries seeing growth in the number of people who are passionate about the Catholic faith. [Read More]
Marriage preparation and enrichment programs always seem caught between a rock and a hard place. Should they focus more on practical tips or theological truths? Is it possible to integrate the two?
Tapping into their experience developing a pre-Cana program and their book, The Four Keys to Everlasting Love, which is based on the teachings of St. John Paul II, Dr. Manny and Karee Santos will show how couples [Read More]
How can parishes get parents and families excited about the Year of Mercy? Authors, speakers, small group leaders, and conference organizers Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet will share ten ways parishes can invite families to practice the works of mercy in their communities, especially during the Year of Mercy. [Read More]
Do you find yourself stuck in the same disagreements with colleagues and staff members over and over again? Are you avoiding a situation in the hope that it will just go away?
Join author and national speaker Ann Garrido as she offers a framework for analyzing the conflicts that pop up in any ministry. [Read more]
What does it take to do evangelization in the Church today? We are evangelizing when we help people--whether they be students, coworkers, neighbors, friends, or complete strangers--move from "disengaged" to "engaged." To do this requires personal, joyful, and prayerful invitations to others to encounter Jesus Christ, the subject and catalyst of our evangelization in the first place.[Read More}
With millions of displaced refugees and migrants in our world, and many at our doorstep, what is our faith response? Scripture reveals that the best way to encounter the living God is to engage with strangers. How can we as individuals and as the Church do that in a dangerous world? [Read More]
The Holy Spirit wants to animate the lives and impact the ministries of Catholic leaders today. In this webinar, popular preacher and charismatic leader, Fr. Dave Pivonka, T.O.R., will discuss what it looks like to live a life in relationship with the Holy Spirit. Webinar participants will come to understand the how living a life led by the Spirit will bear fruit in their lives and in their parishes and parish ministries. [Read More]
In this webinar Sr. Terry Rickard, Executive Director of RENEW International, will reflect on the Year of Mercy and offer practical ways our parishes can bring mercy into people's hearts and homes, especially during the Advent season. [Read More]
The New Testament is a lot to understand! Twenty-seven books, eight different authors (at least), four different biographies of Jesus—how do we make sense of it all?
Join Dr. John Bergsma, professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, for a short "guided tour" through the New Testament. [Read More]
10 Ways to Get the Most Out of NCYC Before, After, and During the Event
Presented by: An expert panel discussion
Nov 10, 2015
Whether you are attending NCYC this year, hope to attend in the future, or you are gathering groups of teens for another Catholic youth conference this year, join us for and discover new ways to inspire the adolescents in your parish. [Read More]
Understanding and Sharing Pope Francis's Encyclical, Laudato Si
Oct 27, 2015
In this webinar Ted Miles, Youth and Education Relationship Manager at Catholic Relief Services, highlights some of the core themes of the Holy Father’s recent encyclical in light of the environmental challenges faced by the world’s most vulnerable people. Explore the collection of resources offered by Catholic Relief Services and others that aid in fostering dialogue and faith-filled engagement with young people on this core issue of our time. [Read more]
Rebuilding Your Message: A Webinar for Parish Leaders
Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
October 6, 2015
Communication is fundamental to our human experience. When it comes to the parish, it is a vitally important work. When you boil it down, much of the work parish leaders do in the Church all comes down to communication. We have been given the important task of communicating God’s love, mercy, and justice to a fallen and broken world. Our message matters now…[Read more]
Spiritual Direction is the ministry of being a trusted companion for another person on their spiritual journey. It offers a person the time and space to discern, discover, and grow in their relationship with God, the sacred, and what they hold most holy. [Read More]
Even with the profusion of modern resources and training in Catholic ministry and formation today, parish leaders continue feel ineffective at overcoming the superficial lives of the people they lead.
Is there a "key" to effective ministry and leadership? What are some of the Holy Spirit's... [Read More]
At a time when divorce has become an everyday occurrence in society, parish leaders may feel at a loss as to how to address the overwhelming needs of the many divorced Catholics in their communities. With the wide range of emotions, questions, and dilemmas these [Read More]
In this webinar Christopher Wesley, Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity, will break down some of the practical steps in his new book Rebuilding Youth Ministry. He will offer five steps that any youth minister can take to build (or rebuild) an effective and engaging youth ministry in the local parish. [Read More]
In this webinar for parish ministers, Father Cameli will draw insights from his book The Devil You Don't Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life and make applications to the struggles we frequently encounter in our parish life together.
Cameli will expose the four ordinary works of the devil: deception, division, diversion, and discouragement. He will also offer some specific responses that we can make in the context of parish life and parish ministry. [Read More]
In anticipation of Thomas Merton's 100th birthday celebration, author and Merton expert, Jonathan Montaldo, will provide parish ministers with a unique perspective on contemplative prayer and demonstrate how we can integrate it into our lives or the lives of the people we serve. [Read More]
Best Practices in Catholic Youth Ministry
Alison Griswold, Katie Prejean, Tony Vasinda, & Christopher Wesley
September 30, 2014
There are a number of opportunities and challenges facing youth ministers in the Church today. One of the best ways to improve the way we reach out to and build relationships with Catholic teenagers is to share ideas with others in the field. Listen in on a panel of nationally known parish youth ministers as they share their success stories and growth moments. [Read More]
Best Practices for Catechesis with Hispanics Webinar
Jule Blevins, Maria Covarrubias, & Peter Ductram
September 24, 2014
According to the most recent U.S. census, 59% of Catholics in the United States are Hispanic/Latino(a). At the same time, a decreasing percentages of Hispanics stay Catholic as adults. This means it is essential for the Church to reach out with open hearts to welcome newcomers to Catholic parishes. It is time to implement changes in the way we evangelize and catechize within the Church. [Read More]
Making an offering of the day every morning, reviewing how that offering went at the end of the day, and being united to the offering of Christ's sacrifice everyday in the Eucharist lays out a path for our daily prayer as ministers of the Church.
These basic reference points, highlighted by some contributions of Ignatian spirituality, can be a a great help in the faith formation of ministers, their parishioners, and their families in a common response to the universal call to holiness. [Read more]
Pope Francis on Faith and Evangelization: Insights into Lumen Fidei and Evangelii Gaudium
May 13, 2014
In the first year of his papacy, Pope Francis gave us two incredible documents to read, study, and apply to our daily lives. Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) offers an overview and reflection on the meaning of faith and how it is important in the life of the Church and in the lives of individual Christians. Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) is a call to arms for the Christian faithful to step out of their comfort zones and become missionary disciples and spirit-filled evangelizers.
Jared Dees, author of The Lumen Fidei Study Guide and moderator of this Professional Development Webinar Series, will share some reflections for Catholic faith formation and evangelziation based on these two very important documents.
Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life
April 29, 2014
This webinar is for all those who truly desire to share Jesus' powerful love with others, and who personally long for ever deepening healing encounters with Him. With over thirty-five years of experience in parish ministry and in working intimately with Church leaders, Bob Schuchts has led many into profound healing encounters with Jesus. [Read more]
The Secret to Teaching Adults in the RCIA
Nick Wagner, director and founder of TeamRCIA.com
April 8, 2014
When you are leading a catechetical session, do you ever wonder if folks are really getting it? Will your teaching make any difference in their lives? How do you know if you are having any impact at all? [Read more]
Seven Habits that Define our Catholic Identity
March 25, 2014
In this informative webinar based on his book The Heart of Catholicism, Bert Ghezzi presents a vivid picture of what it means to be a Catholic. He describes in a lively popular format seven practices that shape us as Catholics. [read more]
Reclaiming Francis: 10 Lessons Parish Workers Can Learn from the Saint and Pope
Msgr. Charles Murphy
March 11, 2014
Msgr. Charles Murphy, who has served as pastor of four parishes, distills from the examples of the saint who was commissioned to "Rebuild my Church" and of the pope who took his name ten practical ways we can rebuild the Church in our day. [read more]
Starting and Sustaining Effective Young Adult Ministries
Presented by: A panel of experts using a roundtable format
February 25, 2014
In this panel discussion, a group of Catholic young adult leaders will discuss the current state of young adult ministry in the Catholic Church and share their greatest successes and learning experiences in reaching this very important group of people.
The primary focus of the discussion will be getting started in young adult ministry and building up momentum and participation in a Catholic community as a means of evangelization.
Where Two or Three are Texting: Incarnation and Sacrament in a Virtual World
Jonathan F. Sullivan
February 18, 2014
The young people in our schools and parishes are increasingly citizens of a virtual world where they carry out many traditionally “physical” activities, including living out their faith! Other Christian communities are experimenting with “online church.” What is an "online church" and is it an option for Catholics? How does the "digital continent" influence the way we prepare young people and catechumens to receive the sacraments?
This webinar will explore these questions and offer some... [read more]
The Living Gospel: "Warming Hearts" this Lent through Witness and Story
Theresa Rickard, O.P
February 4, 2014
Pope Francis encourages us to be a Church that warms hearts. One of the best ways to warm hearts, whether teaching or preaching, is through witness and story: helping people encounter God in the ordinary stuff of life.
Sr. Terry Rickard, O.P., president and executive director of RENEW International, will share best practices for gathering powerful... [read more]
Tools for Rebuilding Your Parish
Presented by Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
December 3, 2013
The process of rebuilding a parish often requires some very practical tools to make a church function smoothly. Little things can become big things and major distractions if we do not manage them correctly.
In this webinar, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, bestselling authors of Rebuilt and the new book Tools for Rebuilding, will share some of the important... [read more]
Bringing Hope to the Bereaved in Your Parish: Insights from the Seasons of Hope Approach
M. Donna MacLeod
November 19, 2013
Join M. Donna MacLeod, a nationally recognized hospice care and bereavement specialist and author of Seasons of Hope: Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups and Participant Journals, as we explore what makes the Seasons of Hope bereavement group approach truly minister to the spiritual side of grieving. [Read more]
Faith Formation for Families with Six Sacred Rules
Tim and Sue Muldoon
November 5, 2013
For centuries, the spiritual tradition of Saint Ignatius has contributed to the faith formation of thousands of priests and religious men and women. In recent decades, lay men and women have turned to this tradition for in their spiritual lives. In their new book, Six Sacred Rules for Families, Tim and Sue Muldoon open up this tradition to Catholic families seeking spiritual growth in the domestic church. [read more]
Rebuilding Parishioners: Moving from Consumers to Contributors
October 29, 2013
Jesus established the Church to be a movement, yet so many of our parishes have become static institutions. Some of our members come to meet an obligation or to set a good example for their kids. Others come to be consumers.
If the Church is to be a movement, it means that individuals have to move. In this webinar, Tom Corcoran, co-author of the best-selling book Rebuilt, will look at six practical strategies that...[read more]
"Marketing" Catholic Marriage in a Post-marriage World
Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak
October 22, 2013
In this provocative and eye-opening webinar, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak (POP-chak) offer a side-by-side "product comparison" of the five types of marriage and marriage-like relationships from which most couples choose. More importantly, they also explore what makes Catholic marriage unique above all other relationships. [read more]
The Spirituality of Administration: Turning Mundane Tasks into Redeeming Work
October 15, 2013
Administration is often critiqued both by those within and without the profession as work that takes good, fun-loving people and turns them into anxious curmudgeons. It doesn't have to be that way.
Speaking out of her own experience as an administrator in theological education, Ann Garrido will look at practices of administration that can be potentially...[read more]
Msgr. Stephen Rossetti's Thoughts on the Priesthood Today
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti
October 8, 2013
In this webinar, Msgr. Stephen Rossetti will talk about the challenges of ministering as a priest today in this increasingly secular culture. He will talk about the specific demands this secular culture makes upon the priests and how to...[read more]
Catholics Going Mobile: Opportunities for Evangelization Using Mobile Apps
October 1, 2013
How can the the Catholic Church use mobile technology as a part of the New Evangelization? How can we make sure the Church is not left behind the times as an increasing number of Catholics use mobile apps daily?... [read more]
5 Ways to Bring Your Parish to Life using the First Spiritual Exercises
Michael Hansen, S.J.
September 24, 2013
This Webinar will give you the top five ways to use the first Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in your parish. After a short general introduction, the methods are explained. The webinar will end with question and answer time. Fr. Michael may bring both clarity to understanding the First Spiritual Exercises and... [read more]
The Spiritual Formation of Catechists: 10 Simple Ways to Transform Volunteers into Witnesses
September 17, 2013
In this webinar for catechetical leaders, parish DRE/CRE's, and diocesan leaders in evangelization and catechesis, Jared Dees, creator of the popular website TheReligionTeacher.com, presents ten simple ways for ongoing spiritual formation of catechists. [read more]
Open the Doors: Seven Approaches to an Encounter with Christ
September 10, 2013
In the spirit of this year’s Catechetical Sunday theme “Open the Doors of Faith,” Lee Nagel, Executive Director for the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, will share the seven key elements in creating an environment that [read more]
Growing the Next Generation of Disciples through Small Groups
August 20, 2013
Chris Wesley, Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity (the inspiration for the book Rebuilt, will focus on why small groups are essential to student ministry, what a healthy small group looks like, and how you can get them started in your parish. [read more]
13 Ways to Become a Better Religious Educator During
June 4, 2013
Jared Dees, author of the new book 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, will share thirteen exercises and scriptural reflections for religious educators to increase their effectiveness as master-teachers. Participants will renew their sense of mission as they reflect on this past school year and... [read more]
Helping Real Men Pray the Rosary in Your Parish
May 14, 2013
David Calvillo, author of the new book Real Men Pray the Rosary, shares insights into his experiences growing a ministry centered on praying the Rosary. [read more]
Parishes, New Media, and the New Evangelization: A Roundtable Discussion
Presented by: A panel of experts using a roundtable format
May 7, 2013
In this edition of the Ave Maria Press Professional Development Webinar Series, we will host a number of new media and new evangelization experts in a roundtable discussion about how parishes can use digital media to reach new people and connect with their parishioners. [read more]
Bodacious! 10 Discussion Starters about the Feminine Genius during the Year of Faith
Pat Gohn, and Endow's Executive Director and Bodacious Foreword writer, Terry Polakovic.
April 30, 2013
In this webinar Pat Gohn, author of the new book Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, and Endow's Executive Director and Bodacious Foreword writer, Terry Polakovic, discuss the top themes that celebrate the gift of womanhood from a Catholic perspective. [Read more]
Cultivating Contemplation in Your Parish through Photography
Christine Valters Paintner
April 23, 2013
Join Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, the online Abbess of http://www.AbbeyoftheArts.com, as we explore the gifts and possibilities photography can offer parish communities. The lens of the camera will be our guide in learning how [read more]
Rebuilt: Introducing Positive Change into Your Parish
Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
March 19, 2013
Many parishes are struggling to maintain membership, regain relevance, and grow momentum. Numbers are declining and the influence the Church has on the people in the pews is [read more]
Before They Do: Helping Couples Prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage
February 19, 2013
In this Webinar, Anthony Garascia will focus on how host couples or group sessions can help engaged couples prepare best for their marriage. Critical issues of [read more]
What Are You Craving in 2013? Five Ways to Restore Sanity and Serenity to Your Relationship with Food
Mary DeTurris Poust
February 5, 2013
It's the start of a new year, a time when most of us reflect on our lives and set some goals. But are we approaching our resolutions from the wrong perspective? Maybe dropping ten pounds has less to do with the food we eat and more to do with the messages we play in our heads and [read more]
Simplifying the Soul: Renewing Lenten Practice
January 22, 2013
We often think of Lent as a season of deprivation. We're supposed to "give up" something we love (chocolate, wine, movies) for the next six weeks, though we're never quite sure why. What's more, we can hardly wait until it's over so we can go back to "normal life." But there's [read more]
Living the Gospel: From Ash to Living Flame
Fr. Scott Hurd
January 15, 2013
Lent can be a blessed season of renewal if kept in a meaningful and realistic way. Doing so can be a challenge in our overscheduled, secularized world, but it is far from impossible! Join Fr. Scott Hurd for this webinar to explore how to encourage and [read more]
Bereavement Ministry: Giving Voice to Our Grief and Suffering
David Aaker and Jan Nelson
December 4, 2012
In this webinar, authors David Aaker and Jan Nelson will help participants give voice to those who suffer, as well as those who care for the suffering. How do we give voice to ambiguous losses, for example, when we lose our job, become [read more]
The Emerging Models Project: Key Pastoral Implications
Neil A. Parent
November 27, 2012
Major findings and implications of the three-year, phase two, "Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership" project will be the subject of a concluding symposium this fall. This webinar will summarize the key findings and implications that emanate from the seminar and [read more]
A Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christmas
November 13, 2012
Luke the Evangelist was a brilliant storyteller who used two powerful rhetorical tools in his birth narrative: questions and poetry. In the first chapter of his gospel there are four moments where a question is asked by a character in the story, and those questions are designed subtly by Luke to reach off the pages, transcend [read more]
O Radiant Dawn: Ministering to Families (and Yourself) this Advent Season
Lisa M. Hendey
November 8, 2012
As clergy, religious, ministry professionals, laity, family members, and parents, we strive to make Advent a season of prayerful preparation for those around us, but we often fall prey to the busyness and demands of the season. Join author Lisa Hendey for a look at how to make this Advent season meaningful for yourself and others, while [read more]
I’m Called to be an Agent of What?! Catechists and Teachers and the New Evangelization
October 16, 2012
This year the Catechetical Sunday theme was, "Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization." In this webinar, Lori Dahlhoff, Executive Director of the NCEA Department of Religious Education, explores what the church means by the "new evangelization" [read more]
Supporting Motherhood: Facing the Challenges from a Parish Perspective
October 9, 2012
In a parish environment, there is an increasing need for volunteers in various ministries and yet there is also an audience that needs ministry attention: mothers. It's a group that serves others in many invisible ways and yet is often ignored and overtapped. Sarah Reinhard, author of A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy, will consider how we minister to mothers within our parish communities. [read more]
Exploring the National Certification Process for Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Dr. J. Michael McMahon and Christopher Anderson
October 2, 2012
This webinar explores the national certification process for lay ecclesial ministers. Christopher Anderson of the National Association of Lay Ministers (NALM) and Dr. J. Michael McMahon of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) explain the background to the new lay ecclesial minister certification process. The presentation includes an overview of the whole process and a review of the steps to certification that applicants should follow. [read more]
Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality: New Paths to Understanding
Rev. Louis J. Cameli
September 25, 2012
Rev. Louis J. Cameli, nationally renowned pastoral leader and priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will explore the cultural, ecclesial, and pastoral context within which he wrote his recently published book, Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality. The webinar will introduce participants to the topics of the book as well as extend the conversation for those participants who already have some familiarity with it. [read more]
View from the Pews: Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership's Parishoner Survey Results
Presented by: Melissa Cidade
Hosted by: Neil Parent
June 12, 2012
Join Melissa Cidade, director of CARA's Pastoral Assistance Surveys and Services (PASS), and Neil Parent, project director for Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership for a presentation on the results of in-pew surveys of parishioners that participated in the Emerging Models project. [read more]
How to Get Through the Bible in an Hour
Dr. John Bergsma
May 22, 2012
The Bible is so long, it's easy to lose sight of the forest, because you're lost in the trees. Join Dr. John Bergsma, associate professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, as he shares perspectives, techniques, and light-hearted sketches that make it easy to learn, remember, and teach the "big picture" of the Bible storyline. [read more]
Perspectives from Parish Leaders: Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership's Parish Leader Survey Results
Presented by Mark Gray
Hosted by: Neil Parent
May 15, 2012
This presentation is designed to provide a current view of the state of US parishes from those providing ministry and service in them. It also provides insight on where parish leaders are coming from with an eye toward the next generation. Special topics of focus include comparison of the views of parish leaders and parishioners in traditional parishes to those in parishes that are using multiple parish ministry [read more]
Navigating Course II: Who is Jesus Christ?
April 26, 2012
In the highly Christological USCCB Framework sequence, Course II: Who Is Jesus Christ?, provides the core opportunity for teens to know and understand how God fully reveals himself in his Son, the Second Person of the Trinity. [read more]
Sacred Heart Devotion Today
James Kubicki, S.J.
April 24, 2012
In years past, Sacred Heart devotion was integral to the spiritual lives of individuals and communities. Today, that devotion is often viewed as sentimental and old-fashioned. In this webinar, Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., national director of the Apostleship of Prayer, will explain how devotion [read more]
Infertility: Spiritual Care and Practical Support for
Angelique Ruhi-LópezandCarmen Santamaría
March 29, 2012
Infertility is a cross that affects one in six couples in the United States. Amid all of the emotions that come with experiencing infertility, Catholic couples face additional confusion, worry, and [read more]
From Print Textbooks to eTextbooks: Navigating the Transition
with Relative Ease
March 28, 2012
The growing need for eTextbooks from schools in recent years has been incredible. With the launch of the iPad, many more schools have decided to switch to 1:1 programs and many schools are...[read more]
Catholics Going Green: Our Call to Stewardship and the Journey of Living Environmental Justice
March 20, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has said that "We cannot simply do what we want with this Earth of ours, with what has been entrusted to us. Our earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher..."[read more]
Catholic Social Teaching and Living the Gospel Today
Fr. Kevin McKenna
February 28, 2012
In 1998, the US Catholic Bishops identified seven major themes around which we can explore the vast body of the Church's social teaching. In the years since, they continue to urge all Catholics to study...[read more]
The Changing Face of Catholic Parishes
Mark M. Gray and Neil A. Parent
May 17, 2011
According to the first major comprehensive study of Catholic parish life in nearly 30 years, changes are occurring that are impacting the shape of... [read more]
Teens and Chastity: Implementing the USCCB's New Document, Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living
Sr. Kieran Sawyer, SSND
May 10, 2011
Everyone agrees that our young people need education in chastity, but few seem to know how to go about imparting that essential information to them.... [read more]
Digital Ministry and Social Media
Lisa M. Hendey
April 26, 2011
Today's Church is seeking to serve an increasingly "wired" population. Join Lisa M. Hendey of CatholicMom.com and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms for an overview of social media technologies... [read more]
Up in the Sky and Down to Earth: A Catholic Conversation on Climate and Creation Care
Dan Misleh and Kyle Kramer
April 12, 2011
Dan Misleh, the executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, teams up with author and farmer Kyle Kramer for this thought-provoking webinar.... [read more]
Pastoral Leadership in the Christian Community
Br. Loughlan Sofield, S.T., and Sr. Carroll Juliano
March 29, 2011
John Quincy Adams defined leadership this way: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, to learn more, to do more and to be more than they are, then you are a leader."... [read more]
Technology Tips for Religious Educators
March 10, 2011
Technology is changing fast. With so many new developments in e-textbooks, websites, software, apps, and online resources, it is easy for teachers to get overwhelmed.... [read more]
Catholic Moms: Building and Sustaining Small Groups to Support the Vocation of Motherhood
Lisa M. Hendey
March 8, 2011
Today’s population of Catholic Moms want and need spiritual support just as past generations did, but reaching out to them and meeting their various needs can be a challenge.... [read more]
Open Our Hearts: Exploring the Spiritual Riches of Lent
Donna Ciangio, O.P., and Fr. Tom Iwanowski
February 15, 2011
Lent is the time when the Church is on retreat. It is a time for all of us to look deep within through prayer, reflection, worship, and journeying with others.... [read more]
Pastoral Planning As a Way of Being Church
William L. Pickett
February 8, 2011
Pastoral planning is more than a way of dealing with a set of practical problems faced by dioceses and parishes: imbalances between human, financial, and facility resources... [read more]
Celebrating the Four Pillars of Our Catholic Faith
Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi
January 25, 2011
Join Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi for an informative reflection on the four pillars of the faith, creed, sacraments, morality, and prayer, as set forth in the... [read more]
Communicating for Parish Vitality: Styles and Skills
Sr. Margaret J. Kelly DC, and Dr. Larry Boone of The Vincentian Center for Church and Society
January 11, 2011
Good communication methods are central to the vitality of any organization, including a parish. However, as the demands on ministerial leaders increase,... [read more]
Win It All for God's Kids; Be More Passionate than a Football Coach
December 2, 2010
Do you know this man? He's the person with intricate headphones pacing back and forth on the worn, dew-covered turf every Friday night. He's your... [read more]
The Spirituality of Supervision
November 9, 2010
Often as experienced ministers we are asked to mentor and/or supervise a new minister in the field. As Ann Garrido discusses in her book, A Concise Guide to Supervising a Ministry Student, quality mentoring can provide... [read more]
E-Textbook Teaching Strategies
In this Webinar presented by Ave Maria Press, you will learn teaching strategies for educating teenage digital natives using laptops and ebooks.... [read more]
The Unsheltered Heart: Exploring the Spiritual Riches of Advent with Fr. Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C.
Fr. Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C.
Advent is a new beginning for all people. It is a time to awaken within us a deep desire Christ's presence and to awaken our hearts to God's faithfulness.... [read more]
The Catholic Spirit: Integrating Literature and Art into Religious Education
Are you looking for ways to inspire young people to learn about their faith? Literature, art, and film can be excellent tools to encourage students to... [read more]
Management for Ministry: Emerging Trends and Necessary Skills for Leaders
Mary Ann Dantuano and Dr. Larry Boone of The Vincentian Center for Church and Society
September 8, 2010
In partnership with the National Association for Lay Ministry and the National Conference for Catechetical Leaders, Ave Maria Press is pleased to share this video.... [read more]
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