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Join Ave Maria Press online for a series of free, professional development webinars 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 recordings at your convenience.

Watch the recordings of more than fifty Ave Maria Press webinars:

On the Way of Catechesis: Highlights of History, Hope for Ministry
Presented by: Gerard F. Baumbach, Author of The Way of Catechesis
Date: Sep 12, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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.

Indeed, our shared past informs our shared future for catechesis and the New Evangelization!



Creative Answers and Specific Approaches to Young Adult Faith Formation
Panelists include: Robert Feduccia, Amy McEntee, Gabriella Karaszweski, and Nicki Uerling.
Date: Sep 19, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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 authentic faith and in Christian community.

Suggested reading before the webinar: "Faith Formation with Young Adults" on the NCCL website blog.



Navigating the Transitions of Midlife Adult Faith
Presented by: Jim Merhaut
Date: Nov 7, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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 parishes accompanying Generation X in this season of life.

Suggested reading before the webinar: "Midlife Adult Faith" on the NCCL website blog.



El Credo: un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia
Presented by: Hosffman Ospino, Author of El Credo
Date: Nov 14, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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 y enamorarnos 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.



Adult Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults
Presented by: Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP
Date: Jan 23, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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 practical, usable, sensible, and realistic methods and practices.

Suggested reading before the webinar: "Adult Formation Practices for Mature Adults" on the NCCL website.





The opportunity to participate in these webinars is wonderful. Thank you so much for offering them. It is great to be able to consider important issues and hear from such very good presenters without having to leave my office (which I might not be able to do)! This is a great service that Ave Maria is offering. I am most appreciative.

Susan Kay Assistant Director of Religious Education/ Director for Catechetical Leadership Archdiocese of Boston