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Faith Formation with Older Adults
Date: Mar 6, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
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?

Suggested reading before the webinar: Faith Formation with Older Adults on the NCCL website (coming in February 2018)



Adult Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults
Presented by: Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP
Date: April 10, 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.



How to Form Saints, Not Just College Applicants
Presented by: Leonard J. DeLorenzo, author of What Matters Most
Date: Apr 17, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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 intentionally cultivate the characteristics of a saint. Far from a "one size fits all" program, the proposals shared in this presentation will give concrete ideas for families, schools, and parishes, and invite further missionary creativity from parents, Catholic educators, and pastoral leaders.



Forming Followers, Not Fans: How to Help Young People Meet Jesus
Presented by: Katie Prejean McGrady, author of Follow
Date: Apr 24, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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?  

The answer is quite simple: teach them to pray, help them dive into Scripture, lead them to the Sacraments, and give them opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. When we help them do these things (pray, read, receive, and serve), then Jesus becomes far more than a fairytale figure or concept in a textbook. He becomes someone with whom they can have a real, personal, and authentic relationship.



Rethink: Walking People through the Process of Conversion
Presented by: Paul George, author of Rethink Happiness
Date: May 1, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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 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