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

Talking to Teens About Suicide
Presented by: Roy Petitfils
Date: Sep 24, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens today. Teens want us--parents, teachers, parish ministers, and youth leaders--to talk with them about suicide, even though they may not initiate the conversation. While it is uncomfortable to talk about, it is essential that we engage teens in this tough conversation. This webinar will help those working in parishes, youth ministry, and schools learn:

  • How to identify the warning signs for suicide, including what teens do and communicate via social media and online
  • Which youth are at risk for suicide
  • Research-based safe messaging guidelines for discussing suicide with teens
  • Common questions from teens and suggestions for responding to them.



Examining Christus Vivit
Presented by: Katie Prejean McGrady
Date: Oct 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Pope Francis's exhortation from the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment is filled with insights, initiatives, and inspiration that will affect the way youth and young adult ministry happens in coming years. In this webinar, Katie Prejean McGrady--who participated in the pre-Synod meetings in Rome on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops--will reflect on:

  • how Christus Vivit lays out a framework for ministry programs
  • what the Pope is encouraging youth leaders to focus on when engaging young people, and
  • what it means for ministry going forward.



Companions in Conflict
Presented by: Ann M. Garrido
Date: Oct 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

When we are in times of tension with families, friends, and fellow church members, we can end up feeling isolated and alone.  We feel as if we must be doing something wrong.  No one else has these problems, do they?  But a look at our Church’s history reveals that conflict is a part of every Christian’s life.  We are not alone.  We have companions on the journey and models of handling tension well.  Come along with Ann Garrido to discover five saints who were no strangers to conflict and who may have clues to help us unknot our own tough relationships.



Christ is King; Cash is Crucial
Presented by:  Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
Date: Oct 15, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Money is a useful tool. It is sometimes labeled as the root of all evil, but it can also be a font of charity. Admittedly, money can be an uncomfortable topic. And when it comes to money and the Church, that topic is even more uncomfortable. However, it is vitally important we get over our discomfort because we need money to do ministry and people need to give money in order to grow as disciples. In this webinar, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran—authors of the bestselling Rebuilt and the Rebuilt Parish series—will help you get more comfortable with the issue of money so that your parish can have the resources it needs to fund its mission and vision.




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