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

Pro-Life and Pro-Woman: How to Empower a Culture of Faithful Feminism
Presented by: Claire Swinarski, host of The Catholic Feminist podcast, and author of Girl, Arise!
Date: Mar 26, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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 to be truly pro-woman is to be pro-life. This webinar will help you effectively communicate about pro-life issues within your parish in a way that’s dignifying, graceful, and scientifically accurate.



Does Your Parish Need a Fresh Approach to Marriage Preparation?
Presented by: Deacon Stephen Bowling, director of the Office of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville
Date: Apr 9, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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.



The 5 Habits of Prayerful People: Fresh Strategies for an Overscheduled Life
Presented by: Michael St. Pierre, author of The 5 Habits of Prayerful People
Date: Apr 16, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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.




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