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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:

Four Essential Practices for Great Catholic Parishes
Presented by: Bill Simon, founder of Parish Catalyst and author of Great Catholic Parishes
Date: October 4, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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.



The Nuptial Mystery: The "New" Order of Celebrating Matrimony
Presented by: Timothy O'Malley
Date: October 11, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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 how formation for this rite in dioceses and parish can be a catalyst for the New Evangelization.



Four Factors that Make Marriage Preparation a Success
Presented by: John and Teri Bosio, marriage experts and authors of the Joined by Grace books
Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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.



Exploring “12 Little Ways” to Embrace the Evangelical Mission of the Church
Presented by: Dr. Susan Muto, author of Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart
Date: November 15, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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 six lessons that they share with anyone in their parish who is committed to becoming reanimated followers of Christ in today’s world.



The Witness Webinar: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace that Illumine Our Lives
Presented by: Leonard J. DeLorenzo, author of Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace That Illumine Our Lives
Date: December 6, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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 seven principles for crafting stories of grace for teens, young adults, and even not-so-young-anymore adults that allow us to speak of God's action in our lives persuasively and in real terms.




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