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Tending to Grieving Hearts: Insights on Listening Well
Presented by: M. Donna MacLeod
Date: Nov 19, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

How comfortable are you when ministry or everyday life leads you to brokenhearted people who want to talk about their grief? Has anyone ever said that you are a good listener? It’s much more than a compliment. Good listening skills are a basic essential for those of us who take to heart Christ’s call to kindness. Join M. Donna MacLeod--a nationally recognized grief ministry specialist and author of Seasons of Hope: Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups and its accompanying participant journals--as we explore the essential elements of compassionate listening. We’ll look at some ways to prepare ourselves and welcome sharing, as well as the essence of grief stories and how faith often impacts heartfelt grieving.



There is a Place for Gay Catholics in the Church
Presented by: Eve Tushnet
Date: Nov 26, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

When gay people come to Church--or when gay kids grow up Catholic--what do they see? We want them to see hope for their futures, and possibilities for flourishing in harmony with the Church. But, do they? This webinar will explore practical approaches to meeting people's basic needs, so that we can "bear one another's burdens" and receive one another's gifts. We will also consider the resources scripture and Catholic teaching offer to build communities where gay people can give and receive love.



(Re)lighting the Digital Way: Ministering to the Cyberbullied and the Cyberbullies
Presented by: Jodi Hunt
Date: Dec 3, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

According to a Pew Research study, 85 percent of young people are connected to social media. Today’s youth and young adults, now more than ever, need ministers to help them form meaningful responses when they encounter toxic digital environments. This webinar will explore cyberbullying–its effects, and what pastoral ministers can do to help youth and young adults be the digital disciples Christ is calling them to be.



Accompaniment and Formation of Young Adult Missionary Disciples
Presented by: Rosie Shawver
Date: Dec 10, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Accompaniment is the new Catholic buzzword. What does this mean and what are some practical steps in the accompaniment of young adults? This webinar will give real-life, practical examples and advice on how to accompany and form young adults as missionary disciples.



Implementing Christus Vivit in Family Life and Ministry
Presented by:  Julia Dezelski, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the USCCB.
Date: TBD
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Youth and young adults are the future of the Church; they are also the future of families, the domestic church. In this webinar, we will examine Pope Francis’s recent post-synodal exhortations Christus Vivit and Amoris Laetitia as a continuum of formation: recognizing that the youth are the fruit of the family and the seeds of future generations. We will explore how pastoral leaders can implement both exhortations to enrich their ministry with youth and families.




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