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People, Not Programs: Forming Leaders Who Accompany

Paul Sifuentes, Director of Youth Ministry at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Jake Teitgen, Director of Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville, IN

What happens when a new volunteer signs up to be a leader for young people in ministry? All over the country, people are signing up for this role, even now during the time of Covid-19. But how do ministry leaders help these volunteers understand that they’re doing much more than a once-a-week volunteer role? What moves an adult from signing up to help out to accompanying young people in their journey of faith? There’s no silver-bullet program that solves this for a volunteer, but there are principles that work for every program (even during a pandemic) that lead to forming young disciples. In this webinar, Paul Sifuentes and Jake Teitgen bring thirty years of youth ministry experience to the table to share the five key principles of small group leadership as they focus on people, not programs.

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¿Me Puede Enseñar?(Can you Teach Me?) A Guide to Educating Hispanic/Latino Students in Catholic High Schools

Pamela Patnode

Recent news reports have focused on the growing educational gap between white students and students of color, including Hispanic/Latino students. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the closing of schools that resulted, has exacerbated this gap.Historically, Catholic schools have had greater success with their Latino students than public schools have achieved. However, with the growing number of Latino English Language Learners students in Catholic high schools, more needs to be done to ensure these students are noticed, valued, and educated well.Rather than a theoretical discussion of best practices in equity instruction, Pamela Patnode will provide concrete, proven ideas used by Catholic high school educators in a high performing, culturally diverse, urban, Catholic school.

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Divorced. Catholic. Now What? - What the Church Needs to Do Better

Patty Breen

Patty Breen, a lay minister who has worked in parish ministry for ten years and began ministering to divorced Catholics for the last three to four years, will address how the Church can better support and encourage divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, bust common myths about annulments, and explain the difference between civil divorce and annulment. She will also offer practical resources to use in your parish and share some helpful and not-so-helpful things to say to someone going through a divorce.

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Humility of Heart: Keys to Understanding St. Benedict of Nursia

Susan Muto, Lori McMahon

Considered the father of western monasticism, St. Benedict of Nursia discloses in his rule the central importance of humility of heart. He grounds his understanding of this virtue in the integration of ora et labora (prayer and work) for the whole of Christian life. In this webinar, Susan Muto and Lori McMahon of the Epiphany Association—which promotes the teaching and research of formative spirituality—will discuss the Benedictine tradition, its place in the context of Christian spirituality, and its implications for ministry and everyday living.

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