The Challenge to Care for Our Common Home

As I write today, it is pouring rain and once again my neighborhood is under a flash flood watch. While this might be normal for some parts of the world, I live in a place that proudly boasts 300 days of sunshine per year. The Colorado Mountains are known for clean air, blue skies and plenty of sunshine and those of us who live here love to get outside and hike, bike, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.

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Fostering a Culture of Encounter with Young Disciples

Fostering a Culture of Encounter with Young Disciples

Join us and thousands of people from around the world starting April 12, 2015 for a five-week free online learning experience on helping young people encounter Christ and the Church! Each week will have a Master Teacher(s) focusing the topic around a chapter from the apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel. Surrounding that topic will be other experts and practitioners helping you put that theme into context in a variety of NetSourcing Learning Communities, such as clergy, parents, faith formation, and ministry with high school youth, middle school youth, or young adults. 

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Partnering with a Purpose

I have always believed in Catholic Relief Services, its mission, and its work. So when CRS invited the Center for Ministry Development to partner in developing FoodFast for 2015, we said YES without hesitation. FoodFast is CRS' 24-hour interactive experience for youth which engages them in exploring issues of hunger while fasting and raising money to feed those who go to bed hungry every night.

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Announcing New CMD Staff

I am excited to announce an addition to our ministry staff. Angel Barrera will join the Center for Ministry Development as a Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services on January 5, 2015. Angel has over 10 years of experience in ministry with youth and families in parish, campus ministry and diocesan settings. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He has been serving as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Brownsville.

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Hail Mary Ministry

My wife and I were visiting our daughter's at their college football game this month. It was a great 59 minutes of football for the home team, until a Hail Mary pass in the last ten seconds gave victory to the other side. This was a surprising and disappointing experience, but it made me think about why we call it a "Hail Mary" pass.

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Best of Youth Ministry Access for March

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Journeying Through Lent February 17 through April 3 Loving God Through Lent by Meghan Hernandez (middle school)Praying Lent: Stones and Ashes by Hugo De La Rosa III (middle school)Return to God with All Your Heart: Preparing for Lent by Katherine Spillman (middle school)Lent Revealed: Extended Service Event by Brenda Cline (high school)Lent is...
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Announcement of the Cancellation of Young Neighbors in Action and Just5Days (February 22, 2021)

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Dear friends, At the Center for Ministry Development, we take the trust placed in us by families, parishes, and schools very seriously. We made a commitment to provide programs this summer if we could do so safely. This week, CMD again consulted with Dr. Stephen Hawes, Epidemiologist for the University of Washington. Dr. Hawes recommended that we c...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for February

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Honoring February Feast Days February 3, St. Blaise St. Blaise: Bless My Voice so that I May Speak the Truth by Susan Searle (middle school)February 8, St. Josephine BakhitaSt Josephine Bakhita: Saint of Hope by Susan Searle (high school) February 22, St. PeterThe Passion-Driven Life: Saints Peter and Paul as models for living a Christian Lifestyle...
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Announcing Transformed Ministry Programs

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Attention: Ministry Leaders and Colleagues of the Center for Ministry Development Dear Friend, The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) has provided resources, training, and programs to support Catholic Youth Ministry leaders since 1978. That is our passion and our mission. For the last 18 months, I have been working with our board to determine wa...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for January

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Rejoice in the Season of Christmas with Youth January 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mary, the Mother of God: We, too, are Theotokos! by Leota Roesch (high school) Praying with Mary: Direction for Life by Cheryl M. Tholcke (high school)Following Mary's Example: Saying Yes to God by Ann Marie Eckert (high school)The Many Faces of Mary: Who is S...
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