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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Anti-Racism is the Only Catholic Response

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After the recent death of George Floyd, Pope Francis sent a strong message to U.S. Catholics condemning the "sin of racism" and asking us to pay attention to the racism that is happening in our own communities and churches. According to the Holy Father, "We cannot close our eyes to any form of racism or exclusion, while pretending to defend the sac...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for July

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Honoring God and Country July 4 - Independence Day Faithful Citizenship: Mixing Faith and Politics by Sean Lansing (high school)The Christian Patriot: Loving God and Country by Sean Lansing (high school) Honoring the Saints of July July 3 - St. Thomas the Apostle Blessed are Those Who Have Not Seen, But Believe: Putting an End to Being a Doubting T...
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Prepare Young People for Confirmation Online or In-Person

Youth Ministry Access and Confirmation
Prepare Young People for Confirmation Online or In-Person with NEW Flexible Resources from Youth Ministry Access Your parish will need flexible ways to prepare youth for Confirmation this fall. We are excited to announce our updated resources for an online approach to sacramental preparation for Confirmation! Each youth session is designed for...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for June

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Celebrating Feast Days with Young People May 31 - Pentecost Sunday Appreciating Diversity: Let the Spirit Lead the Way by Evelyn Gonzalez (high school) Celebrating the Spirit: Preparing for Pentecost (An Intergenerational Learning Experience) by Mariette Martineau (high school and middle school) God the Holy Spirit: The Power of Pentecost in t...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for May

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Honoring May Feast Days May 10 - St. Damien de Veuster of Moloka'iPraying with Saint Damien de Veuster of Molokai by Robert Feduccia (high school)May 10 - Ascension of JesusThe Ascension: Continuing the Good News by Cheryl Tholcke (high school)Rise Up! Fun with Balloons by Ann Marie Eckert (high school)Go Fly a Kite! By Brenda Cline (middle school)...
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