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 December

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Advent: Celebrate this Season of Anticipation with Youth Preparing Our Hearts: Youth-Led Advent Reconciliation Prayer Service by Susan Searle (High School) Anticipation Advent: The Joy in Waiting by Genni Sayers (Middle School) The Pursuit: Advent Labyrinth Walk by Hannah Quast (High School) 24 Hours of Hope: An Advent Retreat by Leslie Barkin (Mid...
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Empowering Courageous Missionaries [Free Online Event]

Empowering Courageous Missionaries
" Filled with the love of Christ, young people are called to be witnesses of the Gospel wherever they find themselves, by the way they live. " Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit , #175 ​In Christus Vivit , Pope Francis challenges us to respond to the Spirit's call to recognize youth ministry as a missionary experience - one that is ...
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Five Great Reasons Your School Should Choose a YNIA Summer Mission Trip!

"Young Neighbors in Action was a perfect fit for our school's mission. We engage their intellect through courses all year. YNIA gives us a very effective way to engage our students' hearts while they are out of the classroom. The proof of this comes through the comments from our students. They are deeply impacted by YNIA, and the conversion experie...
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Unlikely Prophets

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How easily we can ignore Jesus teaching "those of you without sin may throw the first stone." As a society, we are quick to judge others. In his song "Hands On" , Kanye West says that Christians will be the first ones to judge him. Arguably one of the more controversial rap music artists, husband to the ultra-famous Kim Kardashian, fashion designer...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for November

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November 1: Honoring the Saints A Cloud of Witnesses: The Church is a Communion of Saints by Jennifer Haman (High School) All Saints Day: A Feast Day for All by Catherine Brunell (Middle School Fifth Night) Communion of Saints: Among Holy People, Of Holy Things by Therese Brown (High School) Do You Have to be Dead to be a Saint? Called to be Holy b...
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