Joan is the Coordinator of the Family Bible Project and Co-Coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action at the Center for Ministry Development. She holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Creighton University and a Certificate in Faith and Justice.

Accidental Discernment

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Since Pope Francis announced the 2018 synod on young people and discernment, youth ministers have been reflecting on how we can support youth in discerning their life vocation and their daily choices. I personally have focused on how well I discern, since I can't help youth if I don't discernment myself. And that brings me to a life-changing event ...
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Five Tips for Recruiting Adult Leaders for Mission Trips

Five Tips for Recruiting Adult Leaders for Mission Trips
Many of us have been privileged to see young people on summer mission trips. These trips can be life-changing—challenging the youth to simplify their lifestyles, reach out in service back home on an ongoing basis, and say yes to their baptismal call to make the world a better place. There are many factors that contribute to making a mission trip mo...
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Helping Youth Embrace the Uncommon Good

Helping Youth Embrace the Uncommon Good
One of my favorite writing challenges over the past several years has been partnering with Catholic Relief Services to develop FoodFast, the hunger awareness experience designed to help youth deepen their faith as they actually make a difference for those who don't have enough food. Jane Angha and I, working closely with Ted Miles of CRS, had an am...
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