YOUTH DAY 2016 SCHEDULE
Religious Education Congress
Anaheim Convention Center
February 25, 2016 (Youth Day)
Every group must choose between the two tracks on Youth Day. Track 1 has the Arena sessions in the morning, Track 2 has the Arena in the afternoon. This allows every participant to experience all Arena activities while still allowing everyone to hear two additional workshops. To enter into the Arena for either Track 1 or Track 2, please line up and use the fountain doors nearest the Hilton Hotel. Your name badge will make it clear to which track you have been assigned. We ask you to not go to the Arena until your track's assigned time.
YOUTH DAY 2016 WORKSHOPS
Religious Education Congress
Anaheim Convention Center
February 25, 2016 (Youth Day)
BOTH YOUTH DAY TRACKS GET TO SEE OUR ARENA SPEAKER, AND YOU CAN MAKE YOUR SELECTION OF TWO WORKSHOPS FROM THE REMAINING 16 SPEAKERS WHOSE SESSIONS ARE HELD IN THE CONVENTION CENTER MEETING ROOMS.
ARENA: STEP UP THE HOPE
In this keynote, Dr. Ansel Augustine, along with The Psalm 119 Step Team of the New Orleans Archdiocese, will help us look at who we are as children of God. We will learn how to look at life, especially when we face challenges. God is always “in step” with us, and we must remember that no matter what we face, we already have victory in Christ and, therefore, we are called to live in hope.
Dr. Ansel Augustine & The Psalm 119 Step Team
Dr. Ansel Augustine has worked for over 15 years in his native New Orleans and is presently Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the New Orleans Archdiocese. He also serves on the faculty for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and is on the Board for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Augustine has presented workshops at youth rallies and national conferences around the country and has written various publications related to ministry.
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A BEYOND BORING: READING THE BIBLE FOR A CHANGE HALL B
Reading the Bible can seem boring, intimidating or pointless. So why would God give us the Scriptures? What does He want you to take from His Book, does it really matter to your life, and why should you care? Come laugh and learn with Mark Hart, as he dispels the myths, gives practical advice and, basically, kicks the devil in the face.
Mark Hart is Executive Vice President for Life Teen International. The best-selling and award-winning author and co-author of over a dozen books has traveled the globe speaking to millions. Hart is a regular guest on several Catholic radio programs, a co-host on SiriusXM Radio, and producer of a weekly podcast for Life Teen. He has a popular DVD Bible Study series “T3” and “Altaration.” His latest books include “Behold the Mystery” and “Zealous: Following Jesus with Guidance from St. Paul.”
B “I DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD; I BELIEVE IN SCIENCE” CONVENTION 210
“I don’t believe in God; I believe in science,” states Esqueleto, Nacho’s tag team partner in the movie “Nacho Libre.” Was Esqueleto right? Must we choose between science and faith? Science and modern atheists present believers in God with real challenges that can feed our natural questions and doubts. Come to this open discussion about the universe, science and God. Your doubts, your questions and those hard questions your friends ask are here.
Robert Feduccia Jr.
Robert Feduccia was formerly General Manager at Spirit & Song and is now Executive Director and Producer for Mission Eighty5 at Saint Mary’s Press. He is founding Director of the national Youth Liturgical Leadership Program and an instructor for the Permanent Deacon Formation Program at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana as well as for the formation Diocese of Knoxville, Tenn. Feduccia has been keynote speaker and retreat leader at liturgical conferences, diocesan youth conferences and college events.
C PROUDLY PROCLAIM CONVENTION 213
Our faith is supposed to be shared in an enthusiastic, contagious and compelling way. How are you doing with that? This workshop is about evangelization as a way of life for young Catholic faithful. Come learn about healthy ways to share the Word and practical tips on how to live out the New Evangelization in the modern world.
Doug Tooke, Executive Director of Reach Youth Ministry and owner of Monarch Catholic Ministries, directs youth ministry events in the Diocese of Helena, Mont., where he formerly served as diocesan Director of Faith Formation. He has over 20 years of professional ministry experience and has traveled to more than 75 dioceses in the past 15 years teaching, training youth ministers, keynoting conventions and presenting at events, including World Youth Day, the National Catholic Youth Conference and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry.
D KEEP CALM AND LOVE JESUS: DEALING WITH STRESS AND CHAOS EVERY DAY CONVENTION 206
Life can be really chaotic. With going to school, maintaining a social life, being nice to your family, dating your boyfriend/girlfriend and trying to look and act your best, the chaos can sometimes overtake what should be the most important thing in your life: your relationship with Jesus Christ. Katie Prejean is a teacher, youth minister, graduate school student, fiancée, friend, and dog-mom who keeps a busier schedule than anyone she knows, and she’s learned (the hard way) how to balance the daily stresses of life and her relationship with Jesus. We’ll spend time learning how to find balance and find peace as you try to maintain your sanity. Come learn how to “Keep Calm and Love Jesus.”
Youth minister and speaker Katie Prejean teaches at St. Louis Catholic High School and is Youth Director at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, both in Lake Charles, La. She has spoken at events throughout the country, ranging from small sessions to the National Catholic Youth Conference. Prejean reads voraciously, blogs occasionally, is a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan, binge watches Netflix, loves Jesus, works out every day, and doesn’t like to be hugged.
E THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIOPS CONVENTION 207
This talk presents the two hottest topics on the planet for teens: God and sex. Focusing on the virtue of chastity as being more than just “no sex,” this session exposes the lies of culture and reveals our true identity in Christ. Through funny stories and compelling witness, Mary Bielski will reveal the message of hope for purity and freedom found in Jesus.
Based in New Orleans, Mary Bielski is a national speaker, youth minister and founder of ALL4HIM Ministries. With 15 years in youth ministry and 12 years as a national speaker, she has presented to over 75,000 teens and adults across the nation, at high schools, parish and diocesan rallies and young adult retreats and conferences, including the Steubenville Youth Conference and Life Teen-Inspiration. Bielski focuses on a variety of topics, including conversion, prayer, the Holy Spirit, sacraments, chastity and the theology of the body.
F “HEY YOU! YEAH, YOU!” WHAT IS GOD SAYING ABOUT YOUR FUTURE? (VOCATION DISCERNMENT MADE EASY!) CONVENTION 209
Do you know what you want to do? Have you known since you were 2? Do you wish God would just tell you? Everyone has a vocation in life – it’s the way we will give and receive love. How can you get a handle on your future? What are some wrong ways and some right ways to discern your vocation in life? It doesn’t have to be that confusing. :-)
Sr. Helena Burns, fsp
Sr. Helena Burns, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, is a movie reviewer for Life Teen. She is writer-director of the documentary on the life of Blessed Fr. James Alberione, founder of the Daughters of St. Paul, a co-producer on www. The40Film.com, and on the vocation team of the Daughters of St. Paul. Sr. Burns has presented media literacy talks and seminars since the 1990s, and since 2006 she has presented Theology of the Body talks to teens and adults across the United States and Canada.
G BFFs FROM HEAVEN CONVENTION 208
In this hands-on workshop led by Brother Mickey McGrath, we will discover how saints and angels of every color and culture can lead us from our fears and anxieties to a place of self-confidence and faith instead. Following a brief look at Bro. Mickey’s own art and the stories behind it, we will be guided through quiet meditation and colorful activity to uncover our own capacity for creativity and inner peace. The end results will become part of a mural depicting our “BFFs from Heaven” right here in our midst.
Bro. Michael O’Neill McGrath
Bro. Mickey McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, is an artist, author and popular speaker at retreats and religious education conferences throughout the country. He also creates art for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and many Catholic publishers. Bro. McGrath has won awards for his books “Go to Joseph” and “Good Pope John XXIII,” which was presented to Pope Francis. His latest works are “Dear Young People: Inspiration from Pope Francis for All” and a series of videos based on his most popular books.
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H MESSY, MADNESS, MAYHEM: FAMILIES! HALL B
We all have familes. There’s stuff we like and stuff that drives us crazy! They come in all varieties. Sometimes we compare and wish for different. Where’s the hope? Where’s God in our family?
“Faith Horticulturist” Mike Patin lives in Lafayette, La., and has worked in ministry since 1984 as a high school teacher, coach and diocesan youth minister for the New Orleans Archdiocese. He has spoken to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the United States and Canada on the issues of Catholic faith, positive attitude, using your gifts and living life fully. Patin has published two books: “A Standing Invitation” and “This Was Not in the Brochures: Lessons from Work, Life and Ministry.”
I SHARE YOUR STORY CONVENTION 210
Snapchat has made it easier than ever to share our “story.” But sharing our “real” story is more than a snap. People say healthy communication is important – but how do I share who I “really” am, in ways that make sense and with people who matter to me?
Roy Petitfils, MS, LPC
For 20 years Roy Petitfils has ministered among youth and young adults in parish, diocesan and school settings. Today, a counselor in private practice and a speaker, Petitfils has presented at conferences, workshops and parish missions in over 30 dioceses throughout North America. He has written many articles, has a syndicated monthly column and has published several books, including “What Teens Want You To Know (But Won’t Tell You)” and “What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage.”
J CREATED TO RELATE CONVENTION 213
We were created for relationships. From the moment we are born, they are central to who we are and who we become. Through our interactions with our parents and family, and through our friendships, we learn the most valuable lessons of life. Building strong relationships in youth ministry is an art. This workshop will provide practical ways to build solid relational ministry that will ultimately point young people to a relationship with Christ.
Bob Perron is Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.V. He is one of the most popular Catholic speakers in the United States and Canada, and for over a decade, he has presented in more than 60 dioceses. Perron has been keynote presenter at the National Catholic Youth Conference and moderated workshops at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry. His most recent book is entitled “Lessons Learned From a God-Sized Family: In a Me-Sized World.”
K A BAR OF
SOAPHOPE ... HUMAN TRAFFICKING: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO FIGHT IT! CONVENTION 204
Human trafficking is the second leading crime in the United States. Believe it or not, you and your friends could be victims of this tragedy. Come and find out how vulnerable someone might be to becoming trafficked, how they are exploited, and what the “red flags” are. Help us help the victims by giving them “hope” as we label SOAP with the National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number.
Theresa L. Flores, LSW, MS
Theresa Flores is a human trafficking survivor, best-selling author, licensed social worker and founder of SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution). In 2009, she was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and testified before the Ohio House and Senate in support of human trafficking legislation. Flores received The Courage Award from the governor of Ohio for her efforts and was honored with the 2013 Christian Service Award from the University of Dayton for her work with SOAP.
L GOD IS MY H.E.R.O. CONVENTION 207
Come to this workshop if you want to find out why God is the greatest of all superheroes. He is omnipotent and omniscient. (If you do not know what these two words mean you need to be at this workshop!) Come and find out why God is my Hero and why He can be yours as well. He gave us four reasons and they will be revealed only to those who want to receive His super powers!
Rev. Joseph A. Espaillat II
TFr. Joe Espaillat is Pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx, N.Y., as well as Director of Hispanic Charismatic Renewal for the New York Archdiocese and of the Hispanic Charismatic Catholic Center in the Bronx. Before this, he was assigned by Cardinal Timothy Dolan to open up an Office for Youth Ministry, where he became Director and is now Spiritual Advisor. Growing up in Manhattan, he speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Street! Fr. Espaillat is also founder of the ministry, “Messengers of Christ.”
M FINDING HOPE IN THE MIDST OF PAIN AND TRAGEDY CONVENTION 209
Come meet Rosario Rodriguez, an innocent victim and miraculous survivor of two violent crimes. She will share how, after spending years struggling with depression and questioning her dignity and worth, she found hope and healing through the grace of the sacraments and in forgiving her assailants.
Rosario Rodriguez has spent most of her life working in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom with different Catholic ministries, from campus ministry and RCIA to working with inner-city youth, the poor and the homeless. In Los Angeles, she has worked in Hollywood at Act One, an organization training Christian writers and producers. Most recently she is sharing her story with gang members, with the Los Angeles Police Department, and at prisons.
N HOPEBOUND IN PRAYER CONVENTION 203
In saying, “Come follow me!” (Matt. 4:19), Jesus is offering an invitation rooted in hope. This is also an invitation intimately bound up with the practice of prayer, for prayer connects us with God and others. It leads us into the heart of love in which we discover what we need – not what we want – to grow in our desire to follow Christ. Bind your Youth Day in an experience of prayer, hopeful reflection and deepening commitment to the practice of love. This interactive workshop explores practices of prayer and contemplation through Scripture, music, conversation, silence and a brief overview of a tradition that spans thousands of years.
Baltimore native Ted Miles first worked in Belize and Guatemala in a two-year Jesuit Volunteer position. For nearly 30 years since then, he has served in parish ministry, Catholic high school education and archdiocesan leadership development. For 10 years now, Miles has worked for Catholic Relief Services as Relationship Manager for Youth and Religious Education and Coordinator of the Youth & Religious Education Outreach for the United States. He has spoken nationally and internationally on behalf of CRS.
Singer/songwriter Sarah Kroger first performed publicly at Life Teen camps and Steubenville Youth conferences. In the short time she has been composing and performing, she has participated in a range of national and international events, including the JubilMusic International Christian Music Festival in San Remo, Italy, World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and countless other parish and youth events across the United States. Kroger is published with Oregon Catholic Press/Spirit and Song.
Ben Walther began writing songs while serving as a worship leader in college. He taught religion for over five years and spent 13 years in parish and school ministry. He has served as a diocesan event worship leader, retreat host and conference speaker. Walther now teaches religion at St. Paul Catholic School in North Canton, Ohio. A recent addition to the OCP/ SpiritandSong.com family, his CD is titled “Make Your Home in Me.”