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Catholic Maine Youth Ministry Convention 2018

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APRIL 13-15, 2018
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland

The Catholic Maine Youth Ministry Convention gathers hundreds of high school teens from around the state to celebrate faith and the gifts young people bring to the life of the Church, to build community, have a ton of fun, to pray together, grow in faith and to be sent forth to share the Good News of Jesus with the world.  Come join us! 

Register through your local youth ministry coordinator

The convention will feature dynamic workshop presenters and several special guests.

Keynote Speaker Mike Patin:

Mike Patin

Mike Patin strives to engage and involve people through humor, energy, stories and a well-constructed message.  He works to evoke a response and a definite, specific course of action – a next step.

Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  Since 2003, he has worked as a full-time speaker and “faith horticulturalist.”  Throughout his ministry, Mike has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada.

Mike lives in Lafayette, LA, with his wife, Marlene, and his daughter, Megan.

Learn more about him at and

Workshops Topics include:

Having your own faith and allowing God to stretch and strengthen it ~ Breaking free of unhealthy patterns or choices through forgiveness and letting go of hurt ~ How to share faith with respect and without shutting down conversation ~ Where to begin a life of prayer ~ What does Missionary Discipleship really look life in the life of teenagers ~ For Seniors Only: Tools for keeping the faith on campus, at work, or on base ~ For Adult Leaders: Being faithful, responsible, and effective companions to young people ~ Reflecting on the results of the 2017 youth synod consultation


All Convention registrations are handled through the parish Youth Ministry Coordinator or designated parish adult leader.

Cost for Youths:  $255 for a quad or triple; Cost for Adults: $265 for a double, $375 for a single.  

*Cost includes all food from Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast, two nights lodging, and program participation.
Parish checks should be made out to: Diocese of Portland. Mail no later than April 6 to:
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
ATTN:  Convention 2018
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland, ME 04103


• Convention registration no later than 9 a.m. April 2

• Mail parish checks no later than April 6

• Financial aid forms to be in-hand no later than April 2

Youth and Adult Recognition Forms due in-hand no later than March 28

• CYLT applications are due in hand no later than March 28