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Ongoing Ministerial Development & Resources: Teens

OLFF staff curated examples of webinars, articles, and books that may be helpful to those serving as catechetical or youth ministry leaders in parishes. Click on another topic to access the page of related resources:


Forming Teens

Title Summary Source Shortened Url (if available)
3 Focused + Effective Pastoral Care Strategies for Youth Struggling with Bullying, Depression, and LGBTQ issues  Webinar

Tim Hogan suggests three simple strategies for pastoral care; shame reduction, conscience formation, and triage and referral.Through these strategies we can journey alongside hurting people and help them to receive the help they need while also helping them come to understand the truth of the Gospel.

Conversation with Youth about Boundaries: Part 1 article info on how adutls can begin conversations with youth about establishing and maintaining personal boundaries and safety principals needed to protect themselves  Virtus

Faith Talk: Conversations That Matter with Youth book

Faith Talk bookcover

Dr. Bob McCarty provides a vision, a methodology, and practical tools to shift from focusing on telling young people what to believe, to instead focusing on accompanying young people on their faith journey, starting by deeply listening to young people’s experiences, their questions, and their concerns about life, spirituality, and the Church. St Mary's Press
Helping Teens Lean Into Stress Webinar Stress and anxiety run rampant in our teens today.  Roy Petitfils explains why teens are so stressed these days and shares some strategies for easing that anxiety through a pastoral six step process.  Ave Maria Press

How to Form Saints, Not Just College Applicants Webinar

Teens today are being pushed harder than ever.Sure it looks good on a college application but is the pursuit of the perfect GPA and a flawless resume worth all the stress? Dr. Leonardo Delorenzo reminds us we are called to be saints and that’s what really matters.He shares 4 habits that help cultivate and imitate sainthood. Ave Maria Press
VCat; Video Catechism for Teens videos with discussion guides Collection of original short videos related to the 4 pillars of the Catechism: Creed, Sacrament, Morality, and Prayer. Most have downloadable discussion guides Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Youth, The Catholic Church, and Our Future pdf Short summary of a study on non-affiliation with the Church and needs of youth today Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC