Religious Education Institute; In Hope We Are Saved

"In Hope We Are Saved!" is the theme of the 2008 Religious Education Institute. For several years, the Catholic Education Office has focused on the Catholic Identity of our schools and parish programs and ways to develop and deepen our personal relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. This year's theme, taken from the second encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, will further strengthen and develop that effort as we continue to promote the New Evangelization throughout the Archdiocese in our Catholic schools and parish programs.

Keynote Speaker: Colleen Carroll Campbell

Catholic Education Office

Institute for New Youth Ministers

"Designed by veteran youth ministers, the INYM is a preparation checklist and road map just for you!  The four day conference will help new youth ministers (0-4 years experience) focus on developing the right vision, the right lifestyle, the right relationships, and the right practical methodologies for growing a disciple-making youth ministry."

Co-sponsored by: Cultivation Ministries and NACYML

Cost: $549 fee covers housing, all meals and evening receptions, workbook, and some essential youth ministry resources. Read more »

FREE Narnia Resource

From Interlinc:  "You are invited to become a Narnia "Insider" and we'll equip you with all the resources to use this special event in your ministry.  As a Narnia "Insider" you will receive a 32 page "Behind The Scenes" Youthworker Guide, Resource DVD, and large Movie Poster.  You'll also get the weekly electronic "Narnia Dispatch" with downloadable videos, interviews, youth group materials, and a ton of other "Behind The Scenes" resources - right as they come out!  Best of all - it's to Read more »


Free Resources

Are you looking to find great resources for your youth ministry, but you don't know where to look?  Maybe you are looking for a great night for your teens focusing on Advent.  Here's a whole page of free resources just waiting to be downloaded.  What are you waiting for?  


Stirring it Up!


      Paul Masek, the coordinator of the REAP Team of our Office of Youth Ministry here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has just published Stirring It Up.  This three-part book project, which was developed with Catholic teenagers in mind, includes a book "Stirring It Up" (practical tips for staying close to God), another book "All Bottled Up" (letters from teens answered) and an audio CD "Stirring It Up More" (which contains additional inspirational material). Read more »


Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If you are a youth minister and have ever wondered if what you were doing at your parish was really making a difference, you probably asked yourself at least once should I stay or should I go?  Am I right?  Duffy Robbins a member of the Youth Specialties Resource Seminar Team has provided some great insight into this topic.  He speaks not only from his personal experience but also from the experiences of other youth ministers.