CYMFed’s online talks by global youth ministry experts begin on 15 July

‘The God who speaks in a digital world’, the first of a series of online talks for the youth ministry community, will be streamed live on YouTube by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) at 11:00am on Wednesday 15 July 2020.  Father Michel Remery, national youth chaplain for Luxembourg, will talk about the Church’s embrace of modern technology in recent months and its importance in this Year of the Word. Watch it here.

Father Michel is the author of Tweeting with God, the international bestselling book which answers daring questions from young people about God, faith, prayer and morality in 140 characters or fewer. YouTube viewers are invited to ask questions during, which Fr Michel will answer live at the end of his talk.

The programme of monthly talks, Journeying Together, features expert speakers from across the globe, and aims to inspire, inform and encourage youth ministers as they continue to work with and support young people over the coming months.

The focus of the talks is “synodality”, which was also a key theme throughout the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment Synod.

“This first-ever synod on young people has created new energy for youth ministry, said CYMFED’s Chair, Father Dermott Donnelly.

“This series of talks has been put together to build on that energy and seize the opportunity the Holy Father has given us by highlighting the importance of youth ministry in this way.

“We’re delighted with the quality of the speakers who have agreed to take part and we’re sure these talks will prove to be tremendously useful to anyone who is involved in youth ministry in any way.”

Programme outline

Wednesday September 16 11am: Removing Obstacles for Mission: Safeguarding, Governance and Risk Management

Malcolm Hart, Director of the Centre for Evangelisation at the Australian Bishops’ Conference

Wednesday October 14 at 2pm: A Field Hospital for Young People: Ministry Through a Pastoral Lens

Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director, Youth and Young adult ministries at the United States Conference of Bishops and Sarah Jarzembowski, Coordinator for College Campus and Young Adult Ministries in the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Wednesday November 11 at 2pm: Synodality: A Key for the Evangelisation of Young People

Sister Nathalie Becquart, an observer of the Youth Synod and now a Consultor to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

The monthly talks are open to all and will be live-streamed on CYMFed’s YouTube channel,

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Clare Lewis