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Ministry through Trauma: Wisdom for & From Catholic Sisters | Dec. 13, 2022

This panel discussion offers hope and practical wisdom for trauma-informed ministry. Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji shares her expertise in trauma and disaster counseling, offering practical tools for well-being. Catholic sisters Maria Luisa (Mary Lou) Aldape, STJ, M.Ed, Ed.S., of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde, TX, and Miriam Maclean, RSM, Ph.D., LCSW, the Director of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana in Lake Charles, LA, share their experiences of ministry after traumatic events in their local communities. This webinar is particularly relevant for Catholic sisters and others serving communities after challenging experiences.

This event is part of Flourishing Sisterhood: Nourishing Communities in the Gulf South, a project of the Loyola Institute for Ministry funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Embodying the Word: Liturgy, Lectionary, and Life | Nov. 30, 2022

In this webinar, LIM professors Tom Ryan and Deborah Wilhelm, the co-authors of GIA Publications' Living the Word: Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days for Year A, which began on Nov. 27, 2022, reflect on their experience of writing it and the implications of their work for proclaiming and preaching the Word, a scripturally informed spirituality, and an enhanced understanding of the lectionary, liturgy, and liturgical year.

Karen Baker Book Signing | Oct. 19, 2022

LIM alumna Karen Baker, M.P.S., shared the experiences that influenced her recent book Faith, Hope, and a Sense of Humor: How to Survive and Thrive on the Front Lines of Parish Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2022).

USCCB and LIM Young Adult Videos

Ministry with Young Adults Today: A Conversation on What's Working and What Challenges We Face (July 22, 2021)

What is happening at the present moment in our churches and communities related to young adults in their 20s and 30s? How are local parishes, campuses, dioceses, movements, and organizations navigating the post-pandemic re-opening process, the vaccine rollout, and new hybrid models of efforts with young adults? Pastoral leaders across the United States, facilitated by the leadership of the USCCB's National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, discuss this important topic.

Sunday is Not Always Their Sabbath Day: Ministry with Young Adults Working Nights and Weekends (June 24, 2021)

How do we accompany young adults who work nights, weekends, and other unique schedules? How can churches best minister with those serving in the military, in medical professions, in emergency services, in restaurant and hospitality industries, and those working multiple jobs, taking evening classes, or whose work extends into the night shift? When Sunday is a work day or when time and financial constraints prevent young adults from engaging in ministry, how do we best engage, support, and walk alongside them as brothers and sisters? This webinar explores that topic with a panel of pastoral leaders engaged in this outreach: Carlos Bernard, Diocese of Orlando; Camille Grippon, Bon Secours Mercy Health System, MD; Mark Moitoza, Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, D.C.

Zoom Was Not A Band-Aid: Rethinking the Role of Technology in Ministry with Young Adults (May 20, 2021)

Acknowledging that as dioceses and parishes begin to or continue the process of re-opening, many ministry leaders are eager to gather again in person and get away from the screen; this webinar recognizes that there is a concern among ministers that young adults will not come back, that many prefer to engage in ministry and worship virtually. The panelists explore the strengths and limits of using technology in ministry with young adults.

More Turnover and Transition: Navigating Changes in Ministry and Staff Leadership (Part 2) (April 29, 2021)

This webinar explores how we best navigate through the stress of transitioning and assisting those who are losing or adjusting their jobs and how to create good succession plans. The panelists consider questions about the emotional and spiritual support and the psychological challenges, while also providing for the accompaniment of young adults who are witnessing these changes and developments in the Church that walks with them.

Turnover and Transition: How to Weather the Inevitable Leadership Changes in Ministry with Young Adults (Part 1) (March 18, 2021)

This webinar explores what happens when staff or volunteer leaders transition in or out of ministry with young adults, without preparation and intentionality, causing ambiguity, conflict, or even a partial or full collapse of the ministry efforts to young adults. This webinar looks at those critical situations and explores creative strategies for ensuring constant ministerial presence and generating sustainability in pastoral leadership with a panel of experienced leaders.

Young Adult Ministry 101 (February 25, 2021)

This webinar explores the basics of YA ministry with a panel of experienced leaders, including Victoria Hathaway, Ministry Consultant for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Gary and Benito Medrano, Coordinator of the Office of Evangelization in the Diocese of Fresno, and Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries with the USCCB.

Catechesis with Young Adults: The Implications of the Vatican’s New Directory for Catechesis for Accompanying People in their 20s and 30s (January 21, 2021)

This webinar explores the Vatican's new Directory of Catechesis and how it can be used to accompany young adults. Tracey Lamont, Assistant Professor of Religious Education at the Loyola Institute for Ministry, Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Lay Ecclesial Ministry at the USCCB lead the discussion with Marilyn Santos with the USCCB, José Amaya with the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA, and Jennifer Delvaux with the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Exploring Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti and Its Impact on Ministry with Young Adults (November 19, 2020)

This webinar explores the implications of Pope Francis' most recent encyclical and its call for us to become better citizens through a rejection of violence and racism and respectful dialogue.

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Preparing Young Adults for Advent and Christmas in the Parish and at Home This Year (October 15, 2020)

Advent always seems to creep up on us, and this year, faced with the pandemic and physical separation, it is especially important to begin preparations as soon as possible. This webinar looks at ways to accompany young adults through Advent and Christmas in the tumultuous landscape of the last months of 2020—to provide them with hope, healing, and peace at a time when the world really longs for it.

Helping Young Adults Become Faithful Citizens (September 24, 2020)

With presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections set to take place on November 3 and calls for reforms in the justice system being made across America, pastoral ministers discuss supporting and encouraging young adults to participate in the democratic process, using the lens of faith to guide their actions and choices.

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Practicing Self-Care: A Webinar for All Who Minister with Young Adults (August 27, 2020)

In the midst of the pandemic and the uncertain realities facing us today, it is important that pastoral ministry leaders take care of themselves through self-care and spiritual and personal renewal. Presenters Becky Eldredge (an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer), Brenda Noriega (Mission Educator-Promoter with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers), and Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM (minister at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC and editor of The Holy Land Review) discuss how to do so. Below is a recording of their presentations.

A National Conversation with Young Adult Ministry Leaders on the Process of Reopening (June 25, 2020)

dr. timone davis, NATYAM team member and faculty at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute for Pastoral Studies (IPS), facilitated an open conversation helping young adult ministry leaders process the move towards reopening our churches, our ministries, and our lives. Questions addressed include: What does or will this all look like and how can we best prepare and plan as we also strive to remain safe.

Grief, Bereavement, and Young Adults (June 4, 2020)

This webinar for all who minister with young adults—volunteers, parish staff, diocesan leaders, clergy and religious, and bishops—focused particularly on those affected by loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers Orlando Davis, therapist (LCSW); Michael Hayes, media minister; and Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, OP, Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development at Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus, discussed both the clinical and pastoral dynamics involved in bereavement to help ministry leaders better support and accompany those suffering from any kind of loss.

Conversation on Grief and Ministry with Young Adults (April 28, 2020)

Part 3 of a 3-part series on issues that affect dignity and life in all its fullness and ministry with young adults.

Diana Hancharenko, Chair of the USCCB NATYAM, facilitated a conversation on grief and young adulthood and ministry with young adults by first offering some introductory remarks on grief and ministry with young adults, then hosting two different break-out sessions to offer space for intimate small-group sharing regarding how grief comes to us in many ways during this pandemic, from loss of loved ones, loss of employment, loss of connectivity, communal worship, or grieving the cancellation of events we worked so hard to prepare.

Creating a Culture of Encounter with Young Adults in a Time of Social Distancing and Economic Uncertainty (April 16, 2020)

Part 2 of a 3-part series on issues that affect dignity and life in all its fullness and ministry with young adults.

Tracey Lamont, Rachel Mpanu-Mpanu, Young Adult Minister from the Diocese of Miami, and Danielle Brown, Associate Director for the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, discuss the call to create cultures of encounter as one way to support life and dignity in its fullness in ministry with young adults and try to raise awareness of our intercultural realities in the post-covid world, most especially in this time of social distancing and economic uncertainty.

Our panelists received several questions from participants in the April 16th Creating a Culture of Encounter with Young Adults webinar that we ran out of time to address, so Rachel and Danielle were gracious enough to record a conversation in response to those questions here.

Continuing the Conversation on the Realities of COVID-19 and Ministry with Young Adults  (March 30, 2020)

A follow-up session to the March 19, 2020 webinar with those working in ministry with young adults. It continues the conversation on the realities of COVID-19 and Ministry with Young Adults. Participants discuss the strengths and limitations in ministry with young adults during this time.

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Special Discussion on the Realities of COVID-19 and Ministry with Young Adults  (March 19, 2020)

A special discussion of ministering with young adults during the coronavirus outbreak covering well-being and feelings, what is happening in your ministering communities, and ideas for how to be present to others in this difficult time.

USCCB NATYAM List of resources to assist in the work of ministering remotely through state-mandated COVID-19 quarantines with young adults.  GO»


Addressing Issues of Racism through "Open Wide Our Hearts" in Ministries with Young Adults (February 14, 2020)

Part 1 of a 3-part series on issues that affect dignity and life in all its fullness and ministry with young adults.

Pastoral Care and Counseling for Ministry with Young Adults — Part 3, The Impact of Migration on Ministry with Young Adults (December 12, 2019)


Pastoral Care and Counseling for Ministry with Young Adults — Part 2, Mental Health and Ministry with Young Adults (November 14, 2019)

Pastoral Care and Counseling for Ministry with Young Adults — Part 1 (October 17, 2019)

Unpacking Christus Vivit, Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Exhortation Christ is Alive! — Part 2 (May 23, 2019)

Unpacking Christus Vivit, Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Exhortation Christ is Alive! — Part 1 (May 2, 2019)


Forming Community with Young Adults: What Can the Church Learn? (April 4, 2019)

Disrupting Ministry: Bringing the Synod to Life (March 7, 2019)

The Synod Document: A Paradigm Shift (February 28, 2019)

What Didn’t Happen at the Synod: Practical Strategies for Next Steps (November 28, 2018)

Archive 2012–2020


Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D. “Proclaiming the Good News in a Digital Age: Exploring Internet-Mediated Communication for Ministry." Webinar.

Evelyn Thibeaux, Ph.D. "Images of Mary in the New Testament." Webinar.

Eduardo Fernandez, S.J. "Latino/a Ministry in the Church Today." Webinar.

Bishop William Skylstad and Dan DiLeo, Ph.D. "Catholics and the Climate: Fostering Mission-Based Sustainability," February 8, 2012. Webinar.

Sr. Terri Bednarz, R.S.M., Ph.D. "Humor in the Gospel of Luke: The Rhetoric of Just Living," April 11, 2012. Webinar.

Tom Ryan, Ph.D. “Eucharist and Adoration," June 4, 2012. Webinar.

Jim O'Neill, Ed.D., L.P.C. "'…AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF': The Minister's Challenge," August 8, 2012. Webinar.

Bob McCarty, D.Min., and Charlotte McCorquodale, Ph.D. "Emerging Trends in Catholic Youth Ministry: The Pain and the Promise," September 25, 2012. Webinar.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond, "Catholic Perspectives on Voting," October 22, 2012. Webinar.

Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D. "Reflections on the Election," November 14, 2012. Webinar.

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D. "What's New About the New Evangelization?", December 4, 2012. Webinar.


Barbara Fleischer, Ph.D. "Spirituality at Work," January 10, 2013. Webinar.

Reverend William Barnwell, "'The Intrusion of Grace' in the Stories of Flannery O'Connor,” February 28, 2013. Webinar.

Fr. James Carter, S.J., Ph.D. "God, Quarks, Tadpoles, and My Faith," Tuesday May 14, 2013. Webinar.

Michael Cowan, Ph.D. "Faith vs. Belief: Implications for Discipleship Today," June 18, 2013. Webinar.

Fr. Ben Berinti, C.P.p.S., Ph.D. "Visio Divina: A Source for the 'Art' of Practical Theology," August 20, 2013. Webinar.

Bob McCarty, D.Min., and Charlotte McCorquedale, Ph.D. "Go and Make Disciples: Strategic Directions for Ministry with the Young Church" on October 4, 2013. Webinar.

Ansel Augustine, M.P.S. "Multi-Cultural Ministry and the New Evangelization," November 18, 2013. Webinar.

Gilberto Ruiz, Ph.D., "The Challenge of the Infancy Narratives," December 10, 2013. Webinar.


Kathleen O'Gorman, Ed.D. "Epiphany: Overcome by the Wonder of It All," January 7, 2014. Webinar.

Michael Brough, M.P.S. "Best Practices in Parish Leadership," February 11, 2014. Webinar.

Tom Ryan, Ph.D. "Beads and Bodies: A Mardi Gras Spirituality for New Orleans and Beyond," February 25, 2014. Webinar.

Sr. Julie Vieira, I.H.M., M.A. "I Have Called You By Your Username, You Are Mine: Reimagining Ministry and Vocation in an Online World," April 8, 2014. Webinar.

Theresa O'Keefe, Ph.D. "Youth Ministry in a Busy World," May 16, 2014. Webinar.

Ansel Augustine, D.Min. "Engaging the Next Generation of Ministry Leaders: Reaching our Youth and Young Adults," June 24, 2014. Webinar.

William Thiele, Ph.D. "Seeking God in a Frantic Culture," August 12, 2014. Webinar.

Sr. Dot Trosclair, O.P. "What is Spiritual Direction?", September 2, 2014. Webinar.

Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. "The Immigrant Church: Yesterday and Today," October 14, 2014. Webinar.

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. "Meeting the Saints: Early Church Fathers, Who They Were and Why They Matter," November 18, 2014. Webinar.

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D. “Celebration of ‘Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age’,” December 2, 2014. Webinar.


Fr. Eduardo Scarel, O.Carm. "My Friend the Pope and His Perspective on Creation," January 23, 2015. Webinar.

Diana Macalintal, M.A. "Prayer: Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary Moments of Grace," February 19, 2015. Webinar.

Fr. Paul S. Manning, M.Div. "Entrusting Ourselves to the Mission: Mark's Gospel in Lent," March 3, 2015. Webinar.

Br. Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., Ph.D. “Presentation on His Book St. Paul, Master of the Spiritual Life ‘In Christ’," March 5, 2015.Webinar.

Tom Ryan, Ph.D. "Pope Francis on the Environment." June 30, 2015. Webinar.

Cheridan Sanders. "Flipping the Script: Evangelizing by Telling Women's Stories." August 11, 2015.

Timothy O'Malley, Ph.D. "The Sacramental Gift of Family Life: A Theological and Pastoral Response to the World Meeting of Families," October 8, 2015. Webinar.

Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa, Ph.D. "Mission and Solidarity: A New Perspective," November 12, 2015. Webinar.

Sr. Dot Trosclair, O.P. "An Advent Spirituality." December 3, 2015. Webinar.


Sue Weishar, Ph.D. "Organizing Catholic Teach-Ins on Migration in Your Faith Community, January 21, 2016. Webinar.

Catholic Sisters of Magnificat House. "A Discerning Faith: Conversation with the Women of Magnificat House of Discernment," March 7, 2016. Webinar.

Tom Roberts. "From Faith to Certainty: A Modern Catholic Journey," April 11, 2016. Webinar.

Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D. "A Practical Spirituality of Civic Life," May 16, 2016. Webinar.

Tracey Lamont, Ph.D. "New Directions in Young Adult Ministry," November 16, 2016. Webinar.

Deacon William Ditewig, Ph.D. "Update on the Diaconate." December 5, 2016. Webinar.


Debbie Shinskie, "Respect Life: Our Archdiocesan Approach," January 17, 2017. Webinar.

Susanne Dietzel, Ph.D. "Restoring Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking," February 6, 2017. Webinar.

Fr. Allan Weinert, C.Ss.R. "Respect Life: Addressing the Death Penalty," March 6, 2017. Webinar.

Kate Hennessy. "Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty." March 23, 2017. Webinar and presentation at Loyola University New Orleans, Ignatius Chapel.

Michael D. O'Brien. "The Role of Faith and Culture in an Era of Dehumanization: Renewing the Family, the Church, the World," June 12, 2017. Webinar.

Becky Eldredge, M.P.S. "Advent: Anticipating Encounter, Awaiting Accompaniment, " November 29, 2017. Webinar.


Paul Jarzembowski spoke on "Rising From The Ashes: Reconnecting Young Adults to Church through Moments of Return" on January 25, 2018.

Paul is Assistant Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His argument is that Liturgical seasons, in particular Lent, provide the Church with unique opportunities to encounter and accompany young adults in their late teens, 20s and 30s, especially those who have disconnected from the practice of the faith. Through intentional hospitality, building community, and journeying with families and individuals, pastoral leaders can transform moments of return into milestones along the way.

Dr. Christopher Bellitto spoke on "Honoring Our Elders: A Biblical Spirituality"on March 6, 2018.

Chris is Professor of History at Kean University in Union City, New Jersey. He is author most recently of Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible (Paulist). He is also Academic Editor at Large for Paulist Press and Editor in Chief for Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition. The PowerPoint from his presentation is available here.

Dr. Carol Ann MacGregor presented "From Nuns to Nones: The Lapsed Catholic in Socio-Demographic Perspective" on October 20, 2018.

Dr. MacGregor graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and studies Catholic K-12 education, religious non-affiliation, and religion and civic engagement; she is a member of the Loyola University New Orleans faculty. Her talk focused on recent trends regarding the dynamics of disaffiliation in Catholics from a sociological perspective.


Dr. Tracey Lamont, Ph.D., facilitated a discussion "Online Teaching: Sharing Best Practices and Challenges" on March 24, 2020.

Dr. Lamont is Assistant Professor of Religious Education at the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Given the unprecedented effects of the covid-19 virus on teaching, Dr. Lamont invited teachers to share their successes and questions with others using digital means to engage in the religious education of youth and young adults.

To view a list of "Resources for Teaching Remotely" assembled by Dr. Lamont, GO»

Archive of Webinars in Partnership with the USCCB's National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry

To view these webinars from the period Nov. 2018–July 2021, please click here.

Archive of Events in Partnership with the Office of Religious Education, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Partnership with the Office of Religious Education, Archdiocese of New Orleans

“A Day’s Journey Through the Pre-Catechumenate and Catechumenate” was a workshop co-sponsored by the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and LIM. It took place on November 14 and was led by Mary Birmingham, a well-known speaker, author, parish minister, and LIM graduate.

Archive of Events in Partnership with the Catholic Press Association

Partnership with the Catholic Press Association

In partnership with the Catholic Press Association, the Loyola Institute for Ministry co-sponsored a webinar with Fr. Tom Rosica, C.S.B. who is Chief Executive Officer of Salt+Light Television of Canada and English-language assistant to the Holy See Press Office. He offered reflections on Pope Francis in anticipation of his upcoming visit to the United States.

In partnership with the Catholic Press Association, the Loyola Institute for Ministry co-sponsored a webinar on the Year of Faith on October 4, 2012. Presenters included Jeannine Marino, Program Specialist, Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Tony Spence, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Catholic News Service; Laura Deavers, Editor and General Manager, The Catholic Commentator, Diocese of Baton Rouge. Thank you to Fr. Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., Franciscan Editor and “Ask a Franciscan" columnist for St. Anthony Messenger, for the idea for this webinar. Here is a list of Franciscan Media's Year of Faith initiatives provided by Fr. Pat. Tom Ryan of the Loyola Institute for Ministry and Peter Finney, Executive Editor and General Manager of the Clarion Herald, moderated. Listeners may need to adjust their volume for the different speakers, and the recording started part way into the program.

Presenters Fr. Elias Mallon, S.A. and Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J., offered a webinar on Christianity in the Middle Easton September 26, 2012. Fr. Mallon is external affairs officer for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the current chair of the Catholic-Muslim dialogue of the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Christiansen is editor-in-chief of America Magazine, and for 14 years he advised the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Middle East affairs, first as director of the Office of International Justice and Peace and later as counselor for international affairs. Tom Ryan of the Loyola Institute for Ministry and Peter Finney of the Clarion Herald and the Catholic Press Association moderated. Listeners may need to adjust their volume for the different speakers.

In partnership with the Catholic Press Association, the Loyola Institute for Ministry co-sponsored a webinar on September 17, 2014 on "Digital Advertising for the Catholic Press." It addressed the challenges and strategies of online advertising for the Catholic Press. The presenters were Matt Gambino (Director and General Manager) and Matt Ferrare (Advertising Manager) of The following are available here: the audio of the presentation, the accompanying PowerPoint, rate card 1 and rate card 2 from