FREE Webinars from Ave Maria Press

Professional Development Webinars for Parish Ministers

Join Ave Maria Press online for a series of free, professional development webinars for parish ministers! Enjoy access to free presentations by experts in every area of parish ministry from the comfort of your home or office. Log in to the live webinars to participate in our question-and-answer sessions or watch the free recordings at your convenience.

Watch the recordings of more than fifty Ave Maria Press webinars:

María en la Espiritualidad Hispana (Mary in Hispanic Spirituality)
Presented by: Tim Matovina
Date: Sep 10, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

María en la Espiritualidad Hispana
Los hispanos tienen una profunda devoción a María y veneran muchas imágenes y santuarios. Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe es la más conocida y es la Patrona de América, pero todo país de Latinoamérica y el Caribe tiene como patrona una advocación mariana distinta. En esta sesión vamos a analizar el tesoro de la devoción hispana a María. También vamos a explorar formas para entender y profundizar en esta espiritualidad a la luz de todo la Tradición católica sobre María.

Mary in Hispanic Spirituality
Latinos have a profound devotion to Mary and venerate her in numerous images and shrines. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most well-known of these images and is the Patroness of America, but every nation of Latin American and the Caribbean has a distinctive Marian patroness. In this webinar we will examine the treasure of Hispanic devotion to Mary. We will also explore ways to extend and deepen this spirituality in light of the wider Catholic Tradition about Mary.

This webinar will be presented in Spanish.



The Rules of Engagement
Presented by: Mike Patin
Date: Sep 17, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Church leaders bemoan the number of teens and young adults leaving their faith behind. Contrary to popular belief, these folks don’t want to be entertained by the Church; they want to be engaged in their faith. In this webinar, Mike Patin will explore the values and principles needed in this digital generation to bring people into catechesis and ministry.



Talking to Teens About Suicide
Presented by: Roy Petitfils
Date: Sep 24, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens today. Teens want us–parents, teachers, parish ministers, and youth leaders–to talk with them about suicide, even though they may not initiate the conversation. While it is uncomfortable to talk about, it is essential that we engage teens in this tough conversation. This webinar will help those working in parishes, youth ministry, and schools learn:

  • How to identify the warning signs for suicide, including what teens do and communicate via social media and online
  • Which youth are at risk for suicide
  • Research-based safe messaging guidelines for discussing suicide with teens
  • Common questions from teens and suggestions for responding to them.



Examining Christus Vivit
Presented by: Katie Prejean McGrady
Date: Oct 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Pope Francis’s exhortation from the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment is filled with insights, initiatives, and inspiration that will affect the way youth and young adult ministry happens in coming years. In this webinar, Katie Prejean McGrady–who participated in the pre-Synod meetings in Rome on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops–will reflect on:

  • how Christus Vivit lays out a framework for ministry programs
  • what the Pope is encouraging youth leaders to focus on when engaging young people, and
  • what it means for ministry going forward.



Companions in Conflict
Presented by: Ann M. Garrido
Date: Oct 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

When we are in times of tension with families, friends, and fellow church members, we can end up feeling isolated and alone.  We feel as if we must be doing something wrong.  No one else has these problems, do they?  But a look at our Church’s history reveals that conflict is a part of every Christian’s life.  We are not alone.  We have companions on the journey and models of handling tension well.  Come along with Ann Garrido to discover five saints who were no strangers to conflict and who may have clues to help us unknot our own tough relationships.




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