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2015-2016 Webinar Schedule

Winter/Spring 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Importance of Certification for Our Profession
Fr. Edward Burns, Wright State University
Fr. J. Friedel, Missouri Southern State University

3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT

Have you ever wondered what certification was all about? Wondered why it is important to our profession? And why should a Priest seek certification, anyway? If you’ve ever pondered these questions, this is the webinar for you! Led by CCMA Certification Committee Chair Fr. Ed Burns, and Certification Ambassador Fr. J. Friedel, you will learn the requirements for certification through the USCCB. We’ll cover the application process and give you tips for meeting requirements, especially the education component. We will leave plenty of time to answer your questions. We will also spend some time on renewal of certification for those whose certification has reached that point. Please join us and Get Certified! 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Discernment and Learning
Dr. Melanie-Prejean Sullivan
1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/11 a.m. MT/10 a.m. PT

One type of invitation we receive as campus ministers is to journey with our students as they discern their futures. Whether they want advice about potential religious communities or spouses, whether they are trying to decide to major in pharmacy or art therapy, they come to us as their wisdom figures to discern their next steps. How can we prepare them ahead of these big questions, equipping them with tools they can use as lifelong discerners? This webinar is designed to give us a common vocabulary and to introduce some tools and techniques for teaching the elements of discernment in a classroom setting, on retreats, or through workshops. Using both ministry and student development theory, we will explore what Victor Frankl called, our “search for meaning” and Thomas Merton called, the search for the “true self.”

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Fall 2015 Webinar Series: Build A Better Break Trip

December 1, 2015


Build A Better Break Trip: Pilgrimage 101
Beth Barsotti, University of Portland
John Paul Lichon, University of Notre Dame

3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT

Join us to learn the ropes of preparing a pilgrimage experience for your students! Pilgrimages can be incredible moments of evangelization, as students from all backgrounds are drawn into these inspiring trips which can lead to incredible transformation. This webinar will break down myths of pilgrimage planning to help ease the intimidation of planning a trip on your own. Learn strategies for selecting a pilgrimage site, transportation planning, budgeting, student preparation, etc. Come learn the basics in how to begin this exciting process!

Pilgrimage 101

About the Speakers
Beth Barsotti is the Assistant Director for Faith Formation at the University of Portland. Prior to her work in campus ministry, Beth worked in Catholic churches in Iowa and Oregon as Director of Adult Faith Formation as well as Pastoral Associate/Director of Religious Education. She earned a Masters of Divinity degree from University of Notre Dame. She also serves on the L’Arche Portland Board of Directors.  This past summer, Beth led a group of students on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and now she is organizing a 2016 World Youth Day trip to Krakow, Poland.

John Paul Lichon is the Assistant Director of Retreats, Pilgrimages, and Spirituality at the University of Notre Dame. This year his office will offer 11 pilgrimages to various national and international destinations, including Philadelphia during the Papal Visit, Montreal, Mexico City, Ireland, Rome, Phoenix, and more. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, John Paul served at SMU Catholic Campus Ministry in Dallas, Texas. He received his Masters of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and served for two years at Nativity Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

November 17, 2015


Build a Better Break Trip: Bring in the Furniture (Kitchen Sink, Too!)
Lianni Castor, Dominican University of California
Paul O. Stage, Saint Xavier University

4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT

Your reservations are made, your leaders are more or less chosen, and you may have even had some introductory meetings by this point in the year. Share your successes with us! This final installation of our three-part “Build a Better Break Trip” webinar series will elaborate on questions raised by participants during the previous two webinars, cover suggested topics in more detail, and give all participants in this webinar a chance to enter the discussion. Bring your own tales of Break Trips, or ask a burning question you would like to open up to the panel. Just as it is the people who make a house a home, we wouldn’t be able to build a better break trip without first bringing the break trip planners into the conversation.

Bring in the Furniture

October 15, 2015 


Build a Better Break Trip: Framing In Leaders
Paul O. Stage, Saint Xavier University

2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT

Training leaders of a Service Trip program can be daunting, whether you have had them in the past or are considering them for the first time. Join this session to hear how student leaders in particular can become the structural supports for a robust program through focused spiritual, communal, and logistical training. We’ll review resources, discuss best practices, and consider solutions to potential roadblocks.

About the Speaker
Paul Stage is currently the Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Xavier University, a Mercy-sponsored institution in Chicago, Ill., where he focuses on promoting leadership development in young adult faith life. Prior to Saint Xavier, Paul was the Director of Social Action at the Newman Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He both expanded the Newman Center's own service immersion program as well as developed a new program to schedule and host service immersion groups from other universities while in Chapel Hill. Paul has attended, led, or organized more than 25 immersion trip weeks. Paul holds a Masters Degree from Boston College, where he focused his studies on young adult spirituality.

Framing In Leaders

September 17, 2015 

Build a Better Break Trip: Starting from Scratch
Lianni Castro, Dominican University of California

2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT

Gather the skills and resources to help you set up a Service Trip from start to finish. While it can be a daunting task – we’ll review resources and step by step instructions to plan and organize a domestic or international Service Experience.

Starting from Scratch


Past Webinars and Videos

2014-2015 Webinars and Videos

April 14, 2015

Multiply Your Campus Ministry: A Leadership Retreat

BuckeyeWorks, an interactive campus ministry leadership retreat offered for students through the St. Thomas More Newman Center at The Ohio State University, was selected as the 2012 CCMA Exemplary Award Recipient for Developing Leaders for the Future. Learn about the elements of this exemplary program—including the utilization of Gallup’s Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment in the book Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath—in which students participate in a series of workshops, activities, discussions, and prayer experiences to deepen their understanding of their baptismal call to serve both the church and the world. This presentation is the story of the BuckeyeWorks program, how it has developed and changed over the years due to students’ needs, and why we believe BuckeyeWorks is a “best practice” in developing, equipping, and empowering students to lead in campus ministry. 


March 25, 2015

What's Next? Helping Students Plan For and Move Into Young Adulthood Beyond Graduation

Where do you imagine your graduating seniors will be going to church in a few months? As we accompany young people through their college years, it is not enough to concern ourselves with their faith journey while on campus – it is also critical that we help them as they leave collegiate life and enter the working world. Just as professors and instructors are preparing seniors for the first steps in their careers, campus ministry leaders can prepare them for the first steps in their spiritual lives as young adults. This webinar will explore ways that we can do just that – and ensure a great Catholic future for the students we now serve. 

About the Speaker
Paul Jarzembowski serves as Assistant Director for the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), with a particular focus on the areas of youth and young adult ministry, World Youth Day, and lay ecclesial ministry.  Prior to his time at the USCCB, Paul was the Executive Director for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) for seven years, while also serving as Diocesan Director of Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois.  He has been an adjunct faculty member for the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, where he received his M.A. in 2010.  Paul and his wife Sarah live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.

What's Next? Webinar


February 26, 2015

Planning for the Future
Imagine how much planning you could accomplish in 12 uninterrupted hours with your student leaders?  Consider coming to CMLI (the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute), a five-day training and working institute for student leaders and campus ministers who attend together as campus teams.
    ​Our 2015 Session will be held at New Mexico State University's Newman Center from June 16-21. CMLI is designed to cultivate effective leaders who work collaboratively to develop and implement successful Catholic Campus Ministry programs for their campus,​private or public.
    ​This webinar will answer any questions about CMLI; give insights into team and project selection, project development, holistic ministry and a host of resources already available to you through one of our partners, the Catholic Apost​olate Center.
    Many times in the course of our work day we sacrifice the important to the urgent.  Why not treat yourself to this one hour?  Take a deep breath, pull the camera lens back, and think about the way you do ministry! 

Planning for the Future

January 15, 2015

Beyond Mardi Gras: Preparing Students for Lent
Lent is perhaps the most important time of year for young adult outreach and evangelization, when many inactive or less-active Catholics reconnect with their faith traditions. Unless we accompany these young people with hospitality, mercy, and compassion, they may disengage by time Easter rolls around. How can we use this opportunity to better evangelize and minister to college students and young adults?  This webinar will explore some creative possibilities that can be used this coming Lent – and hopefully – each Lenten season to come.

Beyond Mardi Gras!

October 15, 2014

Adventures in Leadership Development: Just ASK!
Campus Ministry offers an excellent venue for developing your own leadership and the leadership of others! Tune in and learn the A.S.K. model of leadership development and join in a lively discussion of leadership through success, failure, transition and growth. Based on Matthew 7:7, this model is easily remembered and applied to practically any venue. Student leaders and campus ministers are most welcome to join in this adventure in leadership development.

Adventures in Leadership Development: Just ASK!

September 18, 2014

ESTEEM: Leadership Development for Future Generations
ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics. Employing a multifaceted approach, ESTEEM provides college students with the tools for deeper engagement in the life and witness of the Church. An initiative of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management and Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale, ESTEEM focuses on the core areas of spirituality, education, community and service. 


June 4, 2014

Small Faith Sharing Groups: Raising the Bar and Going Deeper
January's webinar on small faith sharing groups focused on the need, rationale, and goals of small faith groups for the evangelization of the millennial generation in our current cultural context. Various models were offered for structuring small groups and training student leaders. This follow-up webinar is an opportunity to evaluate your ministry’s current small faith group offerings and explore ways to take groups to the next level, inviting students into deeper conversations and raising the expectations of student leaders and participants.

Small Faith Sharing Groups: Raising the Bar and Going Deeper

January 9, 2014

Small Faith Sharing Groups on Campus: Encountering the Mystery in Conversation
In a culture and generation that desperately needs coaching on how to carry out healthy and helpful dialogue small faith sharing groups are an increasingly valuable tool in Forming the Faith Community at any campus ministry. Millennials are known for their tolerance but they are also known for their aversion to conflict and thus they shy away from conversations about religion and faith because of the tension they fear exists in those conversations. Effective small faith sharing groups not only give a safe space to have these important conversations they can also teach Millennials how to navigate conversations of faith so that they can make a habit of it throughout their lives. 

In the webinar, Troy Woytek discusses effective models for faith sharing groups, how to train facilitators and how faith sharing groups can become one of the main ways of evangelization and leadership training on your campus. 

Small Faith Sharing Groups on Campus: Encountering the Mystery in Conversation


2013 Webinars and Videos

2013 CCMA National Convention Audio Keynote Presentations

From January 8: Carolyn Woo, Ph.D.

Dr. Carolyn Woo is the CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Woo focused on the first pillar of the convention theme, “Igniting that divine spark that lies within each of us, inspiring and rejuvenating leadership, and aiding us in living out our baptismal call.” Dr. Woo’s story of how campus ministry was integral to her college career and how it has shaped her into the professional, wife and mother that she is today offered inspiration to see how our work does make a difference in the lives of those we touch.

From January 9: Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Edward Hahnenberg is the holder of the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University. He will address the second pillar of our theme, “Reflecting on how we receive and respond to the light of Christ in our lives, our vocation at its core.” As campus ministers, we are not only called by God, we are also agents of God’s call. We receive and we respond. How are we extending God’s call to others? How are we helping others discover their vocation? This session begins with Vatican II’s broad and inclusive notion of vocation, and explores the relevance of this ancient category for our own ministry today. In the language of “call” we find a fruitful alternative to our contemporary culture of “choice”—one that awakens the incredible gift and the radical challenge of Christian life today.
From January 10: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will speak on the third pillar, addressing "how that spark, that vocation, that ministerial call can be lived out in our Church at its most fundamental level, the parish, and how our work is critical to evangelizing and calling forth our students to be future parish leaders." His experience and leadership in the Church will serve him well to speak on our final pillar of the conference theme.