National Catholic Youth Leadership Forum

National Catholic Youth Leadership Forum

“Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!”

Christus Vivit, 1.

On March 25, 2019, Pope Francis released his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit. This landmark document was the first Papal document to be addressed primarily to young people. In June 2019, the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life gathered around 250 young people from all over the World for their Post-Synod Forum on Christus Vivit.

From June 28-30, 2021, the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America and Light the World! Summer Institute will gather youth from across the United States, in a virtual setting, to explore the key themes of Christus Vivit, to learn from one another about the realities that face Catholic youth, and to develop key points to share with leaders in their local communities that will assist youth to be protagonists in their communities of faith as Pope Francis urged in Christus Vivit. This project will be in collaboration with dioceses across the United States to nominate youth to join this virtual forum.


Participants Will…

  • Learn the national realities facing Catholic Youth including main concerns, areas of interest, and causes for hope!
  • Hear from national pastoral leaders on the key themes of Christus Vivit and process them with their peers to evaluate their importance fir and impact on Catholic Youth in the United States.
  • Collaborate with their peers to create a list of priorities they feel are most important for Catholic Youth across the nation to feel more welcome in Church communities and to be protagonists in those communities of faith.

 

“The young want to be protagonists of change. Please, do not leave it to others to be protagonists of change. You are the ones who hold the future! Through you, the future enters into the world. I ask you also to be protagonists of this transformation. You are the ones who hold the key to the future!”

Christus Vivit, 174


Our Presenters

 

Brenda Noriega, M.A.

Brenda Noriega is a young minister committed to accompaniment and evangelization. She earned a master’s degree in pastoral ministries from the University of Santa Clara. Brenda collaborates in multiple national and international committees including the International Youth Consultative Body for the Dicastery of Laity and Family Life in Rome. In her current professional role as Mission Educator-Promoter with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Brenda forms and accompanies young people and their families developing their leadership skills to become missionary disciples practicing their Christian values in their daily life.

Brenda Noriega es una joven comprometida al acompañamiento y la evangelización de jóvenes. Obtuvo una maestría en ministerios pastorales de la Universidad de Santa Clara. Brenda colabora en múltiples comités nacionales e internacionales incluyendo el Organismo Consultivo Internacional de la Juventud para el Dicasterio de los Laicos y la Vida Familiar en Roma. En su actual rol profesional como animadora y promotora de misiones con Maryknoll Padres y Hermanos, Brenda forma y acompaña a los jóvenes y sus familias a desarrollar sus habilidades de liderazgo para convertirse en discípulos misioneros practicando sus valores cristianos en su vida diaria.

 

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D.Min.

Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. is Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center and a member of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers). He is also Executive Director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men of the United States (CMSM). His academic background, teaching, presenting, pastoral and administrative work are focused primarily around evangelization, spiritual formation, and pastoral practice that fosters greater co-responsibility and collaboration among all the baptized. He is a Lecturer in the undergraduate Theology program in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. Fr. Frank has an extensive background in young adult ministry, particularly at the collegiate level, and has assisted pastorally at various universities in Maryland and the District of Columbia over the last twenty-two years. Currently, he assists the Office of Campus Ministry at The Catholic University of America.

 

 

Dr. Pat Sprankle, D.Min.

Dr. Patrick Sprankle (Pat), husband and father, is currently Director of Youth Ministry at St. Louis Church Clarksville, MD. Having served two parishes over a 35+ year span, and has extensive experience with middle and high school young people and young adults. Pat graduated from Graduate Theological Foundation with a doctorate in Ministry (2007) and holds a Master’s in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University (1995). Pat has been adjunct theology professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University and guest lecturer at Catholic University. He has also presented both locally and nationally at retreats and conferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Rhude

Brian Rhude serves as the Assistant Director of Summer Programs and Formation for the Lay Apostolate. A two time counselor for Light the World!, Brian is happy to have returned to the program in the capacity of Program Director.

Brian received his Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI in 2016 and will receive his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies with a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2020. Brian was present at the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment as a member of the press through his work with the Catholic Apostolate Center in Washington D.C. where he serves, part-time, as the Project Coordinator. In 2019, Brian was one of two representatives from the United States to the Post-Synodal Forum on Young People, along with Brenda Noriega, that was hosted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life.

Brian has been a member of the National Advisory Team for Young Adult Ministry to the USCCB since the Summer of 2019, is a speaker, presenter, and writer on the local and national level on various topics including vocation, discernment, and spiritual accompaniment, and serves as a music minister in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.

 

Additional presenter information will be made available shortly!


Sample Schedule

*All times in Eastern Daylight Time*

 

11:00am…………………………………..Welcome

11:20am…………………………………..Opening Prayer

11:40am…………………………………..Witness Talk

11:45am…………………………………..Morning Keynote

12:45pm…………………………………..Breakout Groups

1:30pm……………………………………..Lunch Break

2:30pm…………………………………….Witness Talk

2:35pm…………………………………….Afternoon Keynote

3:35pm…………………………………………Break

3:45pm……………………………………..Breakout Groups

4:45pm……………………………………. Closing