CYM News 10-24-11

News from Around:

IINDIANAPOLIS, IN — The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is coming to Indianapolis next month.  Over 20,000 teens are expected to attend the event at the convention center November 17-19. It’s the third time the conference has been held in the Circle City.

Bishop Christopher Coyne, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, says 26 bishops will also attend and participate. The bishops will have one-on-one discussion groups and panel discussions with the teens.  Listen to the report on WIBC, Indy’s News Channel

SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE — The fifth annual Catholic student leadership convention took place on Saturday at Sacred Heart College. The theme of the convention was His voice resounds through me. According to Mrs. Eufemia Usher, Vice Principal of the host school, the purpose of the convention is to empower young people to be active leaders in their respective schools and ultimately in life. Read more from the Love FM News report.

BISMARK, ND –  More than 300 high school students from across western North Dakota attended a youth rally at Bishop Ryan High School on Thursday.

The group decided on a theme of Everything Matters and decided that each of the group members should hand out a few coins to people they spotted doing nice things. Kacey Donamaria, who also helped plan the rally, said the coin idea played into the theme for the rally, that actions matter and someone will always notice the actions that we take. Coins were passed to a boy she spotted holding open a door for another student on crutches and gave another to a student who got an extra chair for one of the seminars. Read more from the Minot Daily News.

News from ‘Round Here:

Last Monday found me up early running an errand, off to a early morning traveler’s mass for the students from Franciscan University in Steubenville, and then off to a training day regarding Hispanic Ministry… where the activity of the past weeks caught up to me.  I left the meeting early, got a haircut and a meal, and then napped, woke briefly, and then called it quits for the day.

Tuesday was a division of the youth and young adult ministry staff meeting. We discussed NCYC, evaluated the FUS student visit, and planned for WYD ‘13 with our boss, Father John Hurley.

I was up to Msgr. O’Dwyer Youth Retreat House on Wednesday for interviews for the Administrator position. It was uplifting to discuss the future of what has long been a “spiritual powerhouse” for the youngchurch. There were guests in our office from the Netherlands in the afternoon. Possibly a post on that later. Thursday found me at a meeting of our College and University Campus Ministers.  Again, how cool was this group!  So much is possible.  Meanwhile, I was sneaking back to my desk at odd hours for various projects.  Oh, and the Catholic Review published another opinion piece of mine.

On Friday, we addressed the issue of Rally for Life tickets.  We had received an allotment for the Verizon Center and had to figure how to address a small shortfall from our requested amount. Then, I escaped for an early afternoon matinee of The Ides of March.  After that, Friday and Saturday were very quiet.

Photo0005Sunday I baked cookies for the High School Leadership Institute and then did a high energy clean up of the apartment. Watched a little football and then it was off for the afternoon – a cookie drop-off and a thanks for your service visit and then off to the young adult Mass at the Basilica. As the sun id drifting to the horizon, the shadows roam over the dome.  it was my mediation view of the day.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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