ICYMI 061115

Here is the latest in our weekly series offering a set of hyperlinks useful to the Catholic Youth Ministry field just In Case You Missed It.  We will be posting these on Thursdays, now, and hope to continue if we have not reached the end of the line. (see the links) Please pass these along in your e-newsletters (and offer Project YM a little love in the process, please.)

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have been told previously that I too often post bad news – something that I long ago resolved to avoid.   And, yet, our pictures accompanying this post remind us that we do occasionally observe some rather grim news: Christian Smith reports that one-half of youth who self-identified as Catholic as teenagers no longer identified as Catholics 10 years later in their 20s. That is a 50 percent loss through attrition in one decade.
  • In the first half of this video asking “What will the Catholic Church look like in 20 years?” Matthew Kelly responds with hope for the future.
  • Speaking of Hope and the future, are you following the Hope for the Decades webposium series that has been running here at ProjectYM?
  • Is your parish alive? Pope Francis has suggested that parishes should be less like museums and more like battle front aid stations. Joe Paprocki thinks that our parishes could be great spiritual wellness centers.
  • Prayers for the NFCYM which is going deeper into their strategic planning process this week.
  • Of course, if the Church is dead, ain’t no on told them yet. Pope Francis this morning released his long-awaited encyclical  Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home and we are awaiting next week the instrumentum laboris (principal working document) for October’s Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.
  • Many in professional youth ministry are still in their 20’s. You guys ain’t dead yet! Donald Miller has a great bucket list for twenty-somethings who are alive and therefore still growing and maturing.  Meanwhile, Josh Griffin recognized that youth workers over 40 ain’t dead yet, either and there are things that they are better at  such an age and, also, things we are worse at. 
  • There has been an ongoing video series regarding the Social Media Revolution. Here is the latest updated version or find it below.
  • On Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 2:00pm ET, the USCCB will kick off a Year of Preparation in advance of World Youth Day 2016 with a live-streamed event featuring Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, USCCB Episcopal Liaison to World Youth Day from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Watch and learn about resources to support pilgrims heading to Krakow, Poland as well as those celebrating from home. www.wydusa.org
  • Finally, if you are heading to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia with young people this September, perhaps you will find yourself bowling with Bishops.
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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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