Saturday, January 17, 2009

Virtual Symposium On Adolescent Catechesis

Virtual Symposium On Adolescent Catechesis

The Virtual Symposium on Adolescent Catechesis was organised by the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis on November 5-8, 2008. The three national organizations comprising the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis are the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Additional support is provided by representatives from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

The Virtual Symposium was hosted on the internet and provided quality recorded video, slide handouts, and discussion guides. The question raised at the symposium was: "What is necessary for effective adolescent catechesis in the Catholic Church given the current and emerging environments in the United States?..." and the goal of the Symposium was
"to identify the factors that affect adolescent faith formation and their implications, to develop a common language that will help establish standards for effective adolescent catechesis and its assessment, to establish tools for addressing the creation of comprehensive youth faith formation programs."
The Virtual Symposium was hosted on on and many of the audiovisual and written documents generated in preperation for and during the symposium are still available on that Web site at

More information on the symposium is available on the NIAC (The National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis) Web site at . This NIAC Web site also makes available a number of documents on adolescent catechesis: items for the National Symposium on Adolescent Catechesis and Items found in Source Book on Adolescent Catechesis, Volume One. Therese are found at

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