Certificate in Youth Evangelization

The Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) exists to help equip Catholics who want to embrace the missionary nature of the Christian life through certificates, talks, and workshops.

Effectively engaging and evangelizing teens is a challenging task to undertake in a cultural context that has changed dramatically in recent years.  What are the key strategies and skills necessary for effective youth evangelization?  Join us to find out!

This certificate focuses on the Church’s vision for evangelizing and accompanying young people, particularly teenagers, and the practical skills necessary for this task in parish life today.

Schedule

Workshops are scheduled to be in-person at the Pastoral Center in Braintree (8:30 am to 3:30 pm).

January 7

The Church’s Vision for Youth Evangelization

The Church's Vision for Youth Evangelization

This session will include:

  • Time in Prayer
  • Introductions among instructors and certificate participants
  • A review of the Church’s vision for youth evangelization
  • A review of various models for youth ministry
  • A review of the journey of discipleship and relational ministry

February 11

Coordinating Parish Efforts at Youth Evangelization

Coordinating Parish Efforts at Youth Evangelization

This session will include:

  • Time in Prayer
  • Consideration of how to coordinate parish efforts to evangelize young people
  • How to Engage Parents of Young People
  • How to Form and Equip Adults to Accompany Young People
  • Ministry to Those on the Margins

March 11

Planning Various Gatherings of Young People

Planning Various Gatherings of Young People

This session will include:

  • Time in Prayer
  • The Ecclesial Method Event Template
  • Small Group Facilitation
  • Witness: Sharing Personal Testimony with Young People
  • Kerygma: Sharing the Good News with Young People
  • Planning Liturgy and Sacraments with and for Young People

April 15

Understanding and Implementing Policies & Guidelines

Understanding and Implementing Policies & Guidelines

This session will include:

  • Time in Prayer
  • A review of CORI, Protecting God’s Children (Virtus/PGC), and Safe Environment requirements for ministry with young people
  • Best Practices for Communicating with Young People
  • How to Manage Trips Off Campus with Young People
  • Retreats, Service Trips, and Pilgrimages

May 13

Addressing Important Particular Topics with Young People

Addressing Important Particular Topics with Young People

This session will include:

  • Time in Prayer
  • Theology of the Body
  • Catholic Sexual Ethics
  • Mental Health
  • Teen Apologetics

June 10

Discernment, Vocations, and Reviewing Field Work

Discernment, Vocations, and Reviewing Field Work

This session will include:

  • Time in Prayer
  • Vocations Discernment
  • Confirmation and Youth Ministry
  • Field Work Experiences Review
  • An Extended Time for Discussion and Review

Certificate Instructors

Below are the instructors for the Youth Evangelization Certificate.

Liz Cotrupi's Bio

Liz is first and foremost, a daughter of God. She is  married to her best friend, Tony, and enjoys his help with preparing couples for marriage. She has three adult children and loves being “Nana” to her grandkids. Liz started serving in ministry when her children were small as many moms do. Eventually, her pastor asked her to run the high school faith formation program. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in business from Worcester State College, she knew she needed more theology. After certificates in catechesis and youth ministry, she moved on to get her Master of Theological Studies from Saint John’s Seminary. Before coming to the Archdiocese of Boston in 2016, Liz was the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Worcester Diocese. She has been blessed to serve on team for Cursillo, lead pilgrimages to Marian sites, and mission trips locally and abroad.

Liz Cotrupi

Director of Family Life & Ecclesial Movements
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Chris Donoghue's Bio

Chris is originally from Caldwell, New Jersey and has lived in Massachusetts since 1991. He is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in both Theology and History. After college Chris began a 31-year career in the life insurance industry where he worked in sales, distribution, and account management for the estate planning and charitable giving market.  Throughout his professional career Chris was also actively engaged in serving his parish in a variety of roles including working part-time as a parish youth minister, volunteering in faith formation for both children and adults, serving on the parish RCIA team as catechist and sponsor, and coordinating parish-wide evangelization efforts by running the ChristLife series.

In 2017 Chris left the corporate world and transitioned his passion for the gospel into a full-time position with the Archdiocese of Boston, where he seeks to support parishes in the mission of forming and equipping disciples for the work of evangelization.

Chris and his wife Krissy currently live in Attleboro, MA with their sons Brendan and Kolbe.

Chris Donoghue

Evangelization Consultant
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Michael Lavigne's Bio

A native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Michael Lavigne currently serves as Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Boston, which includes his work as Director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support. Additionally, Michael is the President of The Institute for the New Evangelization. 

Previously he was the Senior Associate to the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization in Boston and prior to that he was the Director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. 

For the past 29 years he has served in the Catholic Church in a variety of leadership roles for evangelization and faith formation in diocesan, parish, and Catholic school settings. On the side he has served as a member of the school committee of his hometown and coached middle/high school sports. He is a workshop presenter and retreat facilitator who covers a wide array of topics – from Evangelization to Chastity to Family Life to the Eucharist to the Dignity of Life and more. 

Michael’s most important roles, outside of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, are that of husband and father. He is married to Lori and they are the proud parents of Michael Jr., Mariana, John Paul, Therese, Julia, Chiara, Celeste, and Timothy. The Lavigne’s reside in North Dighton, Massachusetts. Michael and Lori produce a podcast on the domestic church called Raising 8: A Couple of Sinners Trying to Raise Saints (raising8.net). 

Michael has earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and communications from Rhode Island College, as well as a Master of Arts degree in theology from Providence College.

Michael Lavigne

Assistant Cabinet Secretary
for Evangelization and Discipleship
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Cost and Registration

The certificate costs $295 per person. Please contact us to inquire about financial aid.

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