Moving Forward in Hope: The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis – Andrea Kopp and Michael Theisen


Product Type: Mp3 Recording

An examination of the newly published document by the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis, “The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis”, written to inspire those who are involved in catechetical ministry with adolescents. This interactive session will break open the content of the document as well as facilitate opportunities for participants to share input on the practical applications of the principles presented, and provide suggestions to the PAC organizations (NCEA, NCCL and NFCYM) on tools and resources most needed in supporting leaders and catechists as they move forward in hope to accompany young people and their families through parish and school ministry.


Andrea Kopp serves at the Assistant Director of Professional Development for the National Catholic Educational Association. She has 17 years of teaching and ministry experience and joined the staff of NCEA in 2015. Andrea has held several leadership roles in the schools and parishes where she has served including: Social Studies Department Chair, iPad Coordinator, Google Apps Administrator, Curriculum Team Leader, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Confirmation Coordinator. In her work at NCEA she produces and hosts their webinar content, serves as the NCEA representative on several national committees and works closely with Catholic partner organizations as well as speaking and presenting at a variety of conferences and events. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and 2 boys.

Michael Theisen has been involved in faith formation and ministry to youth and families for 30 years, authoring more than 15 books and numerous articles. His experience as a speaker, trainer and ministry leader reaches from parish to diocesan and national levels and he enjoys creatively engaging learners and colleagues on the topic of passing on the faith to the next generation of disciples. Michael works as the Director of Ministry Formation for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in Washington DC and also serves as the National Coordinator for the Strong Catholic Families Initiative. He resides with his family in Rochester, NY.

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