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Sister Kieran Sawyer, SSND, is nationally known for her creative work in youth ministry and catechesis. Over the years she has taught religion at all levels of grade and high school, in Catholic schools and in religious education programs, and has presented workshops and programs for religion teachers and youth ministers across the country.
Sister Kieran is the founder and Director Emeritus of the TYME OUT Youth Center in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, where for many years she directed retreats and character education programs for teens and pre-teens. Her current ministry includes promoting family-based chastity education and abuse prevention programs, and conducting training workshops for catechists and youth ministers.
Sister Kieran was honored by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry as a recipient of the 2006 National Youth Ministry Award.
Sister Kieran is available to come to your diocese or area to give a wide range of presentations for teachers in Catholic grade and high schools, and/or for youth ministers and catechists in parish programs. She has a listing of possible topics and a calendar of her recent and future presentations.
Sister Kieran has been publishing catechetcal materials for many decades. She has written a variety of books that are available for purchase, presentaions for webinars, numerous articles for catechetical publications and she continues to write session plans for the online program Youth Ministry Access.
One of Sister Kieran's primary focuses is helping children and teens to understand relationships and sexuality. Central to her teaching is the acronym L.I.F.E., which she uses to explain the distinction between four basic human relationships: Love, as in committed family love; Infatuation, the emotionally exciting experience known as falling-in-love; Friendship, our basic every-day relationships based on respect, trust, and acceptance; and Exploitation, our human propensity to use people rather than respect and love them.
Lessons in which she helps her various audiences to grasp the importance of these concepts can be found in her high school text Sex and the Teenager, in the Conversations about L.I.F.E. program, and in several of the session she has written for Youth Ministry Access.