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Listed below are some topics and synopses from Sister Kieran's past presentations. You will notice an overlapping in the contents, as each presentation was prepared according to the specific wishes of the hosting group.
DEVELOPING THE FAITH OF ADOLESCENTS
How do we interest 21st Century youth in the age-old truths of the Catholic faith? The teens and pre-teens of today and tomorrow need a total youth ministry program that engages their minds and hearts, yet presents the theological and spiritual content needed for solid spiritual growth. This workshop provides suggestions for implementing such a faith development program in a parish.
DEVELOPING THE FAITH OF ADOLESECENTS (A demonstration)
Using a panel of local teens, Sister Kieran presents a variety of dynamics that can be used to help teens think deeply about their faith and share openly both their convictions and their questions.
TEENS AND GOD -- Demonstration Panel
The teens of today need a youth ministry program that engages their minds and opens their hearts. They also need to learn the theological content which supports solid spiritual growth. In this workshop Sister Kieran will present a variety of activities and exercises that work with teens. The program will include a demonstration with a panel of local teenagers.
CHARACTER AND RELATIONSHIPS
The young people who attend this session will be helped to think about what it means to be a person of character. They will examine how their character determines how they act in relationships -- with friends, family members, teammates, fellow workers, boyfriends/girlfriends – and how these interactions help to define their character. The session will include input from the presenter, small group discussions, and feedback from a panel of teen participants.
"WE HAD ALL THAT": THE CATECHETICAL COMPONENT OF YOUTH MINISTRY
How do we teach the basic content of the Catholic faith to young people who are convinced that they’ve “had all that”? How can we engage their minds and hearts to think in new ways about the basic catechetical content of their faith: sacraments, incarnation, covenant, morality, sin, and grace? How do we teach the content required by the US Bishops’ Curriculum Framework in ways that will keep teens awake and even excite them? In this workshop Sister Kieran Sawyer shares some of the creative methods and techniques she has developed in her long years as catechist, teacher, youth minister, and youth retreat director.