Orlando, Florida -- More than 400 leaders in youth
ministry expressed interest in bringing Challenge or Conquest to their
church communities, according to the apostolate leaders who attended the
recent National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers in Orlando, Florida.
These representatives participated in the
3-day event as one of about 200 exhibitors.
More than 1500 Catholic youth ministers were in attendance, including
Directors of Religious Education and Diocesan directors from all over
spoke personally to about 400 participants who showed interest and
excitement in getting to know more about Challenge and Conquest
as something new that they could offer at their respective
parishes,” said Todd Brechbill, Conquest National Director.
“Fifteen new Challenge and Conquest programs were initiated
during the convention,” said Nadine McMillan, National Director of Challenge.
“These people were able to purchase our program materials there
on the spot.”
took our catalogs to show their parish priest and staff
back home,” said Todd. “We even had a few youth
ministers and diocesan directors visit the booth several times, bringing
friends with them and enthusiastically explaining what Challenge and Conquest
were all about.”
and Todd wanted to extend a special thanks to Fr.
Robert DeCesare, LC, Fr. Timothy Moran LC, and Br. Peter
Krezalek, LC, who helped run the “very busy” Challenge /Conquest
booth during the conference.
received “very positive feedback” about what Challenge/Conquest have to offer. “We are encouraged by how we can help
with the Church´s mission and assist youth ministers in their
desire to bring kids closer to Christ,” said Todd.
Youth ministers who visited the booth
said they appreciated that Conquest and Challenge programs offer “something
for everyone,” including materials for club leaders and team leaders,
prayer books, calendars, and kits for the girls and boys
“Our club leader materials
help kids to organize into groups that can be led
the teens themselves,” said Nadine. “Such programs are
desperately needed in parishes because adult volunteers are always scarce.”
Nadine said Challenge and Conquest
were at the NCCYM conference in New Orleans two years
ago, and since then she and Todd have surveyed those
attending, and consequently reshaped Challenge and Conquest programs to better
fit what youth ministers need and are looking for. “We
listened to them and redesigned our programs,” she said. “Now
they are more recognized and relevant in the world of
Catholic youth ministry.”
Conquest offer the following advantages for parishes:
“Youth ministers at the convention wanted to
know more about our comprehensive curriculum for 5th through 12th
graders, that were designed using the real questions kids ask,”
said Todd. “The programs feature weekly themes, activities, gospel reflections
and saint stories for each age group.”
Another attractive aspect of Conquest/Challenge programs is that
they feature apostolic service projects as part of the curriculum.
“We offer over 40 different
project options that have been tested and proven to work,”
For more information
on Challenge click here and for Conquest, here.