Engaging a New Generation: A Vision for Reach Catholic Teens

Award-winning youth minister reveals how to keep kids Catholic

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, June 27, 2012 – Compelling new research profiling the behaviors, attitudes, and needs of Millennial and Gen Z youth gives solid insight on how to keep them from dropping out of the Catholic Church after Confirmation.

Engaging a New Generation: A Vision for Reaching Catholic Teens (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) presents author Frank Mercadante's renowned model for youth ministry – acclaimed nationwide as one of the most successful.

CORRECTED PARAGRAPH: A cradle Catholic, Mercadante began his work with youth in 1981 after experiencing a powerful spiritual conversion and realization that adolescence is pivotal in someone's decision to adhere to his faith.

Engaging a New Generation is really the basis for Mercadante's apostolate, Cultivation Ministries, for which he's founder and executive director. “Prepare, sow, grow, and reap” are the pillars on which this model is based. Readers can apply this basic model to their parish setting, and ultimately reproduce leaders who live their faith and the mission of the Church. “By knowing why certain plans work, we have a better chance to repeat them” stated Bishop Timothy Doherty, Diocese of Lafayette, IN.

“Frank Mercadante’s passion for the young Church and his commitment to a comprehensive approach to pastoral ministry is evident on every page of Engaging a New Generation,” stated Bob McCarty, Executive Director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

See the video book trailer on YouTube.

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About the Author

Frank Mercadante is the founder and Executive Director of Cultivation Ministries, a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1990 for the purpose of cultivating team-based, comprehensive, and disciple making Catholic youth ministries by training, resourcing and supporting adult and teen leaders. Cultivation Ministries has served over eighty-five dioceses, hundreds of parishes, and thousands of youth ministers internationally.

Mercadante is a graduate of Wheaton College, where he received his B.A. in Christian Education. In addition, he has a master's in pastoral studies from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Youth Ministry from the Center for Ministry Development.

Mercadante was Director of Youth Ministry at St. John Neumann in St. Charles, IL, for ten years, recognized at that time as one of the most successful youth ministry programs in the country. Rev. Patrick Brennan featured Mercadante’s work in youth evangelization in the book Parishes that Excel.

Mercadante has designed and written extensive youth ministry training materials used to help train and equip adult and student leaders in over ninety dioceses internationally. He authored Growing Teen Disciples (Ave Maria Press 1998/St. Mary’s Press 2002), as well as Disciples in Mission Small Group Leader’s Guide for Teens, a series of small group materials for youth (Paulist National Evangelization Association, 1999). Additionally, Frank authored Positively Dangerous. Live Loud, Be Real, and Change Your World (St. Mary’s Press, 2003), and Making It Real. A Practical Resource for Teen-Friendly Youth Evangelization. (St. Mary’s Press, Dec 2004), Engaging A New Generation: A Vision for Reaching Catholic Teens (Our Sunday Visitor, Spring 2012). He is currently writing small group materials for teens for Paulist Evangelization Ministries’ new parish renewal program, Living the Eucharist (Lent 2012).

Frank is the 2008 recipient of the National Youth Ministry Award in Training from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

Frank is married to Diane and has six children.

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