Program Overview

ASCEND is an annual series of short professional growth sessions intended for youth ministry leaders in which they will continue to ascend higher in their relationship with Christ and in their youth ministry knowledge and skills. Each year we focus on 4 unique topics that are picked by youth ministers in the field.


Sample Topics

Fruitful Parent Meetings (2023)

Discover and discuss ways to ensure that your meetings and ministry with parents are fruitful and meet the goals of your parish's ministry with young people.

Navigating Parish Dynamics (2023)

Everyone has thought of what Youth Ministry should be. Learn how to effectively balance the expectations of your pastor, co-workers, parents, and youth as you lead youth ministry at your parish.

Retreat Planning 2.0 (2024)

No two groups of young people are the same, so no two retreats should be exactly the same. Learn and develop the skills to take your retreats to the next level.

Growing your Emotional Intelligence (2024)

Emotional intelligence is the one part of the human psyche that we can develop and improve by learning and practicing new skills. This growth is essential to continue to thrive as a youth ministry leader.

Program Details

  • Cost - $35/person
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location - St. Dominic Chancery  |  2403 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021

2023-2024 Cohort

Thursday Cohort Dates:

  • Part 1  |  September 25, 2023
  • Part 2  |  Novmber 27, 2023
  • Part 3  |  January 22, 2024
  • Part 4  |  March 18, 2024

Brian Henritze,
Associate Director

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