Don’t get me wrong, I  love being Catholic. I love the church, the Magestrium, Pope Francis, and our traditions that have survived over two thousand years. One of the issues I do have is that we are loosing young people to the secular media and a relativist world. Our young people are not in the churches, they are online. With that in mind, I compiled a list of my favorite Catholic Media sites that I believe do an awesome job reaching out to young people in the church in efforts to bring them home:

downloadChastity Project

Perhaps I am a little biased in putting this on the list due to my work with them, but they are so deserving of being on this list. The project was started by Jason and Crystalina Evert who work to make resources available to students about the importance of chastity in a world that doesn’t encourage it.

They have traveled around the world spreading their message and run an awesome website where visitors can view their books and chastity resources, as well as a blog where writers (like myself) share their thoughts and reflections on chastity. Their work is so good and their message needs to be heard.

download (1)LifeTeen International

Life Teen is an organization that provides resources for parishes in developing a youth ministry program. I’m a big fan of their site because, like the Chastity Project, they post amazing blogs that cover thousands of topics about the faith. I visit the site and walk away learning something new about the faith.

It’s a great resource, it’s easy to navigate, and they are doing some great work for the rest of the world. It was launched out of Arizona in 1985 and now serves over sixteen hundred parishes in over 31 countries around the world.

imagesSteubenville Conferences

The Steubenville Conferences are headed by the Christian Outreach Office at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. They host 14 youth conferences and 6 adult conferences every summer in which thousands and thousands of people come to hear amazing speakers, a one of a kind adoration experiance, amazing praise and worship, and (of course) an one on one encounter with Christ.

Luckily, the conferences don’t have to end at the end of the weekend. Most of the talks and homilies are posted online for those who don’t have the opportunity to go, or those who need to hear the message one more time. I like watching them when I’m lacking in my faith and need a reminder of my time and growth at the conferences.

Each talk is so fruitful and well done. It’s an organization that has brought and will continue to bring thousands back to the church.

primary_focus_logoFOCUS

Fellowship of Catholic University Students was founded in 1998 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas by Curtis Martin to  evangelize to Catholic college students across the country. College is when most young people tend to leave the faith mostly due to seriously seeking an encounter with Christ.

FOCUS goes to their colleges and universities to change their hearts and and set their faith on fire.

logo-word-on-fireFather Robert Barron’s Word On Fire

I was introduced to Father Barron’s ministry very recently and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite resources for all things Catholic. Father Barron’s church is the media and he works hard to deliver the truth to thousands. He has amazing YouTube videos in which he discusses the church in the most basic terms and what makes him unique from other YouTube Channels, he reads every comment made on each video and tries to respond and answer every question on each comment.

His books are amazing and  his ministry is doing some serious good. It’s a must have resource.

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