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Hope Comes Home

2020 Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Conference  



The theme of this year’s conference is, “Hope Comes Home.” We hear in the words of the Instrumentum Laboris in preparation for the Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, that “young people are called to become heralds of the resurrection” (IL, 76).


As we accompany young people along the road of faith, we have the blessed privilege to not only bring young men and women into the fullness of life and relationship with Jesus Christ, but infuse youthful energy, Spirit-led joy and vibrancy into our communities. When young people know they are welcome and experience the “mercy and tenderness from the Church,” hope really does come home.


Through our keynote addresses, our workshop topics as well as our prayerful collaboration with one another, we look forward to unpacking the fruits of the Synod and look forward to practical implementation of skill and knowledge into day-to-day ministerial life. As our Holy Father has said, “hope opens new horizons, making us capable of dreaming what is not even imaginable.” – Our Hope, Pope Francis


Honoured Guest

His Excellency

Bishop Thomas Dowd

Thomas Dowd was born in Montreal on Sept. 11, 1970, and ordained a priest on Dec. 7, 2001. Following his theological studies at the Grand Seminary of Montreal, he did pastoral work, from 2001 to 2005, in the Montreal parishes of Holy Name of Jesus, Saint Thomas à Becket, Saint Veronica and Saint Luke. From 2005 to 2006, he served as chaplain at Lakeshore General Hospital. From 2006 to 2011, he was associate director of the Office for Pastoral Personnel. In September 2010, he was named director of formation for the Archdiocese of Montreal.

On July 11, Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Dowd as auxiliary bishop to assist our Archbishop Christian Lépine with the important task of proposing Jesus Christ in Montreal. His Episcopal ordination took place Sept. 10 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

​His Excellency Bishop Dowd was one of four episcopal delegates elected by the CCCB to attend the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.  During this time he was called upon to offer an intervention on the overall theme, which can be found here.

Keynote Speaker

Katie Prejean McGrady

Katie Prejean is an international speaker, educator, & author. Since 2007, Katie has been traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada sharing a unique blend of humor & storytelling, coupled with teaching theological truth, to engage audiences of all ages. Katie has spoken at events large & small, including Steubenville Youth Conferences, the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry, the National Catholic Youth Conference, Los Angeles Religious Education Congress & Youth Day, in dioceses & parishes from coast to coast, and has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, & shows on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM. Katie has written extensively, publishing two books – Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus – with Ave Maria Press. She has published with Life Teen International, written for the USCCB “For Your Marriage” website, writes weekly for Epicpew.com, and maintains a blog here at katieprejean.com and curlyweds.com.

Katie has her degree in Theology from the University of Dallas, loves to watch NBA Basketball, has no dance skills whatsoever, considers herself an ice cream connoisseur, and loves to read. She considers herself neither “liberal” nor “conservative,” but much prefers to be classified as “seeking Truth, straight down the middle.”

Katie is married to Tommy McGrady & lives in Louisiana with their daughter, Rose, & dog, Barney.

Musical Guests

A Guy and A Girl

A Guy & A Girl are a Hamilton-based married duo composed of Jesse and Kathleen LeBlanc. The two met for the first time in 2013 in their university music building while studying in Langley, BC.


Since then, melodies from folk, pop, soul & Christian influences have inspired their music as they perform across the country.


As Catholics, A Guy & a Girl will often be found in churches, on retreats, or in living rooms leading people into worship of God through music. However, they also love the joy of entertaining; bringing smiles and goosebumps to their audiences in coffeeshops, pubs, and other social venues.


Their joyful chemistry both on and off stage is contagious, and will leave you with a smile on your face and a happy tune on your lips.

2020 CCYMN -Directors Days
Saturday Night Banquet
Saturday ONLY Registration
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Conference Schedule

Friday, February 21, 2020

5:00-7:00 PM | Registration Open

7:00- 7:15 PM | Praise and Worship music

7:15-7:30  PM | Opening addresses and Prayer

7:30- 8:30 PM | Keynote with Katie Prejean McGrady

8:30-11:00 PM | Fellowship and Social 

9:00-11:00 PM | Screening of The Francis Impact 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

7:00 -9:00 AM | Registration open
7:00 -9:00 AM | Exhibitor Check In
7:30- 9:00 AM | Continental Breakfast available

8:00 - 8:50 AM | Adoration in the Chapel 
9:00- 9:30 AM | Morning Prayer and Praise
9:30- 10:30 AM | Keynote with Katie Prejean McGrady
10:30 - 11:00 AM | Refreshment Break
11:00 - 12:00 PM | Workshop A
12:00 - 1:30 PM | Lunch

12:15- 1:15 PM | Lunch and Learn about Alpha Canada 

12:30 - 1:30 PM | Christian Meditation Experience in the Chapel

1:30- 2:15 PM | Keynote with Katie Prejean McGrady
2:15- 3:15 PM | Workshop B
3:15- 3:30 PM | Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM | Synod Discussion Panel
4:30- 5:30 PM  | Free Time

4:30-5:15 PM  | Reconciliation available in the Chapel

5:30- 6:30 PM | Celebration of the Eucharist
6:30 -7:00 PM | Cocktail hour
7:00- 7:30 PM | Gala
10:00 PM         | Conclusion of Gala

Sunday, February 23, 2020

7:30- 8:15 AM    | Mass in the Chapel 

7:30-9:00 AM    | Hot Breakfast Buffet

9:00- 9:30 AM   | Morning Prayer and Praise

9:30- 10:30 AM | Workshop C

10:30- 11:00 AM | Morning Break

11:00- 11:30 AM | Conference Close and Thank you's




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