Welcome to Phase Three

Bishop Frank Caggiano invites all Ambassadors who wish to continue their formation to join together for 3 webinars and 1 in-person event.

Please see the sections below to register for each event. The webinar registration form will register you for all 3 webinars. Please note both the in-person event on Oct. 2nd and Mass on Oct. 16th require separate registrations if you wish to attend those events.

Approaching the Second Circle: The Challenge and the Blessing!

Webinar: September 11

The first task for Ambassadors – and missionary disciples - is knowing the territory to which we are being sent! We need to assess the ministerial landscape, consider why people are increasingly disaffiliating from Church, and examine the implications for parish life, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. This session will identify key elements of a ministry map that will guide our pastoral response and a practical model for reaching out to the “Second Circle.” And we will highlight the characteristics of an engaged community that proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The session runs from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Our Presenter: Dr. Robert McCarty

Dr. Bob McCarty is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America and The University of Dallas. He offers consultations, retreats, workshops, and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. Bob serves as the project coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press research project, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. His most recent book is Faith Talk: Having Conversations with Young People That Matter! (Saint Mary’s Press2018). Bob is a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and adult faith formation program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. Bob has a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana and an MA in Religious Education from LaSalle University.

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Listening to Understand

Webinar: September 25

At the heart of our role as Ambassadors is the desire to understand those whom we will accompany. Many take their listening skills for granted. We often assume it is clear that we are practicing active listening. Accepting criticism well, dealing with people’s feelings, and trying to understand what others think all require strong active listening skills. Fortunately, how to talk less and listen more – how to listen to understand – is a skill that can be learned. Effective listening can create miracles when it happens. This workshop will not only help you be a better Ambassador but a better leader.

The session runs from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Our Presenter: Ann Marie Eckert

Ann Marie worked for 11 years as a Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services for the Center for Ministry Development and Project Coordinator for YouthLeader and Just5Days. Ann Marie holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary in Buffalo, New York. She previously held the position of Associate Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Ann Marie worked in diocesan ministry for over 10 years. She has authored and contributed to a number of books including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry, Ministry Resources for Youth Leadership Development, Ministry Resources for Community Life, and Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministry. Ann Marie teaches Foundations of Ministry Leadership and Skills for Christian Leadership in the Certificate Program. In September 2012, Ann Marie began her new position at St. Catherine of Siena Parish In Ithaca, New York.

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Hard as Nails


Hard As Nails (HAN) is a Catholic ministry whose focus is to evangelize youth and young adults. This ministry travels the country to offer retreats at parishes, high schools, youth groups, etc. with a simple mission: to build up the Kingdom of God with a focus on awakening the world to the power of God's love.

Our Presenter: Justin Fatica

Justin Fatica is the Executive Director of Hard as Nails Ministries. He is the author of 5 books, including 2 bestsellers, and is the Main Speaker for HN. Justin leads the ministry both spiritually and operationally, with the support of the HN Bishop Advisory Board, office staff, and many others. He lives in Syracuse, NY, with his 5 children and beautiful wife, Mary Elizabeth Fatica.

Panel Discussion

Webinar: October 9

Join us for a Panel Discussion with several folks who will offer their expertise.

Each panelist will be asked to offer advice to the Ambassadors to help them in crafting a pastoral response to what they hear. While it is important to listen, as an example, it is also important not to simply agree with everything the ambassadors hear. What’s the difference between “hearing” someone and nodding in agreement or approval? Where can ambassadors offer as a response if a sensitive subject comes up? How can we effectively welcome people home who feel like they no longer belong/are welcome/etc.? How can ambassadors bring the truth and beauty of the faith into the conversation? How do we respond to hurt when we are not in a position to solve their concerns?

A period of open dialogue will occur after short presentations by panelists.

The session runs from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

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Join Us for the Mass of Commissioning

October 16 at 12:00 Noon
St. Augustine Cathedral

Join Bishop Caggiano as he commissions all ambassadors in advance of their charge to go out and welcome others back to their faith community. Register today!


Questions about the Ambassador program?

Send us an email at institute@diobpt.org.