FOR RELEASE: Immediate DATE SENT: November 23, 2016
SUBJECT: Cindee Case Receives National Youth Ministry Award
MORE INFO: Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, 330-744-8451
Cindee Case, Director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Youngstown has been selected by the Board of Directors of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) to receive the National Youth Ministry Award in the National category.
This Award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution in Youth Ministry on a National Level impacting the field of Youth Ministry and who has influenced the National Church on behalf of the young church and/or those who serve in Youth Ministry.
The award will be given to a Catholic/Christian adult who exhibits a behavior that serves as a model to other adults involved in ministry with youth. The recipients must be recognized at the international, national, regional, or diocesan level for their contributions to the field of youth ministry or to work with youth. Their life and their work should reflect and support the ideals established in A Vision of Youth Ministry (USCCB, 1976) and Renewing the Vision (USCCB, 1997). Cindee was nominated by her colleagues in Region VI (Ohio and Michigan), with letters of support from other leaders around the county.
Ms. Case began serving our diocese in February 2002 after having worked in the Archdiocese of Atlanta as Director of Young Adult Ministry, the Diocese of St. Augustine as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and the Diocese of Cleveland as a Youth Ministry Specialist in the CYO Offices in Cleveland, Elyria and Akron. She was a parish youth minister at Holy Family in Stow for four years, and on the youth ministry team at St. Patrick Parish as a college student at Kent State University. Cindee earned a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, and Center for Ministry Development Certificates in Youth Ministry Studies and in Ministry with Young Adults.
Through the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Cindee works with parishes around the diocese towards better engagement with and outreach to high school teens and young adults in their twenties and thirties. The office provides periodic training workshops, classes and networking sessions to assist adults serving in these ministries, as well as administers programs like the recent Diocesan Youth Convention, the summer young adult pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, and the biennial National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. Cindee also posts to numerous social media sites to communicate with young people and their ministers and manages the web-resources at http://youngstownoyyam.weebly.com
When asked about her work with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), Ms. Case stated: “The NFCYM provides wonderful resources to support our local efforts such as print materials, reliable website listings, and quality conferences. It has been an honor for me to volunteer with them for the past twenty years in various capacities that have helped me build new skills as well as supportive relationships with colleagues in other dioceses. I love “borrowing ideas” and bouncing ideas off those in similar sized dioceses. The Diocese of Youngstown benefits directly as I am informed of new trends, resources, scholarships and opportunities that can be passed along to the parishes.”
The Award will be presented during the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry on December 1, 2016 in San Jose, California. General Sessions of the conference (including the awards ceremony) will be available via live-streaming at: http://www.nccym.info
For additional information please contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at 330-744-8451 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.