The newest generations speak a new language: technology. How are we as the Body of Christ responding to their needs? To provide an encounter with Jesus in their native language of technology, we need to equip pastors, parents, parish staff, volunteers, and, well everyone in their parishes and at home with effective and innovative tools. The Church can come to understand their identity and how God intends to speak through this generation with investment in assessments like Strengthsfinder, APEST, and MCORE with trained mentors and in multimedia practices that will pave the way for new generations of Catholics. Out are the days of, "this is how we always do that" and in are the days of creative, zealous ministries that embody the Church's mission of evangelization. Just like the apostles, we need to have tongues of fire above our heads and speak truth.
Speaker: Rory Mitrik
Director of Youth & Young Adult Discipleship, Saint Vincent Basilica Parish
Rory is a passionate youth leader with a decade of youth ministry experience, as both a volunteer and as a Youth Minister. He has recently taken a position at Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, where he and his wife, Jessica, met while in college and were married. Prior to his current position, Rory was the Director of Evangelization at Ss. Simon & Jude Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, where he had his hand in the Communication efforts of the parish as well as youth ministry. His graduate studies in Film & Digital Technology from Chatham University have allowed him to implement real world digital media practices into his ministry with Catholic parishes, non-profits like the Renew the "I do" marriage foundation, Gospa Missions, St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, and at Bishop Canevin High School. He is also trained as a Strengths Coach through the Human Formation Coalition, aimed at forming lay leaders in parishes. Rory and Jessica have two children, Madeline and Micah, and live in Latrobe, PA.