I just received the following press release:
Evangelist, Youth Minister Paul George writing YOUCAT study guide
George, Ignatius Press Founder/Editor Fr. Joseph Fessio on ‘Life on the Rock’ Aug. 4
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3, 2011 – Internationally known evangelist and youth minister Paul George, co-founder and director of ADORE ministries, is writing a study guide for YOUCAT¸ the youth catechism now available in North America from Ignatius Press.
George and Jesuit Fr. Joseph Fessio, founder and editor of Ignatius Press, will appear live Thursday night on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock,” which airs at 10/9C. They will discuss how YOUCAT will reignite the teaching of the faith among young people.
Set for distribution in less than two weeks at 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid, YOUCAT already has proven to be a hit with young Catholics in North America. Since release in late April by Ignatius Press, the English-language edition of the book has been selected as a primary resource for all 2011 and 2012 Steubenville youth conferences. A game developed for use at the conferences and by youth and young adult ministers – the YOUCAT Challenge – also is receiving acclaim for its innovative way of opening YOUCAT to young Catholic audiences.
YOUCAT adapts the content of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to a format intended to engage young people and young adults. It is an accessible and contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. YOUCAT includes questions and answers, highly readable commentary, margin photos and illustrations, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and quotes from the Saints and other great teachers.
“I beg you,” Pope Benedict XVI writes in the book’s foreword, “study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of your time for it.”
“YOUCAT is an amazing book,” George said. “I’ve read it from cover to cover, and I’m thrilled to be part of the effort to provide a study guide for youth ministers and others to use in helping Catholics really break open this incredible work.”
ADORE began in 2004 in George’s home diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La. Under the guidance of Bishop Sam Jacobs, George and Fr. Mark Toups began ADORE as an outreach to lead people into what they were created for – a relationship with God. ADORE ministries now are found in cities across the nation, and George travels extensively helping to fulfill its mission of reaching people, impacting cities, and transforming the world.
He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas. In addition to his work with ADORE, he also directs the Houma-Thibodaux diocesan Offices of Evangelization and Young Adult Ministry. He and his wife, Gretchen, have four children – Marie, Jacob, Sarah and Clare.
For more information or to request review copies of YOUCAT, please contact Alexis Walkenstein with The Maximus Group (561-445-5409 or AWalkenstein@MaximusMG.com) or Kevin Wandra with The Maximus Group (678-990-9032 or KWandra@MaximusMG.com).
Also visit www.YouCat.us for samples, reviews, and ordering information.
"Life on the Rock" airs on EWTN on Thursday, August, 4th, at 10:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Pacific; here is the EWTN schedule for this week.