About PAC

The Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis is a national collaborative focused on promoting a comprehensive and contemporary vision of adolescent catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church, committed to developing effective structures and approaches to Catholic faith formation and evangelization of younger and older adolescents in parishes and schools.

Who We Are

The three national organizations comprising the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis are the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Additional support is provided by representatives from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

NFCYM (The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry)

Founded in 1982, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry is a professional organization of affiliated dioceses and collaborating members which exists to serve those who serve the young Catholic Church.  NFCYM participates in the mission of the Catholic Church by advocating for and supporting Catholic youth ministry on the national, diocesan, and local level.


  • Robert McCarty (email)
    Executive Director
  • Michael Theisen (email)
    Director of Membership Services and PAC Convener

NCEA (The National Catholic Educational Association)

The NCEA strives to advance the educational and catechetical mission of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1904, the association now serves over 200,000 Catholic educators and offers research, training and service in areas from curriculum development to technology integration. A vital aspect of the NCEA mission is to promote continuing excellence and growth in catechesis and religious education. Through its Department of Religious Education, NCEA provides support for catechetical and religious education leaders at the parish, school and diocesan levels. Together, their goal is to help students become mature Christians, knowledgeable of their religion, and committed to their faith.


  • Lori Dahlhoff (email)
    Executive Director, Dept. of Religious Education
  • Fr. John Serio, SDB (email)
    Principle, Do Bosco Christo Rey High School, Takoma Park, MD

NCCL (The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership)

The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership is a 40-year-old professional association dedicated to advancing excellence in catechetical leadership at diocesan and parish levels. Academics and members of the Catholic publishing community are also included in its membership of 2700.


  • Leland Nagel (email)
    Executive Director
  • Mark Pacione (email)
    Associate Director for School Planning, Archdiocese of Baltimore

USCCB (United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

The mission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing.


  • Sr. Eileen McCann, CSJ (email)
    Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  • Alejandro Aguilera-Titus (email)
    Asst. Director, Cultural Diversity in the Church
  • Jeannine Marino (email)
    Program Specialist, Evangelization and Catechesis

NIAC (National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis)

  • Ela Milewska (email)
    Project Coordinator