Youth leader to get award

YOUNGSTOWN — The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry will recognize Cindee Case of the Diocese of Youngstown with the ”National Ministry Award” for her contribution to youth ministry on a national level.

Case will be given the award at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry Thursday to Dec. 3  in San Jose, Calif. The award recognizes those who influence the national church on behalf of the young church and those who serve in youth ministry, according to a news release from the NFCYM.

Case, who is the director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, has played an integral role in the NFCYM strategic direction process throughout all its phases.

Case was particularly instrumental in presenting the process to various regions and collecting feedback and input. Case served on the NFCYM Board of Directors as chairperson and played a key role within the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders by advocating on a number of issues related to the increased professionalism of youth ministry leaders, the release states.

“Cindee is highly respected across the nation for her work in the field. She also manages to always spread joy in her work and show respect toward all those with whom she works,” said Sean Robinson of the Diocese of Columbus, who nominated Case.

Robinson said Case is among 10 individuals receiving award recognition for the field of Catholic youth ministry at the biennial NCCYM.

For each category, individuals were nominated by colleagues in the field of youth ministry. The award committee reviewed each nomination, carefully selected the recipients through a discernment process and presented them for final approval to the NFCYM board of directors.

Case was selected by the Board of Directors of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry to receive the National Youth Ministry Award in the national category.

Case was nominated by her colleagues in Region VI (Ohio and Michigan), with letters of support from other leaders around the country.

Case began serving the 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.