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Arthur Canales
Marian University
Arthur Canales 

        Arthur David Canales, D.Min., (“Art”) is a third generation Mexican-American.
Art is married to his wife Tanya and they have two children: Alex and Anna; they live in Indianapolis, Indiana. Art is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology & Ministry at Marian University. He is considered one of the foremost adolescent ministry scholars in the country.
        Concurrently, Art is President of Adolescent Catechetical Outreach. A.C.O. is a ministry dedicated to empowering and equipping those who work with Catholic young people by providing solid Catholic theology, systematic catechesis, and pastoral leadership development/training for Catholic schools, parishes, and dioceses. A.C.O. offers a variety of seminars, workshops, retreats, and days of reflection to help youth ministries, dioceses, and D.R.E.’s to further enhance and integrate comprehensive youth ministry into the mission of the Church. In addition, A.C.O. offers courses that culminate in a certificate in Youth Ministry Studies.
He earned a baccalaureate degree from Florida International University (Miami, FL), Master of Arts degrees from University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL), Master of Divinity degree from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), Master of Liturgical Studies degree from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) with an emphasis in pastoral theology and liturgical and sacramental theology. His doctoral dissertation is titled, Toward a Theological, Liturgical, and Pastoral Understanding of Sunday Parish Worship with Deacon and/or Lay Presiders.
Art has previously served as a parish youth minister (Miami, FL, Washington, DC, Beltsville, MD), college campus minister (Coral Gables, FL), diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry (Austin, TX), and as a college associate professor of theology and ministry at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family (Manitowoc, WI) and Saint Edward’s University (Austin, TX). Art is also the creator of and an instructor for the Diocese of Austin’s Youth Ministry Certification Program. In addition to publishing various essays in the Manitowoc, WI based Herald Times Reporter and articles in nearly twenty pastoral and scholarly publications, Art is co-author of Keeping the Cup Full: Financial Stewardship for Teens and Young Adults (Cornerstone Press, 2008, 2009) and Beating the Credit Game: Financial and Money Management for Teens and Young Adults (Cornerstone Press, 2008, 2009). He is author of A Noble Quest: Cultivating Spirituality in Catholic Adolescents (PCG Legacy, 2011) and Models for Youth Ministry: A Comprehensive Catholic Approach to Adolescent Ministry (forthcoming 2013).
        Art is a sought after keynote speaker and workshop presenter and has given workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations in over 35 dioceses around the United States. He speaks on numerous pastoral and catechetical issues, but especially on topics surrounding adolescent ministry, Christology, discipleship, liturgy, sacraments, social justice, spirituality, and stewardship.