Frank Mercadante

Frank Mercadante

Executive Director


After experiencing a powerful conversion at seventeen, Frank could think of nothing better to give his life to than sharing with teens the same Good News that so transformed his life during his teen years.

He is the founder and Executive Director of Cultivation Ministries, Frank has served over one hundred dioceses, hundreds of parishes, and thousands of youth ministers internationally.

Frank received his B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College, a M.P.S. from Loyola University, Chicago. For 10 years he served as Director of Youth Ministry at St. John Neumann in St. Charles, Illinois, which was recognized as one of the most successful Catholic youth ministries nationwide, being featured in the book Parishes That Excel, by Fr. Patrick Brennan.

Mercadante authored Growing Teen Disciples (Ave Maria Press 1998/St. Mary’s Press 2002), as well as Disciples in Mission Small Group Leader’s Guide for Teens, a series of small group materials for youth (Paulist National Evangelization Association, 1999). Additionally, Frank authored Positively Dangerous. Live Loud, Be Real, and Change Your World (St. Mary’s Press, 2003), and Making It Real. A Practical Resource for Teen-Friendly Youth Evangelization. (St. Mary’s Press, Dec 2004), Engaging A New Generation: A Vision for Reaching Catholic Teens (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012). He also authored Small Group Leader’s Guide for Teens and Small Group Participant Booklet for Teens for Paulist Evangelization Ministries’ parish renewal program, Living the Eucharist (2012).

Frank received the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award in Training from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in 2008.

Frank is married to Diane, and they have six young adult children (Sarah, Michael, Rebekah, Angela, Deborah, and Daniel) and three grandchildren.

Diane Mercadante

Frank, and children Deborah,  Angela, Daniel, Michael, Sarah, Rebekah & wife Diane

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