Youth Ministry

Welcome to the Youth Ministry page. There are many exciting things going on around the Archdiocese that we would like to share with you. We have divided it into two categories, one for you the Youth Minister and one for the youth. Click on the title below to navigate the page.

Upcoming Events for Youth Ministers

Upcoming Events for Youth


Upcoming Events for Youth Ministers


Presented by the Center for Ministry Development

Date: Friday October 13, 2017
For: Youth Ministers, Catechetical Leaders, Confirmation catechists, Clergy, & more!
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: St. Jerome Church 1010 Slater Rd. New Britain, CT 06053
Cost: $54 pp (cost includes workshop materials, lunch, and refreshments) Discounts available!

Please contact: Miriam Hidalgo for more information.
For workshop details:
To register:

First Annual Faith Formation Share-Fair

Calling all Youth Ministers, Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, and Catholic School Educators!!
We know the summer months are for rest, relaxation and renewal, and it is also a great time to plan for the new year. Come to our first annual Faith Share Fair to share your ideas with your peers in ministry and leave with some new ideas. The OEEC is offering four dates at four geographical locations to make this opportunity accessible for everyone. You are invited to attend the one closest to home or all four, if you choose.

To download a printable flyer, click here. To register on-line, click here.
For more information, contact Miriam Hidalgo, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

"Youth in Hart" Gatherings

Join us for “Youth in Hart” informal gatherings for parish youth leaders, confirmation coordinators, campus ministers, and young adult leaders of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

General layout of gatherings:

  • Opening Prayer
  • Speaker (60-90 minutes, includes Q&A)
  • Meal (30 minutes)
  • Informal Conversation/Sharing (30-60 minutes)
  • Closing Prayer

Registration is required for all meetings for planning purposes and meals. It is suggested that you attend all the gatherings if possible.
To register click here.

Friday, September 8, 2017 (Please register by September 1)
St. Anthony Parish, New Haven
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Topic: "Lead like Pope Francis: The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis"
Featured Speaker: Mr. Stephen Binz

Saturday, December 2, 2017 (Please register by November 27)
St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Topic: Young People, Faith, & Vocational Discernment
Featured Speaker: Fr. Jeffrey Gubbiotti

Monday, March 12, 2018 (Please register by March 5)
St. John Paul the Great (St. Peter), Torrington
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Topic: TBD
Featured Speaker: TBD

Saturday, June 30, 2018 (Please register by June 23)
All Saints (St. Anne Shrine), Waterbury
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Topic: TBD
Featured Speaker: TBD

What topic would you like us to cover? Who would you recommend as a speaker? Send your ideas to


Upcoming Events for Youth


National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
November 16-18, 2017
Indianapolis, IL

The National Catholic Youth Conference is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, catechesis and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones.

To view the promotional video click here.

The Archdiocese of Hartford will join Region 1-- which includes the New England dioceses-- for the trip to NCYC. Please download this this application which contains all the information regarding the NCYC package. Space is limited, so please make arrangements as soon as possible. Please contact Miriam Hidalgo ( for more information.

NCYC Important Forms:

Adult Release Form

Adult Release Form Spanish

Youth Release Form

Youth Release Form Spanish


Young Catholic Leadership Camp for High School Students

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young
but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

(1 Timothy 4:22)

Trinita Retreat Center, New Hartford
August 14-18, 2017
Monday 10:00 a.m. - Friday 3:00 p.m

  • Build your confidence
  • Understand others
  • Discover your calling
  • Become a leader
  • Grow in your faith

Requirements for Participants:

        • Have received the Sacrament of Confirmation
        • Have attended Metanoia Retreat (or another weekend retreat)
        • Current High School Student (graduates are welcome)

To download a flyer click here.
To download a registration form, click here.
For more information or for questions regarding this event, please contact Miriam Hidalgo, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at or 860-242-5573.

Metanoia Retreat

A transformational weekend retreat for High School students. We will offer two versions of this retreat: one for High School students and another one for young adults (ages 18-35). Retreats will start on Friday evenings and end on Sunday afternoons. Retreats will be offered monthly from September until June. For more information, click here.