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


Rooting Youth Service Experiences: A Practical Guide

With the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October focusing specifically on youth, now is a springtime for us to strengthen our approach to engaging youth in service experiences. Such opportunities are formative in their catechesis and faith formation, which plants a seed for a deep love for the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

We write to invite you to attend a new workshop developed to assist you in your ministry with youth in the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Office for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry have put together a practical guide entitled “Rooting Youth Service Experiences: A Practical Guide” coupled with a workshop to help supplement the resource. The workshops are being offered on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 - St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • *New Date Added* Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., St. James Parish Hall, St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Rocky Hill

Register here for one of these workshops.

We hope to provide you with practical guidance for planning and leading youth through meaningful service learning experiences. Whether you serve in a parish or school setting, we aim to provide you with best practices for designing opportunities to help youth encounter Jesus through serving others.


Accompanying Youth on Their Journey of Faith and Discernment

CMD.pngThe OEEC is partnering with the Center for Ministry Development to offer a workshop guided by the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.
This workshop will explore accompaniment as our model for ministry with youth and their families, and engage participants in practical ways they can support young people in discernment and prayer. (Click here to visit the Center for Ministry Development site for more details.)

Topics include:

  • Accompanying Young People Today
  • Becoming a Faith Companion
  • Helping Youth Pray, Discern and Explore their Vocation

This workshop is designed for all parish leaders whose ministries touch the lives of adolescents and their families—including pastors, deacons, pastoral associates, coordinators of youth ministry, leaders in faith formation and catechists, Catholic school teachers, Confirmation preparation leaders, and service/social concerns leaders.

This workshop will be offered twice in the Archdiocese of Hartford: (there is a $54 fee for this workshop)

  • October 12, 2018 at Mary Gate of Heaven (Windsor Locks), Saint Robert Bellarmine hall (Click here to register for this day)
  • October 13, 2018 at Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire), Saint Thomas Becket campus (Click here to register for this day)

Register by contacting the Center for Ministry Development at 253-853-5422 or click on the links above.


Upcoming Events for Youth

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Sunday September 30, 2018
St. Paul High School, Bristol

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    • Mass with Archbishop Blair
    • Food & Games
    • Praise & Worship
    • Confession & Adoration
    • Exhibitors

More information & registration materials click here.


Metanoia Retreat

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A transformational weekend retreat. We will offer two versions of this retreat: one for High School students and another one for young adults (ages 18-35). For more information For more information, click here.


Rally in the Valley

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For more information contact:
Miriam Hidalgo
Archdiocesan Director of Youth & Youth Adults
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
Tel: 860-242-5573 ext. 2678