Youth Ministry

Discipleship and Light of the World Awards

Thank you for taking the time to step up and nominate your candidate for one of these awards.
Our young people and those who serve them are deserving of proper recognition and we look forward to reviewing your submission.
Click here for the nomination form.



The Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium

Depart CT: November 20, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
From Pastoral Center, Bloomfield
Conference Dates: November 21 - 23, 2019
Depart from IN: Saturday, November 23, approx. 5:00 p.m.
Arrive in CT: Sunday, November 24, approx. 12:00 p.m.

NCYC is a three-day event for Catholic Youth, held in Indianapolis, IN. Join over 25,000 youth from around the US for a conference that promises to be inspiring! Be prepared to hear from national speakers, groups, musicians and leaders of our Church. Space is limited so register NOW!

We will be staying at:

The Best Western
7220 Woodland Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana.

Price is based on 4 people per room

The cost of the Archdiocese of Hartford trip to NCYC is $650. Fee can be paid in full or in installments. A $100 deposit is due at registration.

Final payment is due on September 1, 2019.

Fee includes:

Conference registration

Hotel for 3 nights/ 4 per room/Free full breakfast

Archdiocese of Hartford t-shirt

All transportation by Coach Bus.


Wednesday: Bag Lunch provided for travel/Dinner on own (will be stopping at rest stop during travel)

Thursday and Friday: All meals included

Saturday: Breakfast/ Bag lunch provided at the conference and for travel

To download a PDF of this information, click here.


 Ministerial Resources for Addressing Times of Crisis & Tragedy with Young People

It is essential that we, as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for those most vulnerable. Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others. An awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a journey of renewed conversion.

~Pope Francis, Letter from Pope Francis to the People of God, August 20, 2018

In light of recent events in the life of the Church, those of us in ministry must be humble and honest in addressing the challenges of these times with all the faithful who are hurting, but especially our young people.

While we know no words will ever be sufficient, there are many resources available that will equip those who minister to youth to courageously grapple with the questions and concerns of this time.

We continue to pray for all victims of this unspeakable evil; we pray for our clergy and bishops; and we especially pray for you, our parish and school personnel, who are on the front lines doing the Lord’s work. This is a time when we must orient ourselves as the Body of Christ toward Christ Himself, and you all serve to point our young people more clearly and joyfully to Him. Please know that the OEEC thanks you for your ministry, knowing its many graces and challenges, and we are prepared to walk with you as the new school/pastoral year begins.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for conversation and support at: 860-242-5573.

Youth Protection Resources

Rooting Youth in Service


Rooting Youth in Service is an interactive guide for engaging youth in meaningful service learning opportunities. This includes theological foundations, best practices and guidelines for organizing, implementing and following through with these projects. To download this guide, click here.

Connecting Families to Sacramental Ministries for Children and Youth 
Friday, October 18, 2019 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518 

8:30 a.m. - Daily Mass in the Church 
9:00 a.m. - Workshop begins in the Church Hall one level below the Church 
“Coffee and” and Lunch will be provided.
$10.00 per person, payable by check or credit card. Click here to register.



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