Youth Ministry

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

Four Session Series: Christus Vivit: Pathway to Accompaniment Series

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is hosting a series in celebration of one year since the release of Christus Vivit!
This is an outstanding opportunity to unpack this outstanding document with some of the best contemporary minds from around the country in the field of Youth Ministry!  Please follow the links below to register for the upcoming sessions!
It is recommended, but not required, that you obtain a copy of the study guide to use as a tool while partaking in these sessions.   The guides are found here.
Session 2 – Pathways to Ministry
Featuring Paul Jarzembowski and Brenda Noriega
Wednesday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Session 3 – Pathways to Leadership
Featuring Brian Henriteze and Tracey Lamont
Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Session 4 – Pathways to Mission
Featuring Katie McGrady and Father Rafael Capo
Wednesday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Dear Friends in Youth Ministry,
Thank you for everything that you have been doing for the young people of the Archdiocese of Hartford!    As promised, below is a short enrichment for you to use in your ministry to enhance the experience of the Global life Night for your youth.
Know that I am praying for you and your ministry.
Global Life Night – May 17
Digital Youth Ministry Meeting Activity
Setup an account (free),  create a new presentation and select “Word Cloud”.
For the Question, ask “Words to describe your relationship with Jesus”.
Share the code with your youth and tell them to enter it at
Then, once the results are in, share your screen on and have a discussion about the results and how Jesus has a different and personal relationship with each individual.
Message to discuss with the youth
This Sunday’s Global Life Night concluded the second series in a brilliant manner.   The theme for the night was “God in the Mirror”.    the idea behind this is to remind the young people that they are a reflection of Him.    He is with them and there is nothing that He will present them with that they cannot handle.   Through the sacrament He is imprinted on their hearts and His desire to be with them has never been greater.    Their desire to be closer to Jesus and to build a personal relationship with Him is part of human nature and they individually need to reflect on how they are able to build this relationship for themselves.     Youth ministry, Global Life Nights and all the other outstanding content being produced during this unique time is nothing more than a “launch pad”, using the Global Life Night’s term, but not a relationship with Jesus; the building of the relationship is up to the individual.
Challenge for the Youth
Remember to see God in yourself.
Where do you need to let Jesus shine in your life?
Who do you serve?
In addition to the challenge below from the presenters, challenge the youth to do something positive for their community daily. Remind them that anything they do they need to get permission from their parent/legal guardian and follow proper guidelines to stay safe. Then encourage them to share their positive acts with the youth ministry program who in turn can share them with the archdiocese via
This challenge comes from the Global Life Night presenters. It is simple, yet powerful. The idea is that in these challenging times, for the youth to set aside a short period of time to be with Jesus.  It is suggested to be for 10-15 minutes, but really can be for any period of time that the teen wises. This time period should be without distraction, electronics and should be quite. This is meant to be personal time between Jesus and the youth.
Keep your time with Jesus
Michael Wellington
Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Youth Adult Ministry
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
Tel: 860-242-5573 ext. 2678

Global Life Night with Life Teen
Sunday Evenings at 5:00 p.m.
Streaming on YouTube
Attention all parishes and high schools! We invite you to attend Life Teen's Global Life Night on YouTube on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m.  These events are being produced for teens and they are combining some of the best youth ministry talents of our nation with the keen programmatic skills of Life Teen. These events are 100% free to participate.  Simply let your teens know and send them the link below.  Then every Monday afternoon on the this page of the OEEC, there will be a follow-up activity posted based on the Global Life Night from the night before.

The next meeting will be on Sunday, May 3, 2020.
Please share this link ( with anyone you would like to
Click here to download a flyer that you can share with your teens!
Questions? Contact:  Michael Wellington at


Coronavirus Resources for Youth Ministers

Below is a list of resources that we hope you can use during these uncertain times. If you know of a resource that you would like to add to our list, please let us know. 

Looking for more resources to use during this time of at-home and virtual formation? 

Click the links below for resources for: 

...  Catholic School Teachers 
...  Coronavirus-Specific Issues 
Families, Children, and Teens at Home 
Everyone (Prayers, Libraries, etc.) 
...  Parish Catechetical Leaders
RCIA Teams

Other Resources for Young People:

Resources for Youth Ministers & all those who work with young people:


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.


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