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

Directives for Returning to In-Person Gatherings

Please click here for information about returning to in-person catechesis this fall. Click here for Directivies for Return to In Person Faith Formation and click here to access the template for completing your parish action plan if you are choosing to gather children in person this fall.

Upcoming Event: Christus Vivit Virtual Study Group

The OEEC will be breaking open Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and to the entire people of God. This document challenges each of us to consider the ways we can serve young people enthusiastically and joyfully, and invites them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. 

All who have a heart for serving young people (both youth and young adults) and engaging them in the life of the Church are invited to attend!

We especially invite all those who work with young people.

If you have ever said “Where are all the young people??” or “I wish we had more young people engaged in our parish,” you are welcome too! 

These sessions will take place on 2 Wednesdays of each month from November 2020 through April 2021, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. They will be hosted on GoToMeeting with this recurring link, but we ask anyone interested in attending any session to please complete this simple registration form for our own record-keeping. 

Those dates are as follows: 

November 11: Introduction and Overview

December 9: Theme 1 – The Holiness of the Young

December 16: Theme 2 – The Spirit of Synodality

January 13: Theme 3 – The Journey of Accompaniment

January 27: Theme 4 – The Now: Reality and Response

February 10: Theme 5 – The Gospel Message

February 24: Theme 6 – Pathways of Ministry

March 10: Theme 7 – The Wisdom of Generations

March 24: Theme 8 – The Call to Leadership

April 14: Theme 9 – An Invitation to Discernment

April 28: Theme 10 – Our Pathway to Mission

The Faith Formation directors will alternate serving as facilitators, using the NFCYM study guide Christus Vivit: The Pathway to Accompaniment as a resource. (It is also expected that attendees will have read Christus Vivit itself, freely accessible by clicking.)

We look forward to this rich series of conversations and hope you will join us!

Please find links to various digital youth conferences and events:

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