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.
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
- For Youth Protection resources from the Archdiocese of Hartford, please visit: http://archdioceseofhartford.org/protection-of-you...
- Resources on Youth Protection directly from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), can be found here: http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth...
- For national resources on Youth Protection including Church Sexual Abuse Resources, please visit the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry’s website: http://www.nfcym.org/youth-protection/
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.
Rally in the Valley
For more information contact:
Archdiocesan Director of Youth & Youth Adults
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
Tel: 860-242-5573 ext. 2678