Youth & Young Adult Ministry

"Youth must not simply be considered as an object of pastoral concern for the Church: in fact, young people are and ought to be encouraged to be active on behalf of the Church as leading characters in evangelization and participants in the renewal of society."

- St. John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici, no. 46 (1988)   

Mission Statement

Without a vision the people lose restraint; but happy is the one who follows instruction.

Proverbs 29:18

 The mission of the Office for Catechesis ~ Ministry to Youth & Young Adults is to develop a youth and young adult ministry in the diocese that will inspire and invite young people to grow in the Catholic faith.

This mission is accomplished through the following goals:

  • To promote the formation of youth and young adult ministry in parishes by providing resources, consultation, and training
  • To facilitate participation in diocesan, regional, national and international youth events
  • To coordinate the Totus Tuus catechetical program
  • To serve as a contact and resource for the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
  • To provide support for young adult ministry
  • To convene a diocesan youth committee
  • To collaborate with other youth and young adult serving groups and organizations, serving on committees as needed

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Youth Minister Directory Update

Please help me keep my contact list up-to-date by taking a few moments to complete the form below and return to me at the address indicated.


Email Newsletter

Click this link to subscribe to regular updates on youth and young adult ministry.  The Catholic Committee on Scouting newsletter as well as several other publications from diocesan offices are available as well.

Upcoming Activities

Below are brief summaries of the ministries of this office or related organizations.  More details about these activities can be found by following the links on the menu on the right.


Co-Workers in the Vineyard

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Diocesan Youth Days 2015

Oct. 13 - 17

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National Catholic Youth Confernce 2015

 November 19 - 21, Indianapolis

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March for Life 2016

January 20 - 24

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Engaging Parents Workshop

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 World Youth Day 2016

Krakow, Poland

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 Diocesan Youth Conference

November 18 - 19, 2016

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Catholic Pastoral Center

The Office for Catechesis is located in the Catholic Pastoral Center at 1615 W. Washington Street in Springfield, IL 62702-4757.

Switchboard: (217) 698-8500 x. 154.              FAX (217) 698-0802

Regular business hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM.