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."

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

Thank you for visiting the website for the Office for Catechesis - Ministry to Youth and Young Adults for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.  I keep this part of the diocesan website updated with information about youth and young adult ministry in the diocese.  It is my hope that you can find what you need to be successful in your ministry as well as the latest information about direct services I offer.  A brief description of all the programs and services offered can be found in the "Directory of Services" file below.  Or feel free to call me any time at (217) 698-8500 ext. 154.

In Christ,

Kyle Holtgrave

Associate Director


Role of the Office for Catechesis - Ministry to Youth and Young Adults

Mission Statement

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

 pdfDirectory of Services.pdf

Youth Minister Directory Update

Communicating with everyone is one of the biggest challenges I face in my role with the diocese.  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.  Thanks a bunch and may God bless you now and always!



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 Summary of 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

Co-Workers in the Vineyard



Catholic Committee on Scouting

Committee Meeting Announcement




Totus Tuus 2014


Just5Days 2014

July 14 - 18

Just5Days logo web



 National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry


Join thousands of fellow youth and campus ministry friends from across the country to spend time in prayer, fellowship and development!  NCCYM offers a little of everthing so you can learn about the latest trends in youth ministry and recharge yourself so you can better minister to the young people in your parish!



 National Catholic Youth Conference 2015

November 19 - 21, 2015



 March for Life 2015

 Washington, DC

Details are pending, check back again soon!



World Youth Day 2016

Krakow, Poland

Dates are tentatively announced as July 25 - August 1, 2016.

Please use the interest finder below to get connected with the diocesan pilgrimage.


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.





The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is an
affiliated diocese of the
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry



National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association

The National Association of  Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders