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Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

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)

 

SYNOD ON YOUNG PEOPLE. THE FAITH, AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT ~ SOCIAL MEDIA INVITATION TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE

In addition to the delegates that have already been chosen for this month's Pre-Synod, the Holy See is inviting all youth and young adults to participate in sharing their input with Pope Francis through social media before and during the Pre-Synod Gathering. Please encourage young people in your area to participate using #TellItToFrancis.

There are 15 questions for young people to answer - each with their own hashtag. Questions, hashtags, and graphics, along with the letter of invitation, can be found on the Synod 2018 website. When answering the questions on social media, be sure to use both the question's hashtag and #TellItToFrancis.

Young people (ages 16-29) can also participate in the dialogue by joining a Pre-Synod Facebook group. A summary of responses from the Facebook groups will be included the drafting document of final conclusions that will be given to Pope Francis. The deadline to join is Friday, March 16th.

Details for the English-speaking group can be found on the Synod website.

Mission Statement

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19

The Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry is responsible for promoting youth and young adult ministry in parishes and institutions throughout the diocese that inspires and invites adolescents and young adults to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ through the Catholic faith, collaborating with other diocesan offices and institutions, pastors and other parish ministry staff, and various regional and national organizations to accomplish this mission.

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 or young adult events
  • To coordinate the Totus Tuus summer mission program
  • To provide parishes with resources for retreats, mission activities and catechetical and chastity programs
  • To guide the work of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
  • To provide support for Young Adult Ministry
  • To assist with Catholic Athletes for Christ in the diocese
  • To collaborate with other youth and young adult serving groups and organizations, serving on committees as needed
  • To work with the Office for Vocations and the Office for Marriage and Family Life to connect youth and young adults with vocational resources
  • To assist the director of the Department of Vocational Services and the Moderator of the Curia with other ministry responsibilities, curia committees and office functions as needed

Mission Statement for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois:

The mission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is to build a fervent community of intentional and dedicated missionary disciples of the Risen Lord and steadfast stewards of God’s creation who seek to become saints. Accordingly, the community of Catholic faithful in this Diocese is committed to the discipleship and stewardship way of life as commanded by Christ Our Savior and as revealed by Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

To further this mission, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is committed to implementing the Four Pillars of Discipleship and Stewardship, namely:

  1. Hospitality – to invite people proactively to join us in prayer, especially Sunday Mass;
  2. Prayer – to provide well-prepared celebrations of the sacraments and other occasions for prayer as signs of hope and paths of grace to heaven;
  3. Formation – to study to Bible and learn more about Jesus and our Catholic faith; and
  4. Service – to serve each other, especially those in need, by practicing charity and justice.

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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.

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Donations

Any contributions to help fund the efforts of this ministry are much appreciated.  Please go to https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=13a2af for details.

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.

 

March for Life 2019

January 16 - 20, 2019

 tentative!

Totus Tuus

Summer 2018

 

Diocesan Adult

Enrichment Conference

Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2018

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 2018 DAEC Logo Contest Banner
 

National Conference

on Catholic Youth Ministry

December 6 - 8, 2018

Co-Workers in the Vineyard

Networking Meetings

 

Retreat Ministry

 

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Catholic Pastoral Center

The Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Catholic Pastoral Center

1615 W. Washington Street

Springfield, IL 62702-4757

 

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