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

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

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Youth Minister Directory Update

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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.


Any contributions to help fund the efforts of this ministry are much appreciated.  Please go to 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 2018

January 17 - 21, 2018

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




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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


Switchboard: (217) 698-8500 x. 154

FAX (217) 698-0802

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