Mon - Thurs: 8:00 - 5:15


(217) 698-8500


1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

Office for Youth and 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 for the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

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 Evangelical and Catechetical Services and the Moderator of the Curia with other ministry responsibilities, curia committees and office functions as needed

Mission Statement for the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

March for Life
Totus Tuus
National Catholic Youth Conference
Co-Workers in the Vineyard
World Youth Day
Youth Ministry Formation

Youth Minister Contact List

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.


Youth Protection

Safeguarding the dignity of the young people who participate in ministry opportunities is an important part of our ministry efforts in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Please visit the Office for Safe Environment for details.


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

Meet Our Team


Tony Cerveny


(217) 698-8500 ext. 156

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