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Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Youth Ministry Formation

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone."

Ephesians 2:19-20

One of the most important roles of a diocesan office is to provide resources, consultation and training for pastors, parish staff and volunteers. To successfully accomplish this role, the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry provides the following:

  • Workshops on how to develop and sustain parish youth ministry.
  • Communication links that describe the youth and young adult ministry services available.
  • Networking and retreat opportunities for parish staff and volunteers in youth and young adult ministry.
  • Promotion of youth and young adult ministry programs in parishes throughout the diocese, inviting pastors to consider the benefits of catechizing young people to preserve the future of the Catholic faith.
  • A diocesan youth ministry webpage that has information to attract and catechize youth to grow in the Catholic faith.

Other diocesan ministry formation programs include...

Catechist Formation

The Catechist Formation Process of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is a religious studies and Christian experience process for all catechists in the diocese. The process is offered and administered by the Office for Catechesis, and its general purpose is to provide opportunities for catechists to enrich their love and knowledge of the Catholic faith in order to be more effective communicators of the Gospel to those whom they are called to minister.

Download the Handbook here: https://www.dio.org/uploads/files/Catechesis/Religious_Education/Catechist_Formation_Process/2015-CatechistFormationHandbook.pdf

A list of local courses that apply to Catechist Formation is available here.

Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation

The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation available through the University of Dayton. Courses are online so you can work around your schedule. Most sessions are 5 weeks in length. There is also a certificate program for youth ministry! Our diocese is a partner diocese of the VLCFF program, so we can register at the reduced rate.

Youth Ministry Formation

A formation program for youth ministers is being proposed for lay persons who share a passion for being young people closer to Jesus Christ. The program is designed to give participants some of the pastoral, spiritual, and academic formation they will need to serve more effectively as ministers in the Church. The proposed curriculum for a Youth Ministry specialization is:

  • Introduction to Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Developing a Youth Ministry Culture
  • Understanding Youth
  • Administrative Responsibilities in Youth Ministry
  • Program Development
  • Christian Leadership
  • Effective Practices
  • Pastoral Concerns in Youth Ministry

What topics would you like to see included? Contact Tony at t

Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference

Information about DAEC is available at https://www.dio.org/catechesis/daec


In the fall, the diocese offers regional workshops for on-going formation of catechists. Details can be found on the Regionals webpage.

Counselor Training for Scout Religious Awards

Scouts who wish to complete the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Mary the First Disciple or The Spirit Alive programs must work with an adult who has been trained to help with these programs and has permission from the local pastors to work with the group.  The Training Committee of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting offers a Counselor Training course so adults can learn their role with these programs.  Training is valid for three years.  Details are on the Catholic Committee on Scouting website.

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