Welcome to Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry works with pastors, parish staff members, directors/coordinators of youth ministry, young adult ministry and faith formation and college campus ministers in order to minister to and with the youth and families of the Diocese of Orlando.

Leadership Formation & Training

  • Training and formation for parish staff, youth & young adult ministry leaders, and parish ministry team members. Includes Spiritual, Human, Intellectual and Pastoral formation.
  • New Directors/Coordinators Program
  • Certification of youth ministry leaders
  • Catholic Leadership Alive – for youth leaders

Resources

  • Providing and identifying resources needed for parishes to implement effective youth and young adult ministry
  • Support for Sacramental preparation for Confirmation, including guidance regarding Confirmation retreats
  • Oversight of faith formation for youth in middle and high school in the context of comprehensive youth ministry.

Consultation Services

  • Providing on-site assistance for parishes by helping parish teams to plan for and implement various aspects of youth and young adult ministry in the context of lifelong faith formation.
  • Sharing the Vision training resources for youth ministry provided by experienced facilitators in parishes and deaneries

Networking

  • Building a network of support for youth & young adult ministry at a variety of levels.  Through relationships between ministers, with other dioceses, and with organizations that serve and minister to youth.
  • Connection to the national ministry organizations in each area
  • Gatherings for formational leaders in each area of ministry

Building Support

  • Communicating a vision of youth & young adult ministry and advocating for these ministries within parishes and throughout the diocese.
  • Newsletter for ministers serving in these areas

Direct Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

  • National Catholic Youth Conference.

CERTIFICATION GUIDELINES

The Diocese of Orlando is committed to implementing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' vision as stated in the document Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry and does so within the context of Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. Together, the focus of these two documents makes clear the need for intentional formation and certification of youth ministry leaders. The need for leadership formation is also explicitly addressed within the Revised Code of Canon Law. It states that lay persons who devote themselves permanently or temporarily to some special service in the church "are obligated to acquire appropriate formation which is required to fulfill their function properly and to carry it out conscientiously, zealously and diligently." (Canon #231)

"Branches of the Vine" is the document with the guidelines for those in youth ministry to be certified – both ministry team members and youth ministry leaders. This document is in pdf format. Download by clicking here.

INTRANET FORMS

To access consent, waivers, and release forms please refer to the Diocese of Orlando Intranet.


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