Youth Ministry & Faith Formation Leaders

 Mission Statement

“Guided by the Holy Spirit, we are called to share in prayer, mutual support, collaboration, and education as we work and minister with and among the Youth of our Diocese.”

 Comprised of those who Coordinate, Direct, and do Parish Youth Ministry and Faith Formation in a parish (paid, volunteer, full or part-time) in the Diocese of St. Cloud. The gatherings are designed to provide support and guidance, prayer, professional growth, camaraderie and morale for those in Youth Ministry and Faith Formation. Meetings are also opportunities for members to plan special events such as the Youth Rallies, Castaway, and other Retreats. Meetings typically are held once a month on Mondays during the school year. Coordinators of Faith Formation also share in Youth Ministry. Coordinators in Ministry in our diocese wear many hats. Because of this reality we are blending our gatherings with both Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Coordinators. The location of meetings rotates to hosting parishes. Parish Coordinators of Youth Ministry and Faith Formation are notified and reminded of dates and locations of meetings via email from the Consultant for Youth Ministry for the Diocese. You may also contact the Consultant for Youth Ministry and Adolescent Catechesis at CEM for times and dates. Please call 320-251-0111 with any questions you may have.

The schedule of meetings is also found below.

Brochure  (PDF)

Beginning of the year letter to Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Leaders (PDF)

Dates and Locations of YML and DFF Gatherings 2018-2019 (PDF)

Note about Study Group Sessions:  These sessions will be led by Kent Schmitz and based on content from the Cultures of Formation Conference Kent and Bishop Kettler attended in March at Notre Dame.  Each session will include: Prayer, Video Content, Reflection, Discussion, Learning, Lunch, Fellowship and Networking.  These sessions are in addition to other workshops listed below in orange. Any parish Faith Formation or Youth Ministry leader wishing to participate in these sessions are welcome to be a part of our learning for 1 or all sessions.  These sessions are noted below in green.


  • Friday, August 17th: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Diocesan Pastoral Center-St. Cloud                                    Study Group “The Heart of the Matter.”
  • Monday-Tuesday, August 27th-28th:  12:00 PM-12:00PM Castaway Club,DL                                Beginning of the year retreat for leaders.
  • Thursday, September 6th: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Diocesan Pastoral Center-St. Cloud                         New Catechetical Leader Day
  • Monday, September 24th: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  Central MN TEC Center-Belle Prairie                        “Special Needs and Classroom Management”
  • Thursday, October 4th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM St. Michael’s-Motley                                                     Study Group, “Mercy and Presence”
  • Saturday-Sunday, October 27th-28th:  1:00 PM-1:00 PM -Castaway Camp, Detroit Lakes                Diocesan High School Youth Conference
  • Monday, October 29th: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Sacred Heart, Sauk Rapids                                            Ministry and the Power of Music with Jesse Mainibusan
  • Friday, November 30th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Christ Our Light, Princeton                                            Study Group, “Mary of Nazareth.”
  • Thursday – Sunday, December 6th – 9th: Tampa, FL                                                                           National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Monday, January 7th: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM St. Benedict’s, Avon                                                           Castaway 2019 Retreat Planning
  • Thursday, January 17th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM St. Paul’s, Sauk Centre                                                 Study Group, “Memory and Narrativity.”
  • Sunday, January 27th: 9:00 AM – 4:00PM – Cathedral High School, St. Cloud                               Middle School Rally Event
  • Monday, February 4th: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – St. Mary’s Church, Alexandria                                      First Aid, CPR, Emergency Planning
  • Monday, February 25th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Mary of the Visitation, Becker                                      Study Group, “Freedom and Love”
  • Monday, March 4th: 9:00 AM -2:00 PM  Holy Spirit, St. Cloud                                                             Castaway Retreat Planning
  • Friday-Sunday, March 29th -31st & April 5th-7th, Castaway Camp, Detroit Lakes                    Castaway and St. Cloud Diocese 46th High School Retreats
  • Monday, April 15th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Diocesan Pastoral Center, St. Cloud                                   Study Group, “Our Smart Phone Ourselves.”
  • Friday, May 10th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Location TBD                                                                            FF/YM End of Year Retreat-“Conversation – The Sacred Art” with Diane Millis,PhD