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.

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

Dates and Locations of YML and DFF Gatherings 2019-2020 (PDF)

Note about Study Group Sessions: These sessions will be led by Kent Schmitz and based on a variety of topics and webinars relivent to passing on the faith in youth ministry and faith formation.   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.

  • Tuesday, August 20th: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Diocesan Pastoral Center
    • St. Cloud Study Group “Embracing Grace.”  Ann Garrido
  • Monday-Tuesday, August 26th-27th:  12:00 PM-12:00PM Castaway Club
    • Detroit Lakes  “Beginning of the year retreat for leaders.”
  • Thursday, September 12th: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Diocesan Pastoral Center
    • St. Cloud “New Catechetical Leader Day.”
  • Monday, September 30th: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM  St. John’s University
    • Collegeville – “Diocesan Ministry Day”
  • Friday, October 11th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM St. Michael’s, Motley 
    • Study Group, “An Emmaus Journey” Christ is Alive – Pope Francis
  • Wednesday, October 23rd: 6:00 – 8:30 PM   Saint Francis Xavier Church Sartell
    • “Middle School Gathering” with Doug Tooke
  • Thursday, October 24th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM –  Location – Seven Dolors in Albany
    • “Parish Staffs and ACC Leader Day” with Doug Tooke
  • Thursday, October 24th: 6:30 – 8:00 PM     – Location TBD                                                                                                          *   Parent Session: “Empowering Parents to Pass on the Faith.” D. Tooke
  • Saturday-Sunday, October 26th-27th:  11:00 AM-1:00 PM -Castaway Camp Detroit Lakes
    • “Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference.” (DCYC)
  • Friday, November 8th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Christ Our Light, Princeton
    • Study Group, “He Walked with Them.” Christ is Alive-Pope Francis
  • Wednesday – Sunday, November 20th-24th – Indianapolis, IN
    • National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) “Blessed, Broken, Given.
  • Monday, December 9th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – St. Ann, Brandon
    • Study Group “What Things?” Christ is Alive – Pope Francis
  • Monday, January 6th: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM St. Benedicts, Avon
    • Castaway 2020 Retreat Planning
  • Thursday, January 16th: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Location: St. Francis Xavier, Sartell

    • Study Group, “And Their Eyes Were Opened.” Christ is Alive-Pope Francis
  • Sunday, January 26th: 9:00 AM – 4:00PM – St. John’s Prep School, Collegeville
    • Middle School Rally Event
  • Friday, February 23rd: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Mary of the Visitation, Becker
    • Study Group, “Engaging Parents in Youth Ministry” Tom East
  • Monday, March 9th: 9:00 AM -2:00 PM  Holy Spirit, St. Cloud
    • Castaway Retreat Planning
  • Friday-Sunday, March 27th -29th  Castaway Camp, Detroit Lakes Castaway
    • St. Cloud Diocese 47th Annual High School Retreat
  • Thursday, April16th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Location Holy Family Parish, Belle River- Diocesan Parish Leadership Day
  • Thursday, April 23rd: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM “Diocesan Pastoral Center”
    • Study Group, “Topic TBD”