5 Essential Tips to Help You Become a Social Media Rockstar

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There’s one outstanding skill that I believe every great youth minister possesses. One that even distinguishes youth ministers from everyone in the secular world. Do you know what it is?

Youth ministers are excellent at being professional relationship builders.

Building relationships is your profession. Every experienced youth minister knows that if you want to talk to teenagers about Jesus and the Catholic Church, you have to earn the right to be heard. You do that by building a strong, consistent, and valuable relationship with them. Read more »

People Over Problems: Project Life 2016

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Staring at a mound of trash, holding your nose to avoid the rancid scent of decaying garbage. Walking into a daycare full of underprivileged children, not knowing what their lives are like when they leave the safety of the school walls. Mowing through a field of overgrowth at Greenwood Cemetery that stretches further than you can see in all directions (link to Tony’s blog). These are a few of the tasks that a hundred high schoolers from parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis faced as they embarked on a week of service and prayer known as Project Life. For many of them, these tasks may have seemed overwhelming. Yet, with all of the vigor and youthful energy they could muster, they set out to accomplish a goal and solve whatever problems they faced. But, that’s just the thing, they weren’t there to perform a task or complete a challenge. Read more »

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When Your Mom Literally is a Saint

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"Only those who have the courage to give of themselves totally to God and to others are able to fulfill themselves"

St. John Paul II canonization homily of St. Gianna

Who do you want to be? Have you achieved it? Are you close?  Read more »

Scouting and the Catholic Church


According to "Renewing the Vision," the US Bishops' framework for Youth Ministry, "All ministry with adolescents must be directed towards presenting young people with the Good news of Jesus Christ and inviting and challenging them to become disciples" (page 10).

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has accomplished this in many ways, including partnering with scouting organizations and instituting Catholic faith programs to be offered through these programs. We have seen many fruits come from our Catholic Scouting programs. Additionally, the leadership and life skills offered through scouting has been a valuable resource for many of our youth. Read more »