Pope Benedict XVI'S Q-and-A Session with YOUTH in Loreto

Read the Pope’s answers to important questions asked by the youth in Loreto.  The Pope explains how youth are important, because they are each known and desired by God.  God has a plan for each of them.  He talks about the importance of the parish and how it needs to be the place where youth can find inspiration.  The Eucharist should be available for the youth to encounter Christ.  He invites each of us to live in hope and trust in God and His plan.  The Pope understands how hard it can be to hear God, but he encourages each of us to continue striving.  The Lord will speak, we must be patient and keep our hearts open. Read more »

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OYM Interns Final Thoughts of Their Summer

This past summer we were very fortunate to have two excellent interns working for the Office of Youth Ministry. The interns generously worked several days each week (unpaid) and attended and assisted at our summer events and programs. Here are their thoughts on their OYM Internship experience:Amy Eschelbach Mike Fitzgerald

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Saying Goodbye Again

This summer seems to have been the summer of goodbyes.

 In June we said goodbye to Dan Thraen who moved to Iowa to be closer to his family.  We wish him and his family well.

 Last week we said goodbye to Ray Buehler, our web developer for the Catholic Youth Apostolate.  Ray has entered the seminary to further discern his vocation to the priesthood.  Although we will miss him greatly, we continue to pray for him and all those discerning vocations.

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Final Vows

Sr. M.Consolata Crews, FSGM - director of the Office of Youth Ministry - will be professing final vows on August 15th, the feast of the Assumption, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Alton, IL.  In our latest podcast , she describes how she came to be a part of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and what it means to take Final Vows in her order.

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Training Day

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Every year around September the Office of Youth Ministry has  Training and ongoing Formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry. 

Our next Training Day will be Saturday, September 9, 2017. We are excited to be working with Life Teen this September! This is a day for All adults who serve in youth ministry. Registrations will be made through the Life Teen website, but you do not have to be a Life Teen member to attend. This Empower Training Day is designed to help all types of youth programs and it's leaders!

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