Changes to the OYM

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Dear Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of St. Louis,

As the Office of Youth Ministry (OYM) concludes our summer of youth retreat camps and conferences, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some recent changes to our office that we believe will strengthen the understanding of youth ministry and offer new avenues for youth to encounter Christ’s love and truth.

On March 13, 2015, Archbishop Robert Carlson announced some changes to the Catholic Youth Apostolate (CYA). The first of those changes was that Fr. Brian Fischer was returning to parish ministry and Brian Miller was announced as his successor as the Executive Director of the CYA. The second was that the Office of Catholic Scouting was absorbed by the OYM. The CYA is now made up of four ministries within one apostolate: Office of Youth Ministry, St. Louis Young Adults, CYC Sports, and the REAP Team. 

In light of these changes, we hope it is clear that we are an office that supports youth ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The OYM does not run or work for any scouting organization, but we will provide guidance to any scout leader that wishes to help young people hear and respond to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Within the context of scouting the OYM will continue the focus on Catholic Faith Formation Programs and Events for those in and out of scouting, but we will also strive to further our mission as “we seek to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Church, and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.” In this effort, the OYM also welcomes Jennifer Trousdale as our new Coordinator of Faith Programs. We are excited to have Jennifer in our OYM family because she brings a wealth of knowledge from her five years in the Catholic Scouting office and a dedication to supporting youth in their faith.

Finally, I wanted to share with you a new brochure that includes faith formation programs for all youth. These programs are not exclusive to those in scouting and could be used by anyone wishing to share our Catholic Faith.

Sincerely,                        

 Tom Lancia

Director of Youth Ministry

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