OYM and CYC to merge

In keeping with the re-alignment of the Archdiocesan Curia, the Office of Youth Ministry and Catholic Youth Council will merge to form the Office of Catholic Youth Ministry. The merger, currently in process, should be completed no later than June 30, 2005.

Presently the two staffs are preparing to consolidate their offices at one site. After examining space at the current locations of the Blessed John XXIII Center and the Cardinal Rigali Center, as well as other locations in the immediate area, it was decided that the place that offered the greater space with the better amenities for both staffs would be the Cardinal Rigali Center. The move will mean a consolidation of all youth ministry work into one office. All the final pieces are still being worked out but, if all falls into place, the physical move could come as early as October 27th or 28th.

The move and approaching merger should not impede the services that are currently being offered by either agency. In the long run, with a combined staff and a combined budget, we are confident that we can improve upon some of those services as well as respond to additional needs for all youth groups, athletic teams, boy scout and girl scout troops, youth ministers, scout leaders and coaches.

We will keep you up to date as the merger continues.

Fr. John Borcic
Executive Director - OCYM