Vision Statement:

 

The vision of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Scranton is to empower members of the Young Church to answer the call of Baptism by living a life of intentional discipleship, and by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout their journey of faith.

Ministry for youth and young adults includes:

 

  • Providing resources, training, and consultation for assistance in the implementation of youth and young adult ministry. Continued support is provided through on-site visits and spiritual formation for Religious Education and Youth Ministry staff.
  • Development of leadership and peer ministry programs on a diocesan level.
  • Diocesan retreat opportunities.
  • Coordinating diocesan participation in conferences and pilgrimages for youth and young adults.

 

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high-school age) and their adult chaperones.

The schedule includes keynote presentations, prayer, workshops, liturgy, and opportunities to participate in reconciliation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as recreational activities, concerts, and exhibits. A key component of NCYC is the thematic park which is a blend of traditional exhibit booths with interactive areas featuring service projects, games, recreation, live musical performances, arts and sports. NCYC is sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc. (NFCYM).

Attending NCYC is more than just a trip; it can be a life-changing experience. The goals of a pilgrimage, especially for young people, should reflect the general goals for youth ministry found in Renewing the Vision. As a reminder, those goals are:

  • To draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community
  • To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
  • To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person
  • All activities for NCYC will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 18-20, 2021. The Diocese of Scranton pilgrimage group will depart for Indianapolis on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
  • All activities for NCYC will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 18-20, 2021. The Diocese of Scranton pilgrimage group will depart for Indianapolis on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

All activities for NCYC will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 18-20, 2021. The Diocese of Scranton pilgrimage group will depart for Indianapolis on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

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Youth and Young Adult Ministry Advisory Board:

 

Dominick Costantino | Dominick-Costantino@dioceseofscranton.org
Catherine Butel | Catherine-Butel@dioceseofscranton.org
Father Don Williams | Rev-Donald-Williams@dioceseofscranton.org                                        Kristin Osipower | Kristin.osipower@wilkes.edu
Dori Hurley | hurley@qopchurch.org