“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.”
Pope St. John Paul II
There are three primary goals of youth ministry as identified by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.
Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world
Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
The primary purpose of the Office of Youth Ministry is to resource parish youth ministry programs to ensure the above goals are realized. Emphasis is placed on supporting parish programs that seek to empower parents as the primary and essential catechists for their children. Focusing diocesan ministry on helping parishes to develop strong Catholic families and empowering parents to engage in active faith sharing is vital to the faith development of youth.
To learn more about the vision for Catholic youth ministry, read "Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry" on the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website.