Youth Ministry

The Office of Youth Ministry/Catholic Youth Organization (OYM/CYO) seeks to help young people find true happiness by coming to know and love Jesus Christ in His Church.

Through our programs, events and activities, OYM/CYO assists parishes and families in offering young people the full truth about life, love, competition, education, solidarity and security. We seek to foster the personal and spiritual growth of young people in such a way that they will be able to confront the real challenges and sorrows of human life and develop their talents in service of their family, parish and neighborhood.

Come join in. Experience the peace and happiness of young hearts alive with the love of Christ!

“It is Jesus you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you…. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”

~ Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day, August 2000

National Catholic Youth Conference

Every other year, Catholic young people and their chaperones—youth ministers, campus ministers, parents, catechists, priests, coaches, and scout leaders—come together to pray, learn, and grow in their faith. In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance, NCYC participants attend general and breakout sessions on topics relevant to living as a disciple of Christ in today’s world, visit with organizations that provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and engage in service to others.

Please visit us again for future updates on joining a delegation from the Archdiocese of Washington at the 2019 NCYC. If you are interested in taking a group from your parish, please email [email protected].

For more information, please visit the NCYC website or the Office of Youth Ministry.

Contact the Office of Youth Ministry to learn more.