“Through Diocesan Youth Leadership, I have felt like I have a bigger role in our faith community.”


“There is also a lot of support and companionship in the DYL program which makes it such a wonderful experience!”

Adam R.

“I learned that I can take on big responsibilities in my life and find ways to fit it in my schedule.”

Adam Y.

“I learned how to both use the skills and talents I have for a greater good and to be able to better incorporate the skills that others possess.”


“I have learned that God puts things on my heart so that I can go and tell other people or that I can plan something that people really need in their life.”


“It feels great to work with a group on a common goal or project based in the Catholic faith and see the fruits of the groups effort and creativity.”

Diocesan Youth Leadership is a unique leadership formation and pastoral training opportunity for young people in 10th-12th grade. Diocesan Youth Leadership has representatives from our Catholic high schools and parishes to advocate for the needs of our young people. Members of Diocesan Youth Leadership will also play crucial roles in spreading the joy of the gospel through advocating for youth events, joyful discipleship, and heartfelt evangelization in their local communities.

Foster Gifts for a Lifetime of Service

Leadership Formation

Serve at Diocesan Events

Art and Music

Ministry Formation

Life of Prayer

Experience Community in Christ

Diocesan Youth Leadership Team Requirements 2022-2023

    • Ability to attend all/almost all formation and planning meetings (see list below).
    • Ability to attend at least two of four Diocesan events for 2022-2023
      (See bolded events below).
    • Willingness to arrive early and stay after events to help with set up and clean up.
    • Willingness to work with others and complete any tasks assigned to you by your team.
    • Commitment to living a life in accord with the teachings of the Church and as a role model for one’s peers.
    • Commitment to good communication: read and respond to all emails and group messages as they are sent, and let the adult leaders know if you have a conflict with a meeting as soon as you learn about it.



    1. Thursday, June 22, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. DYL Kickoff at Pokagon State Park
    2. Thursday, July 20, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (in-person)
    3. Thursday, August 17, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. (online)
    4. Sunday, September 3, 2023 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    5. Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)
    6. Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 CONFIRMATION RETREAT SET-UP at Marian High School in Mishawaka
    7. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 CONFIRMATION RETREAT at Marian High School in Mishawaka
    8. Saturday, November 4, 2023 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    9. Saturday, January 6, 2024 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    10. Wednesday, February 7, 2024 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)
    11. Wednesday, March 6, 2024 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (online)
    12. Friday in March (TBD) CONFIRMATION RETREAT SET-UP in Fort Wayne
    13. Saturday in March (TBD) CONFIRMATION RETREAT in Fort Wayne
    14. Wednesday, April 3, 2024 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)
    15. Saturday, April 27, 2024 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    16. Wednesday, May 8, 2024 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)


Applications for DYL 2024-2025 will be accepted through May 31, 2024. We encourage youth ministry leaders to nominate teens for Diocesan Youth Leadership, but teens may also complete an application without receiving a nomination from a priest or youth minister.