Olivia

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

Ava

“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.”

Allie

“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.”

Lucy

“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

Ministry Skills

Art and Music

Joy of the Gospel

Life of Prayer

Audio / Visual

Diocesan Youth Leadership Team Requirements 2022-2023

    • Receive a nomination or letter of support from your pastor and/or youth minister.
    • 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, July 14, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    2. Monday, July 25, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (online)
    3. Saturday, August 6, 2022 – DIOCESAN WYD AT HEADWATERS PARK
    4. Sunday, September 4, 2022 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    5. Thursday, September 22, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)
    6. Friday, September 30, 2022 or Friday, October 21, 2022
      CONFIRMATION RETREAT SET-UP in SOUTH BEND
    7. Saturday, October 1 or 22, 2022 CONFIRMATION RETREAT IN SOUTH BEND
    8. Saturday, November 12, 2022 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    9. Thursday, December 1, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)
    10. Saturday, January 7, 2023 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    11. Thursday – Sunday, January 19 – 22, 2023
      MARCH FOR LIFE PILGRIMAGE
    12. Thursday, February 9, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)
    13. Thursday, March 2, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (online)
    14. Friday in March (TBD) CONFIRMATION RETREAT SET-UP in FORT WAYNE
    15. Saturday in March (TBD) CONFIRMATION RETREAT IN FORT WAYNE
    16. Thursday, April 6, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)
    17. Sunday, April 23, 2023 – 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in-person)
    18. Thursday, May 11, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (online)

     

     

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The application window for 2022-23 leaders will occur from April 1 – May 31, 2022. Interviews will take place in June (online). Pastors, chaplains, and youth ministers will be invited to share the application form with youth nominees, who may then complete the Diocesan Youth Leadership Application Form.