Youth Ministry

“I want every young person in our Diocese to discover the new life that comes from Christ and to experience the grace of belonging to His Body, the Church. We must make sure that all our young people feel at home in the Church where they are loved with Christ’s love and learn to live their faith with joy. We need our young people to be missionary disciples and to give new energy to the Church!”

-Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades


Check out our many local, regional, and global diocesan-sponsored events, retreats and pilgrimage opportunities.


Diocesan Youth Leadership is a unique leadership, formation, and pastoral training opportunity for young people in 10th-12th grade.

Youth Ministry Forms

Access diocesan forms and resources needed for youth ministry.

Summer Totus Tuus Missionary Application

Applications Due January 31, 2024

Spend your summer doing something beautiful for God. Missionaries receive a summer stipend, 10 days of training, and impact hundreds of students through weeklong missions at parishes all across the diocese.

National Catholic Youth Conference 2023

Nov. 16-18, 2023

Join thousands of young people from across the country for a dynamic Catholic Youth Conference. Learn more and request tickets for our diocesan delegation heading to this youth conference at the Indiana Convention Center / Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

World Youth Day 2027

The next WYD Pilgrimage will be to Seoul, South Korea in 2027.

Pro-Life Holy Hour

The Diocesan Youth Leadership team of Fort Wayne-South Bend invites you to pray for the defense of human life as part of the “Pray for Dobbs” campaign. Pro-Life Holy Hours will be offered in both Fort Wayne and Granger this spring as we await the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court Decision.

Please join us in prayer and fasting for the defense of human life.

GRANGER: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, St. Pius X, Granger. Followed by a presentation / dinner / discussion for high school youth and their adult leaders.

High School Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Ministry seeks to serve all students, faculty and staff as a beacon of hope, strength and guidance in their spiritual lives. 

Catholic Scouting

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend supports Catholic scouting through events geared toward our youth in Catholic scouting and coordinating Catholic medals and activities that can be awarded to our youth.  

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Staff and Contact Information

John Pratt

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
[email protected]
260-422-4611 x 3321

Jocelyn Alcalá

Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
[email protected]
260-422-4611 x 3355

Janice Martin

Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
260-422-4611 x 3318