Welcome to the Office of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Ogdensburg!
St. John Paul II said, “Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.” As youth ministry is developed throughout the Diocese of Ogdensburg, both through diocesan-sponsored events and local youth ministry events, our hope is that young people will continually be taken over by the light of Christ and spread that light.
The Department of Youth Ministry is here to be a resource for every parish. If you are looking to undergo training as a youth minister through our Diocesan Youth Ministry Certification program, are hoping for help in planning youth events, are in the process of training adult leaders to serve on a youth ministry team, or are looking for resources, please get in touch.
We are also here to help facilitate diocesan youth activities. Be on the lookout for information on youth activities such as Camp Guggenheim, youth rallies, the March for Life, leadership weekends, regional events, and more.
Please contact Ms. Anita Soltero, the Director of Youth Ministry, with any questions or concerns regarding youth ministry; thanks for your interest in the youth of our diocese!
Among those leading youth
ministry on the parish level, it is essential they possess a certain level of
knowledge of the Faith and understanding of and working with youth. To assist
youth ministers in gaining that knowledge and experience, the Diocese has
established the Youth Minister Certification Program.
Requirements to become a Youth Minister:
1. Be at least eighteen years of age.
2. Completion of Diocesan Foundational Track training offered by the Catechetical Institute.
3. Completion of Diocesan Virtus program and background check.
Certificate of Recognition: Those completing the required courses for the Youth Ministry Foundational track will receive a “Youth Ministry Certificate of Recognition.”
Requirements to become a Certified Youth Minister:
1. Completion of the Youth Minister Recognition requirements above.
2. Completion of the Advanced Youth Ministry track offered by the Catechetical Institute.
Certified Youth Minister: Those completing the required courses for the Youth Ministry Foundational track and Advanced track will be considered fully certified to minister to young people in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
Continuing formation is required to maintain certification. The Youth Office will conduct continuing formation through the Catechetical Institute, and regular gatherings or meetings.