Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Diocesan Youth Council Requirements


The Diocese of Ogdensburg Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) is a group comprised of members in grades 10-12 who live in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.  Each member serves on DYC for a one-year term (members are able to re-apply annually to serve for up to three total terms). 

The purpose of Diocesan Youth Council is twofold: 

1. Members will grow in spiritual development and leadership skills so they may take a more active role in their local parishes, particularly in youth ministry efforts on the local level.

2. Members will help plan and facilitate diocesan-sponsored events (youth rally, Lenten retreat days) and help promote diocesan-sponsored events (youth rallies, Camp Guggenheim, March for Life, regional events, Catholic Heart Work Camp, etc.) 

 Diocesan Youth Council is an opportunity to grow in leadership, build friendships, and have fun.  It is also a significant responsibility, requiring maturity and commitment.  Applying to DYC should be taken seriously and with prayerful consideration.


Members must be in grades 10-12. 

Members must demonstrate active involvement in the Church at the parish level. 

Members must demonstrate leadership skills, integrity, motivation, and a love for the Lord. Members must attend:   

  • One Lenten Retreat Day
  • Youth Rally
  • Annual retreat day or weekend experience
  • A minimum of 6 council meetings virtually or in-person. Schedules and locations to be determined by the Director of Youth Ministry and DYC members.

Growing the young church through joy filled Leadership

Leadership Retreat at Camp Guggenheim

Youth Marching for Life

Tom Semeraro Director introduces the DYC team