National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies
The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is a ministry training program for those in ministry with youth in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the practical tools and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth.
The program includes eight weekend courses offered over a two-year period. The primary aim for the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth. Courses in the first year cover Youth Ministry principles, theological foundations, and leadership process and skills. Courses for the second year focus on fostering the faith growth of youth through evangelization and catechesis, prayer and worship, justice and service, and pastoral care. You are not required to take the classes in any order, so you can begin the process at any time.
Second year courses begins in September 2014. Students have the option of taking the classes during the week (Wed. & Thu.) or on the weekend. Please see the dates below. The cost of each class is $200 ($800 for the entire cycle). This includes books, course materials, coffee in the morning and lunch for both days. If you would like to register for any or all of the classes, please contact Graciela Aviles
Please note that the National Certificate in Youth Ministry is the suggested pathway for Coordinators of Youth Ministry to complete the Continuing Catechetical Formation Certificate process as outlined by the Office of Catechetical Services. Please refer to pages 18 – 20 of your
Youth Ministry Specialization Complement Handbook
to review how the National Certificate meets these requirements.
Graduate credit is available through the University of Dallas School of Ministry. Please contact Lillian Winstead
if you would like more information.
Master Catechist Certificate Information
Parish Directors/Coordinators of Youth Ministry & Youth Ministry Volunteers/Catechists w
ho have attended the courses for the National Certificate in Youth Ministries Studies Program can apply to receive their Master Catechist Certificate that is offered through the office of Catechetical Services Department. Please review the material below to see if you are eligible to receive your certificate.
Equivalency Application Instructions
Equivalency Application (Master Catechist)
Second Year (Cycle 2) Courses include:
Evangelization & Catechesis ~ Tom East - Sept. 24-25 or 27-28, 2014
Evangelization & Catechesis
explores the foundations of nurturing young and older adolescent faith development and Catholic identity through an integrated approach to faith formation which incorporates teaching, prayer and liturgy, community life, and justice and service within ministry with adolescents.
Pastoral Care ~
Nov. 12-13 or 15-16, 2014
explores the principles and methods of caring for young people from various cultures and their families.
Justice & Service ~ Joan Weber - Jan. 21-22 or 24-25, 2015
Justice & Service
explores the foundations for fostering a justice and service consciousness and spirituality in youth drawn from: Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, adolescent development, and contemporary catechetical principles.
Prayer & Worship ~
Tom Tomaszek -
March 25-26 or 28-29, 2015
Prayer & Worship
investigates the foundational role that Christian worship and sacraments have in fostering the spiritual growth of youth.
Click here for the 2014-2015 Brochure
Registration and Attendance Policies
For more information you may email Graciela Aviles or call (214) 379-2845.