Office of Youth Ministry

Catholic Adventure Week - Faith, Fun and High Adventure!

Catholic Adventure Week will be held on July 12-18, 2015 at Swift Explorer of the S-F Scout Ranch, which is near Farmington, Missouri. The weeklong high adventure retreat is sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA, the Office of Youth Ministry, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA. The theme for 2015 CAW is “Gifts that Keep On Giving”, and the focus of the week will be on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Catholic Venturers and Boy Scouts from around the region are invited to participate in an inspirational week of high adventure/Kodiak training, faith, and fun.  Our goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them the experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation. While at CAW, Scouts will be exposed to the entire High Adventure program offered at Swift.  Intertwined with the outstanding program offered by the Swift staff and merit badge program time, there will be opportunities for prayer, religious instruction, and reflection. 

Jennifer Trousdale, Coordinator of Faith Programs for the Office of Youth Ministry, has been helping with Catholic Adventure Week for several years. She says “I think one of the reasons it is successful each year is because we tie in the faith with the fun. Bishop Rice will again be coming down to camp again this year to do Mass. The participation of the seminarians, priests and deacons at this camp always makes for a unique camping experience. The young people will not find anywhere it else!”

For more details, visit the Catholic Adventure Week page, or contact Tom Kroenung at tkroenung@stlbsa.org.

Mary, the First Disciple Training

Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Moderator training for Mary, the First Disciple – "The Marian Award."  Training is required for all moderators who want to work with girls on this program.  For more information, contact Jennifer at the Office of Youth Ministry - (314) 792-7613.

Location: 
Cardinal Rigali Center - CYA Conference Rm.
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

Mary, the First Disciple Training

Date: 
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Moderator training for Mary, the First Disciple – "The Marian Award."  Training is required for all moderators who want to work with girls on this program.  For more information, contact Jennifer at the Office of Youth Ministry - (314) 792-7613.

Location: 
Cardinal Rigali Center - CYA Conference Rm.
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

Project Life Returns!

Next week, 117 teens from around the Archdiocese and their adult leaders and chaperones will participate in the Office of Youth Ministry’s annual week-long service retreat. Project Life gathers teens from various backgrounds to be transformed by the Gospel call to love one another through service to those in need. Throughout the course of the week, teens (aka "Feet Washers") come to know and recognize Jesus Christ in themselves and in the people they serve.

The teens and their leaders will be based out of Villa Duchesne High School and will volunteer at 31 different service sites in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and in Illinois.  These include Southside Senior Ministries, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, Karen House, Our Lady’s Inn, several parish vacation Bible Schools, and LifeBridge, a camp for children with disabilities.

Please keep the teens and the many people they will be serving in your prayers. Through spiritual programming, great music, hard work, and good times Project Life has become an awesome event that allows Christ to speak and work through them in ways they would never have imagined!

Steubenville Conferences - Week 2

Date: 
Friday, July 17, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, July 19, 2015 (All day)

... A dynamic youth conference of high school students held at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.  For more details, visit the Steubenville page of the OYM website or call Amy at (314) 792-7617 or email amyeschelbach@archstl.org.

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