Office of Youth Ministry

2016 Catholic Adventure Week: Faith, Fun, and High Adventure for Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Members

Catholic Adventure Week will be held the week of July 10-16, 2016 at Swift Explorer Base of the S bar 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 the 2016 Catholic Adventure Week is “The Year of Mercy.”

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.  The 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. 

For more details, visit the CAW webpage or contact Tom Kroenung at

STL Gathering

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Join fellow youth ministers for prayer, collaboration, and fellowship Wednesday, May 11th from 9:30-11am at St. Robert Bellarmine parish in St. Charles (1424 South First Capitol Drive). Bagels, coffee, and juice provided.

The gathering will be in the youth room. Park in back of the building. There is a garden area near the Adult Day Care - come down that sidewalk to enter the glass doors. Turn right and youth room will be on the left at the end of the hallway.

For more information, visit the OYM website or call the Office of Youth Ministry at (314) 792-7617.

St. Robert Bellarmine Church
1424 South First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63303

Project Life Returns!

Project Life, a service retreat sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry, 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. 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!

Feet Washers Unite!!!

  • When: June 12 - 17, 2016
  • Place: Once again we will be based out of Villa Duchesne High School in St. Louis County. Worksites will be all over St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and possibly St. Charles County.
  • Cost: $220 for teens and Young Adult Leaders, and $120 for Chaperones

For more details and to register, click here. If you have questions, please call the Office of Youth Ministry at (314) 792-7650.

Mary, the First Disciple Moderator Training

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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 Joe at (314) 792-7613.

Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

Generation Life In STL

We don’t have to go to DC to be witnesses.

Are we upset we can’t make it to Washington DC this year to attend the March For Life? Absolutely! After all, it’s an extremely important event for our nation and our cause, and we’re glad to be a part of it when we can.

However, we want to make this point very clear: our inability to go to Washington DC will not stop us from being witnesses to the gospel of life!

We don’t always understand God’s will, but we are called to go wherever He leads us. This year, He’s leading us to our own back yard: St. Louis. Although our leaders in Washington DC can benefit from hearing the young and enthusiastic voices Generation Life, there are many people in our own city who can benefit as well.

Will you take a stand and be a leader in the pro-life movement here in St. Louis? Come join us for Generation Life in STL.

For more information and the complete blog, check out GenLifeSTL365

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