“Dear young people, your joyful presence, your thirst for truth and high ideals are signs of hope!” -Pope Francis
All members of the Church in Vermont are called to bring the “Joy of the Gospel” (Pope Francis) to the youth of Vermont. Ministering to youth, leading them to become disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today, is a great mission and call for every member of the Church. Youth programs offered by the Diocese of Burlington serve the local purpose and mission of reaching all young people — both those in the pews and those wandering in the world — with the joy of becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. Our hope and prayer is that Youth Ministry will flourish through individual encounters, invitations and mentoring of our young people as they journey together with the community of faith. Our ultimate goal is to give youth a love of God, others and the Church and to ultimately share in the beatific vision of Heaven.
Middle and High School Events
The Diocese organizes various rallies, retreats, trips and workshops for youth throughout the year. Be sure to check the diocesan calendar often to stay informed on new and upcoming events.
Steubenville Live Conference
Steubenville conferences are specialized to address the needs of today’s Catholic youth, organized on a national and regional level. With an exciting lineup of speakers, musicians, and presenters, the High School Youth Conferences will challenge Catholic youth to stand firm in their faith, rely upon the awesome power of Jesus Christ who is their guide, friend and Savior and to show that faith to the world. Tens of thousands of teens participate each summer across the country – in Denver, Atlanta, New York, Ohio, Seattle, Nova Scotia, Minnesota, Texas and many other places.
This year’s conference will take place virtually from July 17th-18th! The conference team includes Fr. Mike Schmitz, Michael Gormley, and other faithful ministers to youth.
Following the virtual conference, join teens from across Vermont who attended on a hike up Stowe Mountain!
Life is Precious Trip
Each year, the Diocese sponsors a bus trip for Vermonters to show their support for life at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Typically, this trip includes an extended itinerary for youth groups and their chaperones that include visits to several shrines in the D.C. area and overnight stays.
In 2020, we toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Shrine of Pope St. John Paul II, visited the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and served the elderly. Consider joining us for 2021 for a life-changing experience!
Service is an integral part of youth ministry. We seek to encourage and support all parishes in providing opportunities to show Christ’s love to the world through works of mercy. The Diocese, Vermont Catholic high schools, and Vermont parishes provide numerous service opportunities. The goal is to help young people see how each of us is called to be a vessel of God’s goodness and mercy to all those we meet.
Vermont Catholic Youth Serve
Vermont Catholic Youth Serve (VCYS) is an annual high school summer camp focused on serving Christ in His people! With Rice Memorial High School and the Catholic Center at UVM as our home bases, teens from all across Vermont will gather to serve the poor and needy throughout the Chittenden County area. We will serve meals to the homeless, visit the elderly, and much more, bearing witness to the love of Jesus, and to the truth that each person has inherent dignity.
Vermont Catholic Youth Serve 2020 has been cancelled. Yet, even in the midst of a pandemic, there are plenty of ways to serve Christ in His people- donate to your local food shelf, tend to your neighbors’ yard, write letters to the elderly, ask your pastor how you can help in the parish. Get creative!
The Culture Project
Catholic Relief Services
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Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.
bulldog Catholic: Listen to homilies from Fr. Mike Schmitz, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota.
The Crunch Catholic Podcast: Sometimes poignant, sometimes informational, sometimes absolutely useless, Ethan and Patrick hope that their conversations lead themselves and others closer to Christ in his one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.