“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. This page highlights a few favorite recurring events.
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.
Vermont Catholic Youth Serve (VCYS) is just one way that youth serve in our community. Our high schools provide numerous service opportunities, as well as our parishes. Our goal is to help our young people see how each of us is called to be a vessel of God’s goodness and mercy to all those we meet. Shine Workcamp will be coming to Burlington Vermont in the Summer of 2019. This will be a wonderful opportunity to serve and we hope many high school teens will avail themselves of this opportunity — August 5-10, 2019.
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship. Every other year, Catholic young people and their chaperones—youth ministers, campus ministers, parents, catechists, priests, coaches, and scout leaders—come together to pray, learn and grow in their faith. In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance, NCYC participants attend general and breakout sessions on topics relevant to living as a disciple of Christ in today’s world, visit with organizations that provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and engage in service to others.
The next NCYC will be November 21-24, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Learn more about NCYC.
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. Learn more about Steubenville East.
Steubenville 2019 will be July 12-14.
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.
We will be attending again in 2019 — trip will include stops at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C. Monuments and Museums, outreach to the homeless or elderly and more! Join us for a life-changing experience!
The following forms must be submitted as far in advance as possible to the appropriate persons. For parish religious education trips, this form must be submitted to the pastor and director of catechetical ministry. For parish youth ministry events, this form must be submitted to the pastor and director of youth ministry. For schools, this form must be submitted to the pastor and the superintendent of schools.
These forms may be used as a registration, medical release and permission form combined.