Office of Youth Ministry


A comprehensive approach serving youth, pastoral leaders, and parish communities in the Diocese of Jefferson City


The Office of Youth Ministry strives to empower young people and those who minister to them to live as disciples of Jesus in the Church and world.


Our approach is comprehensive, understanding that youth ministry works best when the entire parish is involved.  Using the framework outlined in the 1997 document, Renewing the Vision, the Office of Youth Ministry collaborates with parish leaders to draw youth into a deeper relationship with Jesus, and fuller participation in the life, mission, and ministry of the Church.  By supporting parishes in the ministry of welcoming, engaging, and forming youth, and by providing effective resources to adult Youth Leaders, we hope to create communities where needs are met, people are supported, families are strengthened, and Christ is served.

We work to enact this philosophy by:

  • Coordinating Diocesan-wide youth ministry efforts in the form of retreats, camps, conferences, service trips and special events to serve parish youth.
  • Organizing workshops, training, and formation opportunities for adult Youth Leaders
  • Facilitating retreats, prayer experiences, social networking forums, and fellowship opportunities for adult Youth Leaders
  • Providing adult Youth Leaders with contemporary, effective and relevant resources to benefit their respective youth ministry programs.
  • Offering individualized support to adult Youth Leaders through mentorship and personal consultation services
  • Consult with parishes and aid parish communities in moving towards a comprehensive youth ministry program.

Specific programs sponsored or promoted by the Diocese include:

Retreats, Camps and Special Events for Youth

  • Camp Maccabee: Camp Maccabee was founded in 2009 with the purpose of forming bold, Catholic, masculine leaders. Since then, the camp has evolved into a much-anticipated summer event for many young Catholic men (grades 9-12) across the Diocese of Jefferson City.
  • Camp Siena: Camp Siena is a summer camp experience committed to helping young Catholic women (grades 9-12) deepen their relationship with God and others by exercising, understanding, and living their unique feminine spirituality and becoming the woman God is calling them to be.
  • Totus Tuus: Totus Tuus is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people (grades 1-12) grow in the understanding of, and strengthen their faith in, Jesus Christ.
  • CHRIST Power: An authentically Catholic service retreat for high school students to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church where a safe environment is created for each retreatant to ask the question, “Who is God the Father creating me to become?”  This retreat experience incorporates service, prayer, fellowship and fun for the duration of the week long program.
  • NET Ministries Retreat: NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, 150 young Catholics aged 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Teams (NET).  Dates and information on next year’s NET retreat in the diocese will be coming soon.
  • Teens Encounter Christ (TEC): Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a recognized movement of the Roman Catholic Church, offering to youth and young adults an experience of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus.  The next TEC retreat is coming up January 14-16 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City.  Click the link above to see how you can connect with the MidAmerica TEC Community and attend the next retreat!
  • Youth Rallies:  These high energy rallies combine prayer, activities, learning, and fun to create an unforgettable experience for your parish youth.  Follow the link for highlights from our 2016 Youth Rally, “Thunderous Mercy.”
  • National Catholic Youth Conference: NCYC is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones. Dates and information for the 2017 conference will be coming soon.
  • Steubenville Conference STL: For the past 40 years, high school youth from across the United States have had their faith awakened and their hearts set on a fire through a personal encounter with Jesus at a Steubenville Conference.  Each year parishes in the diocese attend the Steubenville Conference in Springfield, MO sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
  • March for Life: The March for Life began in Washington, D.C., as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  Each year parishes from across the diocese attend this event.  This year’s March for Life is January 25-28.  To learn how to get your parish involved in this year’s March for Life event click the link above.  For more information on the March for Life event please visit the official website.

Theological and Pastoral Formation for Adult Youth Leaders

Personal and Spiritual Formation for Adult Youth Leaders

  • Youth Leader Facebook page.
    • This is a closed group.  Click the link above and request an invitation through Facebook.  Or contact John DeLaporte to request an invitation to join.
  • Retreats and “days of renewal”
  • Fellowship and faith sharing opportunities
  • Youth Leader Mentoring Program
  • Resources on personal and spiritual growth

For qudelaporteestions or to request more information please contact:

John DeLaporte

Coordinator of Youth Ministry


573-635-9127 x233


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