Youth Ministry

Leslie Barkin
Diocesan Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
585-328-3228, ext. 1244

Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Rochester embraces a comprehensive and multifaceted approach that utilizes the gifts of the entire faith community to minister to, with, by and for young people in grades 6-12. Our goals reflect those outlined by the U.S. Bishops in the 1997 document, Renewing the Vision:

  • To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.
  • To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

In order to achieve these goals, all leaders in youth and campus ministries are urged to use a team approach that involves both youth and adults in the development, implementation and leadership of programs and events that reach out to young people. The designated leader, as well as those who support and assist the leader, should be provided appropriate and ongoing training in leadership skills and supervision and safety issues. The programs, events, in services and gatherings that are listed in this website are all designed to support and enhance this comprehensive vision of youth ministry within the Diocese of Rochester as well as offer young people a sense of the larger Church of which they are an integral part.

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