Catholic Youth Coalition (CYC)
The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM) provides specialized resources and consultation services to parishes and Catholic schools of the diocese in youth and young adult ministry. To that end, the Catholic Youth Coalition (CYC) was established in 1977 as the umbrella for all diocesan efforts in "total youth ministry" with and for young people of high school age. Its three major dimensions are:
- Leadership Training Camp
- Local parish and Catholic High School youth groups
- Annual Diocesan Youth Convention
CYC Leadership Training Camp
CYC Leadership Training Camp is held annually at Legendary Lodge to train youth, young adults, and youth ministers in a total vision of youth ministry. Participants are specially selected by their parishes or Catholic high schools for this week-long experience of Christian community aimed at enabling participants to share and celebrate their personal giftedness with and among their peers for the benefit of all.
CYC Youth Convention
The CYC Diocesan Youth Convention brings together more than 500 youth and adults each year at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds. The next convention will be held April 13-15, 2012.
SEARCH is an intense weekend experience of evangelization and catechesis for high school youth or college-age young adults. For more information at the respective level, contact your local parish or Catholic high school, or Catholic campus ministry at any of the colleges or universities in the diocese.
World Youth Day
World Youth Day, held every three years, is a meeting of youth from around the world with the Holy Father. Past World Youth Days have been celebrated in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Czestochowa, Poland; Denver, Colorado, USA; Manila, Philippines; Paris, France; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Cologne, Germany; Sydney, Australia and most recently in Madrid, Spain (August 16-21, 2011). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host the next World Youth Day in 2013.
National Youth & Ministry Conferences
NCYC and NCCYM Conferences are held in alternating years and supported by diocesan promotion and attendance. The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is for all high school youth, and the National Catholic Conference for Youth Ministers is for adult youthworkers.
Youth & Young Adult Minister
406-442-5820 (ext. 19)