Since 2008, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington has been partnering with Franciscan University of Steubenville to offer a Certificate in Youth Ministry. Believing that the most significant factor in the catechetical endeavor is the individual catechist passing on a lived faith, Franciscan University has committed itself to assisting in the preparation of men and women equal to the task of catechesis in a youth ministry context.

    About the Program

    The Certificate in Youth Ministry Program is an in-depth program designed to provide formation for the Coordinator of Youth Ministry (CYM), through presentations that are practical, academic, theological, and spiritual. Upon completion you will receive a Certificate in Youth Ministry that is given in the name of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and Franciscan University of Steubenville.


     Requirements for completing this program include:

       •   Registration
       •   Entrance Interview
       •   Attend twenty-one sessions
       •   Participate in the Annual Meeting
       •   Develop a Youth Ministry Resource
       •   Exit interview

    These requirements can be completed in two years. Even if you are not able to attend every session in a given year, you can work towards the certificate over several years. You also have the flexibility to make up three sessions if you are unable to make the training in person. 

    Deadlines for 2016 recipients

    The Certificate in Youth Ministry is awarded at the Youth and Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner. This fall, If you have attended all 21 sessions it is possible to receive the Certificate this year. The final two steps are developing a youth ministry resource and completing an exit interview. As soon as you have submitted your youth ministry resource proposal, please contact Kevin to set up your exit interview. The proposal deadline is 5 weeks before the Appreciation Dinner. The deadline for the resource and exit interview is 2 weeks before the Appreciation Dinner.

    • Proposal deadline: November 8, 2016
    • Resource deadline: November 29, 2016
    • Exit Interview deadline: November 29, 2016

    Certificate Training


      Contact April Hjelstrom in the Office of Youth Ministry at 703-841-2559 or by e-mail.

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