Catholic Youth Ministry Certificate Program

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.


The Certificate in Youth Ministry Program is an in-depth program designed to provide formation for the Director of Youth Ministry (DYM), 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 21 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. 


The Certificate in Youth Ministry is awarded at the Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries Appreciation Mass and Dinner. In the fall, if you have attended all 21 sessions it is possible to receive the Certificate at that year's dinner. 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 five weeks before the Appreciation Dinner. The deadline for the resource and exit interview is two weeks before the Appreciation Dinner.


Contact the Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries at 703-841-2559 or by email at


Program Brochure: 2023-2024
Session Descriptions
Requirements Checklist
Resource Instructions and Proposal Form