Youth Ministry | Diocese of Lansing

Youth Ministry


Youth Pope Francis

Youth Ministry Goals

The Office of Youth Ministry has three main goals. 

To be a resource to pastors and youth ministers who wish to start or enhance their youth ministry program.

To provide training, formation and support to parish youth ministers, volunteer and professional.

To sponsor diocesan level youth ministry programming.

Director, Brian Flynn, 517-342-2584

Administrative Assistant, Diane Arzberger, 517-342-2465,

Fax 517-342-2468

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                    2017 Middle School Rally                                  


Featuring Jackie Francois


Saturday, March 18th at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School,

Ann Arbor, MI

Registration Instructions

Collect the individual registration forms in your parish or school.  Please coordinate the registrations between the parish school, religious education, and youth ministry programs.  Place the names and grades on the “Group Registration Form” included with this packet.  Please include your adult chaperones in your count; they must also be paid for.  A single check for the total number of registrations (including adults) should be made out to the Diocese of Lansing.  Send the Group Registration Form ONLY along with the check for your total amount to:


Middle School Rally - Diocese of Lansing

Registration Clerk

228 N. Walnut Street

Lansing, MI 48933


NOTE: The early registration deadline at $30.00 per person is due March 1, 2017.  After March 1st , the cost of registration will be $40.00 per person.  Cut off registration date is March 6, 2017. There will be no refunds; replacements will be accepted.

Click Here for details and downloadable registration forms

      Click Here for the complete Rally Pack including group registration forms


Useful Links for Youth Ministers

Project Youth Ministry

Steubenville Youth Conferences

Lifeteen International

Discipleship Youth Ministry

National Catholic Youth Conference

Teen Questions of Faith

This collection of teen questions and responses are intended for coordinators of youth ministry and other adult leaders ministering with teens. The compilation of the questions was the work of the teen members of the Diocesan Youth Advisory Committee . Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) references and scriptural references make up the primary content of the answers in order to insure that the answers are fully the true teaching of the Church. The idea for this project developed from concerns expressed by the members of the committee.

Download "Teen Questions of Faith"


Pastoral response to pornography

The introduction to the youth section of the Pastoral Response to Pornography begins:

“Despite age laws on the access of pornography, teenagers are frequently and profoundly exposed to the materials. Some will be linked to Internet websites by extraneous search results or pop-up windows. Others will be exposed through film, television, or print media. What may begin as idle curiosity can quickly become a deeper problem of addiction.”

The section then begins by addressing the various issues of teens and pornography. Introductory comments and insights will begin each section. Download this file for the full youth section filled with strategies and resources for ministry with young adults.

Other Useful Chastity Related Links for Ministering to Teens



DYLC stands for the Diocesan Youth Leadership Camp. DYLC is a weeklong leadership camp at St. Francis Retreat Center. Its purpose is to empower teens to be disciples by giving them leadership skills and tools to share Christ with all those they encounter. Skills covered include things from small group dynamics to listening skills to Trust. Also we cover the importance of being a servant leader and the Vision of Youth Ministry. This year DYLC will be held from June 18-23, 2017. 

Take a look at the following forms for more information or to apply. 

DYLC 2017 Letter

DYLC 2017 Application Packet


Parish youth ministry evaluation tool

The Parish Youth Ministry Evaluation Tool can be used with the Catechetical Review Manual provided through the Office of Catechesis or on its own. It is to assist you in providing the highest quality ministry with youth in your parish, cluster and region. This tool is the result of nine months of work with our diocesan coordinator of Youth Ministry Advisory Committee, and parish  and diocesan ministries. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Youth Ministry, 517.342.2584


Diocese of Lansing's Response to Concerns Regarding GSUSA
Letter from Bishop Boyea
Memorandum of Understanding, Girl Scout Hearts/Diocese
Memorandum of Understanding, Girls of Southeast Michigan/Diocese

Scout Training and Religious Awards

Catholic BSA Religious Emblem Counselor-Facilitator Training Application

Catholic Committee on Scouting

Rosary Patch Program

American Heritage Girls National Committee Link:

American Heritage Girls Facebook Page:

Ad Altare Dei and Pius XII Counselor Training
Ad Altare Dei & Piux XII Boy Scout Religious Awards Training for Religious Awards Counselors will be held Saturday, May 21, August 27, and October 9, 2016, 8:30am - noon at St. Patrick Church, Brighton.  The session will be held in the Adult Faith Formation Building, Room A.  Cost of $20.00 per participant includes copies of both Counselor’s Guides and Boy Scout Workbook.  Please call for reservation: Chuck Krochmal 734-878-6881.

Looking ahead to 2016-2017 the Scout Award Ceremony is April 23, 2017, at St. Mary Cathedral, downtwon Lansing. Work fior earning the awards must be completed by February 1, 2016 in order to receive the award at the April ceremoy. For information contact the Office of Youth Ministry.

Suggested Religious Emblem Counselor Application Form

Diocese of Lansing Face book page:

Peer to Peer Ministry

A ministry designed to increase social opportunities for and friendships with children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs which impact socialization skills.

Social Role Model Application

Medical Form

Guidelines for permission form use

Three primary axes to consider whether we need permission slips.

Transportation: Are we providing/arranging/coordinating transportation? Are our people traveling together as a group? and is the travel itself part of the venture?

The event being treated as part of our program: Is the event being treated as an element of our own program? For our people, does attendance at the event take the place of a normally scheduled class or session? and are our people required/expected to attend?

Our own involvement in the event: Is our staff involved in the event? Are some of the presenters, coordinators, performers, speakers, etc., coming from us? Did we help organize or present the event?

Summary: We need permission slips if we are driving people to an event that we are incorporating into our curriculum with our staff being involved in the production of the event. We do not need permission slips if we are not providing transportation, are neutral about whether people choose to attend, and are not involved in the production of the event. We look to those three scales to figure out whether we have made this event ours; or whether it is someone else's event we are mentioning to our people, who are free to attend or not, as they see fit.

Field Trip Permission Form

Forma de Permiso Padre/Tutor para Viajes de Excursión

Medical Form

Guidelines for Overnight Trips with Youth and Teens

Safety Guideline Contacts

Service Trip Guidlines

Volunteer Driver Information Sheet




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Lay Ministry Formation
Deborah Amato

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Ron Landfair

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Patrick Rinker

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Brian Flynn

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Margaret Grima

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Diane Arzberger

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Anne Rivet

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Rose Smith


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