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Children & Youth

Diocesan Youth Programming offers an opportunity for young people across the diocese-- different regions, parishes, schools, and contexts-- to come together for weekend retreats. Typically, we offer:

-One weekend in the autumn and one in the spring for 6-12th graders, focusing on community building and seeing God in the world, each other, and ourselves.
-Youth participation in the Diocesan Convention, typically held in November.
-Youth participation in the Diocesan Convocation, typically held in February.
-A spiritual retreat in the winter for high schoolers, led by high schoolers
-A middle school weekend in the winter focusing on community building and leadership development
-Annual opportunities to gather with youth from other dioceses in our region.
-Other opportunities such as the Toledo Youth Gathering, or online Compline services.

We also work with and assist parishes to strengthen their own ministries with youth.

Grants

  • Summer Youth Programming: The mission office has funds available to support Vacation Bible School programs, up to a maximum of $500.
  • Summer Youth Mission Trips: The mission office, via the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, has funds available to support youth mission trips, with an emphasis on those that involve youth from more than one parish. If outside the Diocese of Ohio, see CGDM Mission as well.