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Emmaus Program

The CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office is seeking young adults interested in applying for an internship in youth ministry. The newly developed Emmaus Program is seeking 2-3 young adults (preferably out of college) to spend 1 year as a parish youth ministry intern.  These individuals will live in community and will receive youth ministry formation and training.

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N.C.C.Y.M.

Sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) is the largest conference in the country for adults who minister to and with Catholic youth. Join thousands of your colleagues—youth and campus ministers, religious education leaders, clergy and religious, young adult ministers, performers, artists and volunteers—for three days of inspiring keynotes, challening workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, extensive networking, hundreds of resource exhibits, and good-hearted entertainment.

In 2016 NCCYM is partnering with the annual Northern California Faith Formation Conference to bring together over 5,000 parish leaders and volunteer catechists working in youth ministry, campus and young adult ministry, faith formation, RCIA, liturgy, catholic schools and other areas of parish leadership.

Information was sent to parish youth ministry leaders, high school campus ministers, pastors, and principals a while ago.  You can download the information packet in the downloads section of the website.  For more information on the conference and to register for the conference, visit www.nccym.info.  We have blocked hotel rooms at the Hilton San Jose for anyone from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  If you would like a room within our block, please contact Brigitte Burke at 504-836-0551 x3226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting

The Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting oversees the religious emblem program and related Catholic spiritual activities for Catholic girls and young women in in Girl Scout troops in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The program is provided by the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire.   In a particular way, the committee liaisons with those units hosted by Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations.

The Catholic relgious emblem program includs the awards God Is Love, Family of God, I Live My Faith, Mary The First Disciple, and The Spirit Alive.  Adults may receive the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award and the St. Ann Award for service to scouting and youth ministry.

In addition to the religious emblem program, the committee sponsors an annual Catholic Girl Scout Retreat for Juniors and Cadettes, a Day of Reflection for Brownies, and an annual pilgrimage to a local Catholic church or shrine. 

An annual Catholic Scouting Awards Ceremony at St. Loius Cathedral is presented jointly with the Catholic Committee on Boy Scouting.

 

For more information on the committee and its work, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gloria St. Piere, Committee Chair

Deacon Richard Brady, Chaplain

Joey Pistorius, CYO Office Director

Cecilia Matherne, CYO Office Administrative Assistant

Catholic Committee on Boy Scouting

The Catholic Committee on Boy Scouting oversees the religious emblem program and related Catholic spiritual activities for Catholic boys and young men in Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venture crews in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The program is provided by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.   In a particular way, the committee liaisons with those units chartered by Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations.

Relgious Emblem Program includs the awards Guardian Angel, Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, and Pillars of Faith.  Units may earn the Pope Paul VI Award, and adults may receive the Cathedral Award and the St. George Award for service to scouting and youth ministry.

In addition to the religious emblem program, the committee sponsors an annual Catholic Boy Scout Retreat, a Good Friday pilgrimage hike, and a Cub Scout Day of Reflection.

An annual Catholic Scouting Awards Ceremony at St. Loius Cathedral is presented jointly with the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting.

 

For more information on the committee and its work, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Susan Guidry, Committee Chair

Deacon Danny Flynn, Chaplain

Joey Pistorius, CYO Office Interim Director

Cecilia Matherne, CYO Office Administrative Assistant

Notice Regarding WYD Registration!

World Youth Day group registration access is limited to Archdiocesan parish and school contacts (i.e., youth ministers, junior high ministers, etc.). This requires a cyo-no.org individual user account established by our office. If you currently receive emails from our office, your account most likely exists. 

If you know your newly activated account credentials, please click here to proceed. Otherwise, please click here to learn more about online accounts and how to retrieve your login credentials or request the setup of an individual user account.

Youth Ministers' Forum

The annual meeting for all parish youth ministry coordinators, the Youth Ministers' Forum, will be Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM at the CYO Office (2241 Mendez Street, New Orleans, LA 70122). Dinner will be provided.  There will also be an optional Vigil Mass offered at 5:15PM in the Church.  

The agenda for our gathering includes:

A time for prayerful reflection on our ministry, distribution of resources including the 2017-2018 Calendar of Programs, updates about World Youth Day/Junior High Rally, an opportunity to speak with office staff members and program leaders, and an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from some fifty parishes

As usual, we value your presence and hope that every youth ministry coordinator will be present. You may want to bring additional adults with you as well. Please confirm your attendance to Cecilia Matherne.

Junior High Retreat

The CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office will sponsor a Junior High Retreat on February 3-5, 2017, at Camp Abbey Retreat Center. Under the theme “ALIVE,”  young people in grades 5-7 will enjoy experiences of prayer, community, sacraments, reflection, and activities.  Parishes and schools are asked to please advertise this opportunity. Parishes and schools do NOT have to bring/sponsor a group; students may be registered individually by parents. The CYO Office will provide chaperones and the retreat team. The retreat begins at 7PM on Friday and ends at 1PM on Sunday. Please refer to the documents below for registration information or call the office at 504-836-0551 x3226 for more information.

Registration Packet

Jr. High Retreat Flyer

Packing List

March for Life Pilgrimage

March for Life 2018 Adult and Youth P{ackets are available via the downloads page!

 

Each year, concerned citizens opposed to abortion have gathered at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., to raise their voices against the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to give witness to respect for all human life.  Although many religious denominations participate each year, the march is overwhelmingly Catholic and the USCCB and the Archdiocese of Washington sponsor affiliated activities in connection with the march.  There is also an important opportunity to meet with members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation regarding life issues.  Finally, Louisiana Right to Life gathers young people from all across Louisiana for the Geaux Forth Rally, focused on bringing advocacy for life back home.  Our pilgrimage also includes the participation of seminarians, female religious, and a chaplain on each motor coach, pro-life catechesis and prayer during portions of our travel time and hotel evenings, and a Rosary for life outside an abortion clinic located just blocks from the White House.

The CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office year began offering a trip ten years ago open to all area high school students.  This has now grown into 500 teenagers from 19 Catholic high schools and numerous parish youth ministry delegations.  Hundreds of thousands of mostly young people will peacefully march as witnesses to the sanctity of life.  Archbishop Gregory Aymond is supportive of this opportunity and will be attending with us again this year.

We are again pleased to sponsor a youth pilgrimage to the March for Life.   Because of the tremendous growth of the trip, we have made some minor changes to the registration process. 

1) ELIGIBILITY: The trip is open to students in grades 8-12 registering as part of either a Catholic high school or a church parish youth ministry delegation; schools/parishes may impose additional criteria at their discretion
2) REGISTERING: To register a group, a group leader should submit a group roster, the individual registration slips, and the corresponding deposits to the CYO Office.  The CYO Office would strongly prefer to have one packet per school/parish rather than individuals sending registrations to the office. 
3) PAYMENTS: At the beginning of the registration process, the group leader must decide whether trip participants will pay directly to the CYO Office (i.e., sending a bundle of checks) or whether the parish/school will collect payments and then cut one check to the archdiocese.  Whatever payment method you choose will apply to ALL payment installments.  Please do not switch back and forth.
4) TEENS WITHOUT A GROUP: Teens whose parishes/schools are not going may register as individuals with a surcharge.  Special consideration will be given to members of Teen CROSS, the Archdiocesan Youth Council. Contact the CYO Office to discuss. 
5) CHAPERONES: The trip will be chaperoned by the office and adult staff from the parishes and high schools.  Adults, including parents, may not register for the youth pilgrimage without the approval of the school or parish where their child attends. 

With space limited to 500 people and the trip selling out each year, I ask that young people and their parents please make decisions as soon as possible.  Complete information will be made available at www.cyo-no.org, including trip flyers, itinerary, packing list, and various permission forms.  Trip meetings to submit these forms will take place in December on the southshore and northshore.   Paid deposits hold space on a first-come, first-served basis.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 504-836-0551, ext. 3219 or Cecilia Matherne at ext. 3221.

The March for Life Pilgrimage is a life-changing pilgrimage that includes the 45st Rally & March for Life, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Capitol, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian Museums, Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Supreme Court, opportunity to meet Louisiana Congressional Members, Geaux Forth Youth Rally, nightly youth ministry, and more!

Where: Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (evening departure) – Sunday, January 21, 2018 (evening return)
How Much: $580 includes motor coach transportation, hotel accommodations based on 4 students or 2 adults per room, 10 out of 14 meals, and all activities/admissions. *Teens registering without a sponsoring parish/school group add $100 to cost.

Payments: By Check (Mail to CYO Address below) By Credit Card (Include credit card info on form)

  • $180 Deposit due September 30
  • $200 Payment due November 30
  • $200 Payment due December 30

Note: There are no refunds.

More Info: Detailed itinerary, permission forms, packing list, and school absence letters from archdiocese will be sent to each participant. Forms will be due at a December trip meeting; complimentary notarization will be available.  

Registration: To hold a spot, fill out the registration form and send in the $180 deposit as soon as possible.  We anticipate that the trip will sell out quickly.

Catholic Leadership Institute

Catholic Leadership Institute is based on the nationally recognized CLI Program that has been enabling the young church for over twenty years to become leaders in their parish and high school settings.  While many leadership training opportunities are available through other programs such as student council, CLI is unique in that leadership principles and practice are presented through the lens of Gospel teaching and values.  While this is not a retreat, it involves some of the same community dynamics familiar at adolescent retreats.

The four days of intense learning and training will include:

  • Skills Training in evangelization, communication, peer ministry, event planning, decision-making, commitment and more.
  • Prayer and Worship through youth-planned prayer experiences and liturgies.
  • The opportunity to "learn by doing" where participants become responsible for leading others during the institute.

In their document, Renewing the Vision, the U.S. Bishops name leadership development as one of the eight components of comprehensive youth ministry.  If the church is to have leaders for today and tomorrow, they must be empowered with the servant leadership message of Jesus Christ, a message that is not always how the secular world defines leadership.

The institute is designed for young people completing 8th through 11th grade who may be in leadership roles in the parish or high school in the coming academic year.  Participants should be mature enough to be away from home and committed to the work of CLI.

In addition to the staff, a limited number of adult participants (youth ministers, campus ministers, other official adult advisers) will be accepted.  Parishes and Catholic high schools may send any number of participants.  Registration is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

CLI will take place June 11-15, 2018, at the Bishop Tracey Conference Center at the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Participants will be expected to stay the entire duration of the institute. A complete staff list will be included in the registration packet.

The 2018 registration fee for CLI is $285.00 and includes lodging, all meals, institute materials, and a T-shirt.  Bus transportation to and from Baton Rouge will be available for an additional fee of $45.00 per person.  Participants are encouraged to seek sponsors to help with fees, examples include parishes, high schools, Knights of Columbus councils, and businesses.  Limited scholarships are available; please request an application.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact the office.

Jr. High Rally

Junior High Rally (Grades 6-8) is a track at the annual World Youth Day New Orleans in October each year. The office will also be offering additional resources and gatherings for junior high youth ministry in the coming year, including an archdiocesan junior high retreat on February 23-25, 2018, at Camp Abbey Retreat Center.  For more information, please call Brigitte Burke at 504-227-3226.

Teens Encounter Christ

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a national retreat movement for older adolescents and young adults with nearly fifty years of history and a presence in some fifty Catholic dioceses in the United States as well as other countries.  Our own Archbishop Gregory Aymond serves as the episcopal (bishop) moderator of the TEC Conference.  The current TEC retreat program has been active in the Archdiocese of New Orleans since 1982, sponsoring over 120 retreats so far. 


TEC is a three-day retreat weekend of prayer, reflections/talks, discussions and activities based on the Paschal Mystery.  Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass are included. TEC is a special experience with topics and an approach designed for older adolescents and young adults who have completed at least their sophomore year of high school.


T.E.C. is: 
• Part of the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
• held at the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center near Pontchatoula, Louisiana
• open to young people that have completed at least their sophomore year of high school
• A fresh, different atmosphere away from home, school, or job
• An experience in Christian living
• Meeting with other young people from different schools, parishes, and areas
• Sharing with others how you see yourself, your ideals, your dreams
• Finding God real in your life
• Encountering Jesus Christ --Risen and Alive today!

Complete information and applications are available at the T.E.C. website: www.tecneworleans.com.

Athletics

Athletics are frequently used as a tool to connect youth to parish life. Consequently, parishes have called on CYO to organize Archdiocesan-wide athletic leagues.

Coaches must be registered through the office in order to coach. A coaches' registration session is held each fall, providing a coach a four-year authorization card.  A fee is charged to coaches (which includes handbook).

All leagues are open to young people in grades 8 through 12, including the summer after graduation from high school.

Besides occasional one-day tournaments, the following sports leagues are offered:

  • Girl's Flag Football
  • Boy's Flag Football
  • Girl's Basketball
  • Boy's Basketball
  • Co-ed Volleyball
  • Co-ed Cabbageball

Teams are registered through this website by a deadline usually 3-4 weeks before that sport season begins.  At approximately two weeks prior to the season beginning, a madatory meeting of partcipating coaches and officials is held to review the game schedule and rules and provide an opportunity for questions. The Athletic Council is a group of volunteers from across the Archdiocese who assist the Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office with planning and running the athletic leagues. They form standing committees for rules, protest, and discipline. They also help with scheduling, coaches registration, player eligibility, and special events.

Athletic competition between parishes takes place at various parish gyms and school yards. Games are scheduled on weeknights and Sunday afternoon, depending on the sport. The entry fee for most sports is $150.00 per team.

Hispanic Youth Ministry

The CYO Office works to serve youth and young adults in the Hispanic community through collaboration among our staff and the youth ministry coordinator of the Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  This outreach includes training parish personnel, offering resources, networking Catholic hispanic teens (through gatherings such as Dia de Amistad), and connecting to national organizations (such as SEPI and La Red).  Bilingual English-Spanish ministry is included and available. For more information, please contact us.  This Hispanic Apostolate youth ministry coordinator, Carlina Doubleday, can be reached at 504-227-3254 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

National Evangelization Team

N.E.T. serves throughout United States and also in Canada and Australia. The young men and women who comprise each team are dedicated and faith-filled, with a deep desire to serve within the Catholic Church. N.E.T. is equipped to offer 6 different models of retreats for purposes of enhancing the self-esteem of each individual retreatant through their awareness of God’s unconditional love and acceptance of them; to enhance the faith life of each retreatant leading them to a place of desiring to make a personal faith commitment to Jesus Christ; and, to offer the faith of the team members as a witness that faith in God is desirable, acceptable and exciting. N.E.T. will be in New Orleans between the dates of April 17 - May 1, 2018.

For more information, fees and schedules, contact Cecilia Matherne.

Summer Youth Trip

In years alternating the National Catholic Youth Conference, the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office is pleased to offer a Summer Youth Trip, with destinations rotating each summer. Our past destinations have included San Antonio and Walt Disney World.

Many parishes have indicated their interest in an office-sponsored summer trip.  The main reason voiced has been the challenge for smaller youth groups in filling an entire bus by themselves.  We hope that this service will be helpful to our parish youth groups in the Archdiocese.

This trip is being organized similarly to our office-sponsored trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference.  Teenagers must travel with a parish-chaperoned group within the office-sponsored trip.  We require at least one adult over 21 years old for every 10 teenagers under 18.   Unlike the March for Life trip, we are not accepting registrations by individual teenagers separate from their parish youth group.  The purpose of the summer trip is to enhance and build community within the parish youth groups.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming youth trips.

Leadership Celebration

 

Through this annual event, a prayer service and awards ceremont at St. Louis Cathedral, the Archbishop of New Orleans and our office recognizes the outstanding youth in local parishes. This celebration allows the young church of New Orleans to celebrate its accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to future opportunities to minister together. Adult service awards, for adults involved in youth ministry for five years or more, are also part of this event. Packets are mailed to youth ministers in early spring for nominations.


Ray Mock Memorial Award

Mr. Ray Mock spent most of his adult life working among young people.  As a teacher, coach, official at thousands of athletic contests and as director of the CYO for 27 years, his own dominating interest was the wholesome development of all youth according to their highest Christian principles.

The Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of New Orleans strongly feels two things about Ray Mock and his lifelong dedication of youth.  First, that his contribution to the youth of the Greater New Orleans area was far more than only to members of the Catholic Youth Organization: it was to all youth of the area regardless of race or creed.  Secondly, what he did for these young people should be remembered in some permanent way.  For these reasons the CYO has established the Ray Mock Memorial Award, to be presented annually to the man or woman, regardless of race, creed or color, who has made a significant contribution to the youth of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

1972 - Mr. Ellis P. LaBorde
1973 - Mr. James E. Fitzmorris, Jr.
1974 - Most Rev. Philip M. Hannan
1975 - Mr. John DeFuentes; Mr. Felix Chetta
1976 - Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. Quinn; Rev. Msgr. Arthur T. Screen
1977 - Rev. William M. McCallion
1978 - Mr. & Mrs. John Dalton
1979 - Mrs. Vernon Weiss
1980 - Mr. Eldon Durand
1981 - Mr. William Rappold
1982 - Mrs. Dolores Bertrand
1983 - Miss Florence Kane
1984 - Rev. Msgr. Preston J. Marquette
1985 - Mr. & Mrs. William Schule
1986 - Mr. & Mrs. Louis Champagne
1987 - Mr. William (Bill) Steen
1988 - Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Higgins
1989 - Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Matherne
1990 - Rev. Msgr. Francis G. Boeshans; Rev. Msgr. Gerard W. Poche
1991 - Mr. Wayne Lobell
1992 - Mr. Kenneth Hassinger
1993 - Mr. Terry Manieri
1994 - Mr. Matthew E. Hill
1995 - Mr. Barry Tyler
1996 - Mr. Louis Reed
1997 - Mrs. Audriana Quintana
1998 - Mrs. Nedra Cassard
1999 - Mr. & Mrs. Larry Flad, Jr.
2000 - Mr. Steve Bruno
2001 - Mr. Sid  Zeringue
2002 - Ms Denise Theriot
2003 - Mr. & Mrs. Sal Bertucci
2004 - Ms. Elizabeth Ann Joubert; Mr. Vincent Guider   
2005 - Mrs. Janet Guillory
2006 - Mrs. Jacquelyn Daniels; Mr. Armand Bertin
2007 - Mr. Duong “Frank” Bui; Mrs. Lynn Ekstrom
2008 - Mrs. Marilyn Meyn; Rev. John Arnone
2009 - Mrs. Barbara Link; Mrs. Brenda Bocage   
2010 – Mrs. Cecilia Matherne
2011 – Mrs. Janeen Rodrige
2012 – Ms. Andrea McBride Bocage; Sr. Ann Marie Kim-Khuong, FMSR
2013 – Mr. Remy Jones
2014 - Mr. Floyd Bonneval
2015 - Mrs. Bennetta Cannon Horne; Brother Gerald Meegan, SDB
2016 - Mr. John Smestad, Jr.
2017 - Mrs. Michelle Seghers


St. Timothy Award

The St. Timothy Award is the highest award the Archdiocese of New Orleans can bestow upon a young person. This is a national award which seeks to recognize, from the Diocesan level, outstanding youth who exemplify Christian service, Catholic leadership and good moral standards.  The youth who receive this award are not only outstanding in their church parish, but also in the larger archdiocesan community.  These individuals have displayed high ideals and have grown spiritually while offering their time and talents in the service of the church parish and the community at large.

Those youth from throughout the Archdiocese who merit the St. Timothy Award will receive it at the annual Leadership Celebration. A young person can receive the St. Timothy Award only once. The requirements are as follows:

  • The candidate must be at least in his or her senior year of high school.
  • The upper age limit for this award is 19 years. He or she must be in good standing in the community, in school and in the church parish.
  • He or she must exemplify the threefold purpose of the award - good moral values, Christian service, and Catholic leadership - to a degree to be worthy of Diocesan recognition.
  • He or she has been involved in parish, diocesan, school, and community youth programs or services during his or her high school years.


2016
Hailey Caminita - St. Charles Borromeo
Kaitlin Daily - Holy Name of Jesus
Alex Hassinger - St. Angela Merici
Sarah Hassinger - St. Dominic
Reagan Hightower- Mary,Queen of Peace
Teresa LaCour, St. Clement of Rome
Adam Landrieu - St. Dominic
Les Levy, Jr. - St. Clement of Rome
Dominic Lincole, Our Laddy of Perpetual Help, Belle Chasse
Elden Patrick Newburger, St. Francis Xavier
Ryan O'Rourke - St. Christopher the Martyr
Trenton Pittman - St. Peter, Covington
Olivia Thompson - St. Matthew the Apostle
Joey Troia - Most Holy Trinity

2015
Regina Lowe - St. Angela Merici
Shelby Burkholder - St. Benilde
Asia Satcher - St. Mary of the Angels
Ariel Aguilar - Visitation of Our Lady
Jenna Cambias - St. Matthew the Apostle
Abby Ponthier - St. Andrew the Apostle
Angele Guidrey - St. Martha
Katherine Rose - St. Mary Magdalen
Nicholas Judge - St. Benilde
Mary Grace Kelly - Our Lady of Lourdes, Slidell
Mia Reed-St. Maria Goretti
Alisse Guerra - St. Dominic
Jillian Wohlegemuth - St. Christopher
Dylan Allen - St. Jane de Chantal
Malik Gibson - St. Peter Claver
Abigail Olsen - Our Lady of Perpetual Help, belle Chasse

2014
Noella Balint, St. Pius X
Abbey Hollingsworth, St. Petr, Covington
Caroline Papa - St. John of the Cross
Andrew Benfaatti - St. John of the Cross
Jackson Loup - St. Jane de Chantal
Victoris Sawyer - St. Maria Goretti
Garrett Boyd - Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Belle Chasse
Mason Pearcy - Our Lady of Lourdes, Slidell
Nicholas Tamplain - Ascension of Our Lord, Laplace
Evan Young - Mary Queen of Peace
Megan Henshaw - St. Peter, Covington
Connor Ackerman - Holy Family, Franklinton
Amanda Aubry - St. Raymond/St. Leo
Megan LaCour - Divine Mercy
Patrick LaCour - St. Clement of Rome
Nolan Lambeert, Jr - St. Dominic
Renee Junot - St. Andrew the Aposotle 

2013

Ka'Cell El-Mansura - St. Mary of the Angels

Sarah Chester - Sacred Heart of Jesus, Norco

Jessica Ragas - Most Holy Trinity

Matthew Cheramie - Holy Family, Luling

Joelle Lorenzo - St. Rita, Harahan

Julia Delesdernier - St. Angela Merici

Reuben Hogan - St. Joseph the Worker

Ashley Bran - Holy Guardian Angels Mission

Michael Morton - Ascension of Our Lord

Cydni Ward - St. Joseph the Worker

Gillen Briede - St. Francis Xavier

Roy Messina - St. Andrew the Apostle

Scott Cabes, Jr. - St. Dominic

John Guerra - St. Pius X

Samantha Eshleman - St. Benilde

David Miranda - St. Clement of Rome

Rosemary Jones - St. Maria Goretti

Brad Giacone - Divine Mercy

2012
Bonnie Dupre – Divine Mercy
Katie Drez – St. Angela Merici
Kerstin Augillard,- St. Paul the Apostle
Katherine Hymel,- Holy Family
Reid Frances, St. Peter
Courtney Mesman,- St. Mary Magdalen
Megan Schmidt,- St Charles Borromeo
Lauren Landry – Blessed Sacrament/St. Joan of Arc
Peyton Palermo – St. Dominic
Marissa Ramsey – Divine Mercy
Devin Camese – St. Joseph the Worker
Abbey Hotard – St. Matthew the Apostle
Keeyan David – St. Joseph the Worker
Alex Gasser – St. Dominic
Joshua Bartholomew – Blessed Sacrament/St. Joan of Arc
Elizabeth Steen – St. Angela Merici

2011
Jason Britsch – St. Rita
Jean Dever – Divine Mercy
Nicole Delesdernier – St. Angela Merici
Daniel Gruner – St. Peter, Covington
Madeline Janney – St. Philip Neri
Bradley Jouty – St. Joan of Arc, Laplace
Emily Koehler – St. Edward the Confessor
Emily Laurent – Ascension of Our Lord Clare Messina – St. Andrew
Olivia Naquin – St. Charles Borromeo
Thomas Nash – St. Peter Claver
Peter Newton - St. Luke
Erica Reed – St. Raymond/St. Leo
Jacquelyn Saunee – St. Angela Merici
Nicole Thonn – St. Luke
Lauren Westholz – St. Benilde

2010
Lauren Allen – St. Jane de Chantel
Amelia Benefatti – St. John of the Cross
Helen Bloodworth – St. Joseph the Worker
Christine Carmen – Sacred Heart of Jesus, Norco
Rebecca Dahl – Divine Mercy
Michael Gervais – St. Angela Merici
Ajani Gibson – St. Peter Claver
Glenn Gilyot, Jr. – St. Maria Goretti
Bradley Hollingsworth – St. John of the Cross 
Kyle Houston – St. Peter Claver
Katie Hymel – St. Charles Borromeo
Alexis Moliere – St. Joseph the Worker
Ben Sanchez – St. Joan of Arc
Emma Stieffel – St. Dominic
Molly Strain – St. Dominic
Devon Watts – St. Peter Claver
Ellen Yokum – St. Andrew the Apostle

2009
Travis Caballero - St. Christopher
Sean Bramley – St. Luke
Karlette Sullivan – St. Joseph the Worker
Sydney Smith – St. Dominic
Tyler Loga – St. Andrew
Kelsey Bradbury – St. Mary Magdalen
Madelyn Westholz – St. Benilde
Amanda Bieganowski – St. Benilde 
Alexander Wolff – St. Angela Merici
Bryan Cooper – St. Joseph the Worker
Kaitlyn Loyacano – St. Jane de Chantel
Surgeon Troost – Divine Mercy
Gabrielle Aubry – St. Raymond / St. Leo
Felicia Boucree –St. Peter Claver
Jailin Wells – St. Peter Claver
Julia Quebedeaux – Our Lady of Perpetual Help

2008
Martin Aucoine – St. Matthew the Apostle
Gabrielle Freels – St. Peter Claver
Christopher Heneghan – St. Clement of Rome
Stephen Merritt – St. Andrew the Apostle
Olivia Lynn Bourgeois – St. Martha
Caroline Schulin – St. Dominic  
Jared Rodrigue – St. Charles Borromeo 
Erin Williams – St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great
Justin Perry – St. Catherine of Siena
Joanthan Coote – St. Benilde
Christopher Keys – St. Maria Goretti
Brittany Puyau – St. Cletus
Melissa White – St. Charles Borromeo
Christopher Lazarine- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  
2007
Sarah Denny – St. Benilde
Jonathan Hodge – St. Andrew
Candace Rodriguez – St. Dominic
Daniel Quebedeaux – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Elizabeth Fall – St. Matthew
Alecia Bloodworth – St. Joseph the Worker 
Marcy Champage – St. Clement of Rome
Danzel Square – St. Augustine
Sarah Ault – St. Matthew
Caitlin Switzer – St. Dominic
Lauren Trigo – St. Charles Borromeo
Lauren Scullin – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

2006
Melissa Failla, St. Ann
Kirbye Sullivan, St. Joseph the Worker
Jeffrey Schott, St. Dominic 
Erin Hulin, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Benjamin Key, Our Lady of Divine Providence

FORMER EAGLE OF THE CROSS AWARD WINNERS

2005
Emily Benfatti, St. John of the Cross
Katlyn Patterson, St. Charles Borromeo
Lauren Dubuc, St. Matthew, River Ridge
Sarah Ripple, St. Dominic, New Orleans 
Kimberly Vinci, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Jeremy McMullin, Our Lady of Divine Providence
Stephen Gardebled, Mary Queen of Peace
Christopher Ragus, St. Cletus

2004
Andrew Watley, Blessed Francis Seelos
Ashley Meyn, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Christian Rodriguez, St. Dominic
Beth Palmisano, St. Rita, Harahan
Robert Lazarine, Jr. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Courtney Lambert, St. Dominic 
Donald Jones, Jr. St. Philip the Apostle
Brittany Huguet, Mary Queen of Peace
Jennifer Campbell, St. Francis de Sales
Jared Alfred, St. John of the Cross
Brandi Bradley, St. Charles Borroemo

2003
Jeremy Smith, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, B.C.
Eric Kennedy, Holy Family, Franklinton
Robin Hotard, St. Matthew the Apostle
Brandi Ferrer, Our Lady of Lourdes, Violet 
Tiffani Shuman, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Amy Schulin, St. Dominic
Daniel Green, St. Philip the Apostle
Amanda Thomas, St. Matthew the Apostle

2002
Maggie Frentz, St. Catherine of Siena
Jene Davies, St. Rita, Harahan
Kristen Abbondante, Ascension of Our Lord
Kyle Sanders, St. Edward the Confessor
Rebecca Gibbons, St. Dominic
Brittany Scott, St. Matthew the Apostle 
Claire Pivach, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, B.C.
Paula Ann Henry, St. Joseph the Worker
Adam Schackleton, St. Catherine of Siena
Paul Demma, St. Matthew the Apostle
Jude M. Evans, St. Maria Goretti

2001
Meghan Lobrano, St. Dominic
Nicole Carter, St. Maria Goretti
Travis Clark, St. Mary Magdalen
Elizabeth Brugier, St. Louis King of France
Garrett Fried, Prince of Peace
Shannon O’Flynn, Prince of Peace
Amy Tang, St. Martha 
Jessica Haydel, Mary Queen of Peace
Laura David, St. Anselm
Ryan Torres, St. Charles Borromeo
Timmy McCaffery, Jr. St. Mary Magdalen
Krissy Goldman, St. Andrew the Apostle
Laura Cancienne, Our Lady of the Lake
Matthew Charles, St. Mary Magdalen

2000
Jamie Asher, St. Robert Bellarmine,
Mindy Martin, St. Peter, Reserve,
Rebecca Stansbury, St. Matthew, River Ridge
Bernie DeSantis, St. Catherine of Siena
Kyle Richard, St. Martha
Brett Vanderbrook, Mary Queen of Peace 
Brett Perrier, St. Rita, Harahan,
Sarah Weber, St. Joan of Arc, Laplace
Brittany Brooks, St. Joan of Arc, Laplace,
Rachel McAlister, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kenner
Chris Gross, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kenner

1999
Lynnsey Belsome, St. Charles Borromeo
Jason Brauninger, St. Charles Borromeo
David Frantz, St. Rita, Harahan
Amanda Huling, St. Matthew the Apostle
Philip Landry, Our Lady of Perpetual Help 
Stephen Pivach, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, B.C.
Matthew Tortorich, St. Matthew, River Ridge
Heidi Bergeron, St. Charles Borromeo
Christian Boatwright, Holy Guardian Angels

1998
Toni Flad, Our Lady of the Lake
Amy Palmisano, Holy Guardian Angels 
Edwin Sorina, Jr. St. Maria Goretti
Julie Larkin, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, B.C.

1997
Larry M. Flad, Our Lady of the Lake
Shane Mabry, Holy Guardian Angels 
Karen Perronne, St. Matthew the Apostle
Leonard Zanders, Our Lady of Lourdes, N.O.

1996
Cherie Haydel, St. Rita, Harahan
Jamie Landry, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, B.C. 
Jason Tonglet, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, B.C.
Matthew Sharpe, St. Cletus

FORMER OUTSTANDING YOUTH AWARD RECIPIENTS

1995 – Anthony Behan, St. Edward; Sarah Pivach, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
1994 – Tyrell “Ty” Maneri, St. Cletus; Lydia Gambel, St. Catherine of Siena
1993 - Robert Camenzuli, St. Catherine of Siena; Bridget Foss, St. Catherine of Siena
1992 - Thomas Harold, St. Catherine of Siena; Julie Bourgeois, St. Charles Borromeo
1991 - Jeff Lionnet, St. Catherine of Siena; Melanie Bouquet, St. Matthew the Apostle
1990 - Keith Adams, St. Benilde; Jeanette LeCarpentier, St. Rita
1989 - Lee Hicks, St. Christopher ; Kimberly Adams, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, BC
1988 - Chris Arnone, St. Andrew the Apostle; Jennifer Roberts, St. Andrew the Apostle
1987 - Kevin Drawe, St. Benilde; Melinda McCoy, Resurrection of Our Lord
1986 - Joey O’Connor, St. Christopher; Pamela Doskey, Visitation of Our Lady
1985 - Albert Babin, St. Catherine of Siena; Karen Kittrell, St. Andrew the Apostle
1984 - Eddie Rudiger, St. Christopher; Michelle Duhe, St. Rita, Harahan
1983 - Brian Whelan, St. Andrew the Apostle; Jeanne Vedros, St. Anthony, Gretna
1982 - Garth Hernandez, St. Rosalie; Elizabeth Whelan, St. Andrew the Apostle
1981 - Peter Lloyd, St. Agnes; Debbie Young, St. Clement of Rome
1980 - Charles Ferrara, St. Mary Magdalen; Robin LaGrange, St. Rosalie
1979 - Chris Young, St. Rita; Denise Taulli, St. Mary Magdalen
1978 - John Bertucci, St. Mark; Monika Bordes, Annunciation, Bogalusa
1977 - Steve Klimczak, Annunication, Bogalusa; Pamela Rivers, Holy Guardian Angels
1976 - Mike Trahan, St. Francis de Sales, Houma; Lisa LeCompte, St. Francis de Sales, Houma
1975 - Steve Guidry, St. Francis de Sales, Houma; Yvonne Marie Legrand, Our Lady of the Rosary
1974 - Charles Major, Holy Guardian Angels; Penne Oliver, Annunciata, Houma
1973 - Oral J. Orgeron, St. Rosalie; Regina Cavignac, St. Edward the Confessor
1972 - Burke (Jay) Brooks, St. Raphael; Laverne Woods, St. Raymond
1971 - Steve Heffker, Annunciata, Houma; Sheila Brummet, St. Matthew the Apostle
1970 - Billy Steen, St. Dominic; Jo Ellen Bernard, St. Lawrence
1969 - Kenneth Levine, Resurrection of Our Lord; Melanie Thorn, St. Matthew the Apostle
1968 - Louis J. Develle, III, St. Leo the Great; Pam Babin, St. Joseph, Thibodaux
1967 - Gary Barrilleaux, Immaculate Conception, Marrero; Louise Coon, St. Philip Neri
1966 - Wilbert Adams, St. Catherine of Siena;  Susan Folse, St. Dominic
1965 - Ray J. Barrilleaux, St. Agnes; Mary Myrle Hammer, St. Bernadette, Houma
1964 - Henry John Daries, Jr., St. Catherine of Siena; Linda DiMarzio, St. Dominic
1963 - Gerald Thompson, St. Gabriel the Archangel; Cathy Bucher, St. Andrew the Apostle
1962 - Joseph Barocco, St. Rita, Harahan; Linda Ann Bouregois, Our Lady of the Rosary
1961 – Richie Henry Miron, Incarnate Word; Jean Mary Majoue, St. Leo the Great
 

Matt Hill Award

In an effort to honor Mr. Matthew Hill for his many years of service to the young people of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the CYO/Youth Ministry Office wishes to recognize outstanding young people in his name.

The Matt Hill Award will be given annually by the Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to a young man and a young woman who have excelled in the Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry Athletic Leagues and also exhibited leadership qualities and a desire to serve others. This is much more than simply an athletic award. The young people who will be honored should be well-rounded members of their church parishes who witness for the gospel by their lives. Specific criteria include:

  • The young person should be 17-19 years old.
  • The young person should have been a member of the nominating church parish for at least 3 years.
  • The young person should have been active in the parish’s youth ministry program during those years.
  • The young person should exhibit leadership qualities not only in the parish but in all aspects of his or her life.
  • The young person should be an example of Christian sportsmanship both on and off the playing field.
  • The young person should exhibit a desire to serve others in the name of Jesus.

A parish may nominate one young man and one young woman each year for this award.

2016 - Bryce Barbaro (St. Dominic): Amelia Giorlando (St. Angela Merici)
2015 Chad Nacarri (St. Edward); Molly Sauviac (St. Angela Merici)
2014 Caroline Welker (St. Dominic); Alex Hassingter (St. Angela Merici)
2013 - No recipient
2012 – Matthew Benoie (St. Matthew); Cecilia Genova (St. Angela Merici)
2011 – Sean Donovan (St. Matthew); Julia Delesdernier (St. Angela Merici)
2010 – Gabriel Singleton (St. Rita, Harahan); Courtney Slugher (St. Maria Goretti)
2009 – Nathan Dean (Divine Mercy, Kenner); Nicole Delesdernier (St. Angela Merici, Metairie)
2008 – Elizabeth Bryars (St. Benilde, Metairie); Christopher Keyes (St. Maria Goretti); Thomas Steen (St. Angela Merici)
2007 – Wyatt Esteves (St. Matthew the Apostle, River Ridge) Tyler Loga (St. Andrew the Apostle)
2006 – Ricky Becnel (Our Lady of Perpetual Help, B.C.); Nicholas Shuman (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
2005 – Ben Benedetto (St. Dominic); Lauren Dubuc (St. Matthew)
2004 – Logan Messina (St. Catherine of Siena); Brian Harris (St. Matthew)
2003 – Daniel Hobbs (St. Matthew); Jeremy Smith (Our Lady of Perpetual Help)
2002 – Stephen Dale (St. Mary Magdalen); Donald Midkiff, Jr. (St. Dominic)
2001 – Daren Cressionnie (St. Mary Magdalen); Julie Walker (St. Mary Magdalen)
2000 – Monica Jones (St. Christopher); Trey Picone (St. Matthew the Apostle)
1999 – Philip Landry (Our Lady of Perpetual Help); Michelle Ann Devillier (Our Lady of Perpetual Help)
1998 – Nick Simoneaux (St. Matthew the Apostle); Angela Guggenheimer (St. Matthew the Apostle)
1997 – Sean Landry (Our Lady of Perpetual Help); Dana Devillier (Our Lady of Perpetual Help)
1996 – Vickie Judge (St. Benilde); Jeff Lionnet (St. Catherine of Siena)
1995 – Erica Deitz (St. Charles Borromeo); Paul McCann (St. Catherine of Siena)
1994 – Amy Scott (St. Catherine of Siena); Tommy Canale (St. Christopher)


Blessed Frassati Award

Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in Turin, Italy on April 6, 1901.  As he grew up, Pier Giorgio became involved in lay apostolates and prayer groups including the Marian Sodalaity and the Apostleship of Prayer.  He also obtained permission to received daily Communion (which was rare at that time), and developed a deep spiritual life which he never hesitated to share with his friends.  The Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin were the two poles of his world of prayer.  At the age of 17, in 1918, he joined the error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

St. Vincent de Paul Society and dedicated much of his spare time to serving the sick and the needy, caring for orphans, and assisting the demobilized servicemen returning from World War I. He also joined the Catholic Student Foundation and the organization known as Catholic Action.  What little he did have, Pier Giorgio gave to help the poor, even using his bus fare for charity and then running home to be on time for meals.  His charity did not simply involve giving something to others, but giving completely of himself.  Fondness for the epistles of St. Paul sparked his zeal for fraternal charity, and the fiery sermons of the Renaissance preacher and reformer Girolamo Seavonarola and the writings of St. Catherine impelled him in 1922 to join the Lay Dominicans (Third Order of St. Dominic).  Just before receiving his university degree, Pier Giorgio contracted poliomyelitis, which doctors later speculated he caught from the sick whom he tended.  Neglecting his own health because his grandmother was dying, after six days of terrible suffering Pier Giorgi died at the age of 24 on July 4, 1925.  Pope John Paul II said of him in 1989: "I wanted to pay homage to a young man who was able to witness to Christ with singular effectiveness in this century of ours."

As Blessed Frassati lived as an outstanding witness to the Gospel message as a young adult, the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office inaugurated this annual award to recognize those individuals who have made a significant contribution to Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans through ministries, apostolates, and outreach that bring young adults of this area into a deeper relationship with Christ and involvement with the Church.

2017 - Mr. Johnny Blancher
2016- Abbot Justin Brown
2015- Linzi Conners, Dr. Ansel Augustine
2014 - Rev. Emile "Buddy" Noel, Walter Hernandez
2013 – Rev. Anthony Bozeman, S.S.J., Mr. Nicholas Albares
2012 – Kurt Bindewald, Keely Stockman
2011 – Sr. Renee Daigle, MSC, Rev. John Lyndon, OP
2010 – Michelle Seghers, Tiffany Martin
2009 – Vincent Liberto, Lisa McClain, Lynne Dardis Pesce

N.C.Y.C.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) sponsors two major gatherings: the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) for adults (held in even-numbered years ) and the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) for our youth (held in odd-numbered years.)   NCYC is the largest single gathering of Catholic teens in the United States.  Dioceses from across the country send delegations and youth serving agencies and publishers such as Ave Maria Press, St. Mary’s Press, the Center for Ministry Development, Group Publishing, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Life Teen, Catholic Heart Workcamp, etc. collaborate in the planning and hosting of the convention.  Some 22,000 teenagers attended NCYC 2015!  NCYC is a convention: it includes the experience of larger-church, formation opportunities in various workshops, prayer and liturgy, inspiring keynotes, contemporary Christian musicians, vocation exhibitors, and the opportunity to meet other Catholic teens from around the country.  This year, TobyMac will be the headliner for Thursday night's opening session!  The Archdiocese of New Orleans has always been well-represented; the Archbishops of New Orleans have personally attended in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015.

Attendance at NCYC is coordinated by each U.S. diocese and it will be soon time to start planning for the Archdiocese of New Orleans to participate in NCYC 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  If you have brought your parish/school group in the past, then you know a lot of what to expect at NCYC.  If you have never been, I encourage you to consider joining the archdiocesan delegation for NCYC 2017.  A promotional video is available for viewing/download at www.ncyc.info.  Our office can also provide a DVD of the promo video for your use.  Enclosed is important information to begin your preparations and secure space with us:


• Attend a gathering of some 23,000 Catholic teenagers from around the country
• It only happens once every two years!
• Meet new friends, hear national speakers on topics that matter to teens, attend great workshops, celebrate Eucharist, enjoy fantastic music,
• Travel with 150 other youth from the Archdiocese of New Orleans
• Make memories at a gathering of the “big church” like you’ve never experienced before and see that being young and Catholic is popular, energetic, and filled with hope!
• Go to www.ncyc.info for info, promo video, and theme song

Dates: November 15, 2017 (evening departure) – November 19, 2017 (evening return)

World Youth Day (NOLA)

The CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office and Teen C.R.O.S.S. (the Archdiocesan youth council), invite you and your young people to join us for a wonderful celebration of the young Church in our Archdiocese, World Youth Day New Orleans 2017.

Young Catholics are not just the future of our Church, they are part of the vibrant present, and to that end, gatherings such as World Youth Day are important occasions for them to experience the larger Catholic community beyond their local parishes and high schools. It is our hope that every parish and Catholic high school will have a delegation of young people present on October 22nd.

Some possible audiences to consider bringing include parish youth ministry programs/groups, CCD classes, and Confirmation candidates. High schools might consider campus ministry teams, retreat teams, student council, etc. Please make sponsoring a group from your parish or school a priority. Archbishop Aymond will be with us and looks forward to seeing your parish/school represented.

Our office staff is available to offer any assistance you may need to help make coming to World Youth Day a reality for your youth. Our staff is available to speak by phone, answer e-mailed questions, or meet with you in-person to promote World Youth Day 2017.

Thank you for your commitment to the young people of our Church. Please contact us if you have any questions.


WHO: All 6th -12th graders from across the Archdiocese of New Orleans are invited to attend; groups from parish youth ministry programs, religious education/ Confirmation classes, and schools are very welcome and encouraged! The junior high track is grades 6-7, and the high school track is for grades 8-12. (If you have 8th graders that are part of a junior high level group, contact the CYO Office to make arrangements.)

WHAT: The 32nd Archdiocesan Youth Conference held as part of the annual national celebration of World Youth Day! There will be inspirational speakers, workshops to deepen our faith and learn about teen issues, celebration of the Eucharist with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, praise & worship music, prayer opportunities, exhibitors and much more!

WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Check-in at 8:30 AM; program begins at 9:30 AM; day concludes at 5:00 PM

WHERE: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
Theater, La Nouvelle Ballroom & Meeting Rooms (enter at Hall I)

WHY: To join young people from across the greater New Orleans area in celebrating the young Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans; to gather, affirm, break open, and send forth!

HOW: Carefully review the “preparation guide” and then register your group by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 13, 2017. Credit card payments are accepted on the website or a check may be mailed to the CYO Office. Payments must be complete prior to the conference. This is the ONLY deadline and the cost is $35 per youth. One adult may attend for FREE for every ten paid youth; additional adults can be registered for $35 per person. There is no on-site registration.

Teen C.R.O.S.S.

This  group  functions  as the  Archdiocesan Youth Council and is made up of representatives of parish youth ministry programs and the Catholic high schools. They work to communicate the needs and interests of youth in the Archdiocese, learn valuable leadership skills for ministry and life in general, and assist in planning the local World Youth Day and other youth events.

A packet with the qualifications for joining, and registration details, is sent to all youth ministers and Catholic high schools in the area.  The Teen CROSS Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Brigitte Burke (BburkeThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Purpose/Mission

Teen CROSS exists to:

  • Further develop the gifts and leadership skills of youth
  • Improve communication between schools & parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the CYO/Youth Ministry Office
  • Assist and lead ministry efforts with, and to, the (young) Church of the Archdiocese through planning and implementing archdiocese-wide youth event
  • Represent the ideas and concerns of the young Church to the Archdiocese

Teen CROSS provides different services to the Catholic Youth Ministry Community:

  • Further outreach to Catholic Youth
  • Encourage faith development among young people
  • Respond to youth-at-risk issues
  • Serve the (civic) community (these tasks include involvement in annual events such as World Youth Day, Abbey Youth Fest, Hofinger Conference, and the Youth Revival)

Composition

Teen CROSS is made up of 2 persons (preferably sophomores and juniors in high school) from parishes and Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese.  It is recommended that no one who has been appointed for two years by their parish/school be appointed for a third term. The CYO/Youth Ministry Office may add “at-large” members.

Selection

Adult youth ministry coordinators from parishes and schools recommend (via letter) the young people.  This takes place in early spring (March- April.)  The CYO/Youth Ministry Office also makes selections of "at-large" members during this time.

Qualities/Abilities Sought

  • Person of FAITH; witness to Catholic Christian lifestyle
  • Willing to work (speak their opinion, spend time --during meetings and between meetings--on assigned tasks, communicate progress and problems
  • Leadership ability (planning skills, communication skills, work with groups, responsible/dependable, organized
  • Active in local (parish/school) youth ministry efforts
  • High school student (ideally completing 9th or 10th grade when the term begins in May, but those completing 8th or 11th grades will be considered)

Length of Commitment

Members are asked to serve a one-year term (May to April).  Renewable terms are an option after review with the Teen CROSS member, local adult youth minister and the CYO/Youth Ministry Office.  We discourage nominating anyone who has previously served for two years.

There will be monthly general Teen CROSS meetings each year.  At least one of the general meetings is an overnight retreat.  Additional committee meetings may be necessary.  World Youth Day and Abbey Youth Fest are mandatory commitments.  Members will be asked to sign-up to help at the Hofinger Conference.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a Christian example to youth and adults
  • Remain active in local (parish/school) youth ministry setting
  • Communicate information and needs to/from local setting and CYO/Youth Ministry Office
  • Attend all Teen CROSS meetings
  • Assist with various CYO Youth Ministry events (World Youth Day, Leadership Celebration, etc.)
  • Assist with Teen CROSS goals and projects

Supervision and Support

The CYO/Youth Ministry Office, the Office of Religious Education, and appointed adult mentors give support and supervision.  Final accountability lies with the director of the CYO/Youth Ministry Office.  (Items such as vacancies and removal from Teen CROSS will be handled on an individual basis.

Benefits

  • Opportunity to share faith, ministry, prayer, and friendship with youth from across the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
  • An active voice in youth ministry.
  • On-going leadership development
  • Learn more about youth ministry at archdiocesan, regional, and national levels

Young Adult Ministry

Ministry to and with Catholic young adults, ages 21-35, is another responsibility of the office in coordination with a Young Adult Council consisting of interested men and women; single, married, and religious; from all cultural groups in the Archdiocese.  Programs are offered to build community life, further faith formation, offer service/social justice opportunities, and leadership development.  Some examples include Christ in the City, days of reflection and retreats, and Theology on Tap, a speaker series set in local bars and restaurants and held four times a year for four weeks at a time.

Catholic Young Adult Ministry began as a formal outreach in the United States with the landmark document from the U.S. bishops, Sons and Daughters of the Light. This important blueprint outlines four goals:

  1. Forming disciples of Jesus Christ
  2. Inviting involvement in the faith, work, and mission of the Church
  3. Transforming the world through service and justice
  4. Connecting young adults with a peer community.

In programming within these goals, young adults are encouraged to plan and implement their own ministry opportunities. In other words, young adult ministry is best done by and with young adults.

Visit www.yamarchno.org for more information about Young Adult Ministry.

Black Youth Ministry

In coordination with the Black Catholic Ministries office (www.obcm-no.org), the CYO Office provides services specific to the African-American Catholic experience. The office also periodically sponsors other gatherings for African-American Catholic teens from around the Archdiocese, and for their youth ministers, often in collaboration with the Office of Black Catholic Ministries. Contact Ansel Augustine, Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry at (504) 861-6207, for more information.

Imani Team

This is a youth & young adult leadership team made up of youth from the Black Catholic parishes and high schools in the Archdiocese.

Habari Gani Retreat

Meaning, "what's the news?" this annual leadership retreat brings together traditional African leadersip principles with the vibrancy of the Catholic faith in order to provide formation for young people living and worshipping in an African-American Catholic environment.  Content includes the historical experience of the Black Catholic Church in the United States.  Habari Gani will next be held in April 17-19, 2015.

Annual Youth & Young Adult Revival

This event is an opportunity for all youth, young adults, and all those who are young at heart to come together and praise the Lord in the Black Catholic worship style.  This event usually takes place the 2nd Sunday of Lent at one of our local churches.  This year it will be March 1,2 015 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in New Orleans. 

Lyke Conference (www.lykeconference.com)

National Black Catholic Congress (www.nbccongress.org)

Knights of Peter Claver (www.kofpc.org)