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Youth Ministry

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"What is needed today is a Church which knows how to respond to the expectations of young people. Jesus wants to enter into dialogue with them and, through his body which is the Church, to propose the possibility of a choice which will require a commitment of their lives. As Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus, so the Church must become the traveling companion of young people..."

- Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day 1995, Philippines

Mission Statement:

The Office of Youth Ministry aims at empowering the young Church of today toward personal and communal transformation. In addition, the Office of Youth Ministry provides continual religious education, catechesis, and faith-formation for parish coordinators of youth ministry, Catholic high school campus ministers, and adult leaders through various spiritual, pastoral, and theological endeavors.


Goal 1: Youth Ministry ... it’s about discipleship

The first goal of youth ministry is “to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.” (RTV 9).

Goal 2: Youth Ministry ... it’s about connection

The second goal is “to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.” (RTV 11).

Goal 3: Youth Ministry ... it’s about gifts and growth

The third goal of youth ministry is “to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.” (RTV 15).



Youth Ministry Office
Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, Texas 78589

Angel Barrera, Director
(956) 784-5042

Monica Benitez, Associate Director
(956) 784-5036