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Diocesan Youth Leadership Contacts:


John Pratt:

Director of Youth Ministry
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend




Kelly Coyle:


Diocesan Youth Leadership

"Let your life change the world"

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Diocesan Youth Leadership is a unique leadership, formation, and pastoral training opportunity for young people in 10th-12th grade. Diocesan Youth Leadership will have representatives from our Catholic high schools and parishes to advocate for the needs of our young people. Members of Diocesan Youth Leadership will also play crucial roles in spreading the joy of the gospel through advocating youth events, joyful discipleship, and heartfelt evangelization in their local communities.


Diocesan Youth Leadership Team Requirements



  • Ability to attend all/almost all formation and planning meetings (see list below).

  • Ability to attend at least one of two diocesan events for 2021 (See bolded events below).

  • Willingness to arrive early and stay after events to help with set up and clean up.

  • Commitment to good communication: read and respond to all emails and group messages as they are sent, and let the adult leaders know if you have a conflict with a meeting as soon as you learn about it.


1. Tuesday, July 28 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)

2. Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (online)

3. Thursday, August 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (online)

4. Sunday, September 13, 10:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (if we cannot hold in person, we will have an abbreviated online meeting)


5. Friday, September 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Set up for Diocesan Confirmation Retreat (EVENT CANCELLED)

6. Saturday, September 19, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Diocesan Confirmation Retreat (EVENT CANCELLED)


7. Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (online)

8. Saturday, November 14, 10:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (in-person, hopefully, in Warsaw)

9. Thursday, December 10, 7:00 –8:30 p.m. (online)

10. Sunday, January 10, 2021, 10:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (in-person, hopefully, in Warsaw)


11.  Thursday—Sunday, Jan. 28-31, 2021 March for Life Pilgrimage


12. Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. (online)


13. 3:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 12 - 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 Diocesan WYD at Bishop Dwenger High School


14. Thursday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m. (online)

 15. Thursday June 10, 2021 End of Year Celebration: (in-person, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. )


  • Willingness to work with others and complete any tasks assigned to you by your team.

  • Commitment to living as a life in accord with the teachings of the Church and as a role model for one’s peers.

How to Get Involved:

Pastors, Chaplains, and Youth Ministers: Read the Letter to YM and share the application form with those who you would like to nominate to apply for Diocesan Youth Leadership. 


Youth: should fill out a Diocesan Youth Leadership Application Form after being nominated by their school or parish. 

Application Window: May 22 - August 3, 2020