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Youth Evangelization and Discipleship Contact:

Brad Bursa
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100 E. Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2193
Phone: (513) 421-3131
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Youth/Campus Minister – Catechist Certification

In an attempt to better streamline certification opportunities offered by the Archdiocese, the Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship will now be partnering directly with the Vocare platform and the Office for Evangelization and Discipleship to provide accessible and ongoing formation opportunities for Youth/Campus Ministers. Effective on July 1, 2018, the Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship will no longer offer Youth Ministry Certification.

The National Directory for Catechesis (54.B.6-7) specifies the catechetical roles that both Youth and Campus Ministers play at their respective locales. Due to this catechetical function, and due to the value of ongoing formation, we would like to encourage all Youth Ministers and Campus Ministers in the Archdiocese to engage in the Vocare formation platform. The Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship is actively working to develop a catechetical certification track specifically designed for Youth and Campus Ministers via the online content available on Vocare. We believe this transition will simplify certification processes, ensure high-quality formation, and bring tremendous ease transferring credentials in circumstances where one’s role changes (e.g. a youth minister takes on a different parish catechetical role, a campus minister steps into a full-time teaching role). Vocare will also aid in providing accessible formation materials for youth/campus ministry volunteers who are interested in seeking catechist certification.


Additionally, the Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship is happy to announce that its new 242 formation program will satisfy the Vocare requirements for “active” catechist certification status during the two years in which a Youth or Campus Minister participates in the 242 program. 242 is an intensive, discipleship-based formation program that utilizes a cohort model in walking with, forming, and growing small communities of Youth/Campus Ministers for two years.


To summarize, the Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship is inviting and encouraging all Youth and Campus Ministers to seek “active” catechist certification status through Vocare as of July 1, 2018. Certification is based on 10 annual credits in Vocare during each fiscal year running from July 1-June 30. For Youth and Campus Ministers, this “active” status can be achieved in the following ways:


Registering on Vocare is a simple process that begins with completing THIS FORM


You can learn more about certification through Vocare by watching THIS SHORT VIDEO.