Trainings, Workshops and Councils 

Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Gatherings

The gatherings are designed to provide support, guidance, prayer, professional growth, camaraderie and morale for those in youth ministry and faith formation in the diocese. Meetings offer opportunities for members to plan special events such as the youth rallies, Castaway, Vacation Bible School (VBS) and other retreats. Typically, these gatherings are held once a monthly during the school year. The location of meetings rotates through hosting parishes. Please check out the events page for the upcoming meeting dates.


Annual Fall Information Letter (PDF) 

Schedule (PDF)

Diocesan Youth Council

Diocesan Youth Council

Back left to right: Jenny Kaweesa, Matthew Mayer, Samantha Schlotfeld, Jack Polejewski, Katey Gertsema, Katelyn Vouk, Scott Frieler,  Jason Prigge. Front left to right:  Katie Felix, Katie Schmitz, Kayla Kulzer, Kandra Schmitz.  DYC 2019-2020.

The Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) is made up of Youth in grades 9-12 from a variety of parishes from across the diocese. These youth meet 5-6 times annually. The DYC help plan and assist in the implementation of siocesan aponsored youth ministry events. These events are primarily, but not exclusive to, the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference and the Middle School Youth Rally.

2021-22 DYC Application (DOC)
2021-22 DYC Application (PDF)



Diocesan Education Council

The Diocesan Education Council (DEC) is made up of staff from the office of Catholic Education Ministries along with parish ministers from around the diocese.  The role of this council is to advise Catholic Education Ministries on upcoming events and concerns.

For more information about the DEC, please contact David Fremo.


In the Ministry of the WordIn The Ministry of The Word

In the Ministry of the Word is a catechist formation program sponsored through Catholic Education Ministries. Each two-hour session focuses upon a different aspect of basic formation that helps the catechist become more effective and confident in their ministry of catechesis. This formal, structured, sequential training process is available free of charge to any parish in the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Upon completion of all 16 sessions, the catechist will receive a certificate.

View the progam information in the Lay Ministry Formation area.

Center for Ministry Development

The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program is a ministry education program for adults in ministry with youth in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools, and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth. Catholic Education Ministries partners with parishes in this training and scholarships are available to assist with the expenses. Undergraduate credits through Saint John’s University may also be earned.

Offerings of CMD Classes will be re-assessed in the year ahead based on need for training. For the nearest training locations and classes please visit: