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Youth Faith Formation

The Department of Youth Faith Formation encompasses children’s and adolescent faith formation, and youth ministry. Collaboratively, we work with parishes and parish leaders to support young people and their families from baptism to 12th grade. We desire children, youth and parents to encounter Christ and grow in their Catholic faith. The Department provides training, resources, consultation, networking and events.

+Sr. Kevin John Shields, OP

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sr. Kevin John Shields, OP.  Sr. Kevin John served in the Archdiocese of New York for over 50 years, sharing her passionate love for Christ and the Church with children, youth, and adults. She has mentor countless Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education and fostered youth ministry in the upper counties. She was a wonderful teacher, an amazing mentor, a great friend, and an incredible role model of faith and commitment. Sr. Kevin John was a long-time team member of the Catechetical Office and was ministering as part of the Department of Youth Faith Formation up until her passing.  See the obituary on the Sisters of St. Dominic website.

DYFF Ministry Formation Calendar

Online Formation / Formacion en línea

Calendar of Upcoming Events

News You Can Use

Crisis Management Form

Forms and Documents

New York Catholic Youth Day

Middle School Youth Rally

Children’s Faith Formation

● Early Childhood Faith Formation
● Faith Formation for Levels 1-5 (Religious Education)
● Formation for Sacraments (Baptism, First Penance, First Communion)
● Family Faith Formation
● Special Needs Ministry
● Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education

Adolescent Formation / Youth Ministry

Comprehensive Youth Ministry

  • Middle School Faith Formation
  • High School Faith Formation

Formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation