Office of Youth Ministry
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Avenue, 12th Floor | New York, NY 10022
Regarding the Resumption of In-Person
Religious Education and Youth Ministry
People have asked whether April 20th is a firm date for the resumption of in-person religious education and youth ministry. This initial date was set in light of information we had at that time. Unfortunately, as of today no specific date can be assigned for when we believe in-person religious education and youth ministry can resume in our parishes. Please know that the staff of Department of Youth Faith Formation (Catechetical and Youth Ministry) are here to help you through this time. Please let us know if you need any assistance.
For more information regarding our diocesan response you can review the Faith Forward Returning to Public Worship: Executive Summary webpage.
The Department of Youth Faith Formation will continue sending out tools to parishes to help families share faith at home, including a weekly PDF that can be forwarded to parents and guardians.
Current Event Resources
These past few weeks have been challenging for us as a nation and as a Church. As an office, we denounce the sin of racism in all of its forms, and we continue to support all of those who work arduously to cultivate a culture of inclusivity in our ministries and communities. “Racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts.” Open Wide Our Hearts, a Pastoral Letter against Racism.
We encourage you to keep listening, learning, and praying. The following links will provide you with excellent resources to help you continue to build a culture of listening, understanding and inclusion in your ministry, and to continue to combat the evil of racism. We will continue updating as we encounter more resources. Please let us know if we can support you and your ministry in any way.
Commission of Religious Leaders Statement on the Death of George Floyd
Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-83.cfm
Open Wide our Hearts Webinar Series: How to Apply “Open Wide Our Hearts: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism” in a Ministry Context.
Combatting Racism – Educational Resources
USCCB Intercultural Competencies
Since we are living constantly changing landscape, we invite you to access our COVID-19 support resources to support your ministry by clicking below:
COVID-19 Support Resources:
For Youth Ministers
For Parents & Families:
Bi-lingual Family Faith Resources Click the Link Below:
Resources for Youth:
Upcoming Youth Events and Formation Opportunities
Youth Ministry: How do we get started
NYCYD 2019 – Highlight Reel
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Office of Youth Ministry
1011 First Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Cynthia Psencik, Director
Phone: (646) 794-2853
Daniel Genn, Associate Director
Phone: (646) 794-2852
Stephen Eguino, Northern Regional Coordinator (North of Yonkers)
Phone: (646) 221-8492
Christopher Rivera, Southern Regional Coordinator (South of Yonkers)
Phone: (646) 221-8856
Giselle Roldan – Administrative Assistant
Phone: (646) 794-2692