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Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation Classes

The Adult Faith Formation office is happy to share that this upcoming Winter trimester we will be holding a total of 6 New York Catholic Bible School classes (including 2 new ones opening this January 2024). Please find the promotional flyer for the new classes attached. The Pastoral Institute Fr. Felix Varela, will be running in 4 different locations this Winter. Flyer attached for more information.


Health Care Chaplaincy Apostolate

ArchCare’s Chaplaincy Apostolate supports Catholic health care chaplaincy at all hospitals and many nursing homes throughout the Archdiocese. For help in accessing hospitals or arranging spiritual care for a patient, contact John Schultz, Director Health Care Chaplaincy Apostolate at 646-942-0640 or [email protected].

Parish Integration

  • Assistance with bringing health care resources (e.g., health screenings, home care, community programs) to your parish based on parish/neighborhood need.
  • Resources for parish-based volunteers to serve the homebound and other isolated parishioners.
  • Help with bolstering current parish ministries such as a food pantry, services to new immigrants, and outreach to the elderly and marginalized.
  • Contact Michael Guglielmo, Director of Parish Integration for additional information; [email protected] or 646-229-7413.

Office of Family Life

National Marriage Week (February 7-14, 2024)

Please help us promote this important week by including this information in the parish bulletin, on social media, and from the pulpit.

Second Annual Bilingual Family Life Conference

Office of Respect Life

9 Days for Life
January 16 – 24, 2024

9 Days for Life is the USCCB’s annual novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Visit to access the resources and to receive the daily prayers via email or text message.

Gospel of Life Week
January 22 – 26, 2024

Students at Archdiocesan schools will learn about topics that uphold the dignity of the human person. The Gospel of Life Curriculum includes creative, engaging, and free resources about the life issues for every age level. It is designed for teachers, DREs, and Catechists and can be accessed on the Respect Life Office website.

Walking with Moms in Need

Walking with Moms in Need is a nationwide, parish-based initiative to increase support for pregnant and parenting mothers in need. It works to ensure that any woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, or parenting in difficult circumstances, can turn to her local Catholic Church and be connected with the resources she needs. Visit for more information and resources.

Office of Youth Faith Formation

Your Parish’s Ministry with Children and Youth

Pope Francis calls young people the “now” of the Church. They bring hope, energy, and passion, as well as the promise of the Church for the future. Growing your parish’s ministry to children, youth, and their families can not only change their lives but impact the vitality of your parish. If you are interested in starting, growing, or re-vitalizing your parish religious education and/or youth ministry, please contact Ela Milewska ([email protected]).

Catholic Youth Leaders of the Archdiocese (CYLA) Leadership Forum

January 27, 2024
St. Mary, Grand Street, Manhattan

Our next CYLA Youth Leadership Forum will be held on Saturday, January 27th at St. Mary’s on Grand St. in Manhattan. These gatherings are designed to bring young leaders together for community, formation, and give young leaders an opportunity to use their gifts for the larger Church of the Archdiocese of New York. The Forums are designed as stand-alone gatherings so that youth may attend the ones that will work for their location and schedule. Youth should be recommended by a pastor or parish ministry leader (D/CRE or Youth Ministry Coordinator most frequently) and may attend as part of a small parish group (up to 4 youth) or as an individual. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Christina Davis ([email protected]) for additional information and to learn more about how to recommend or bring youth to this gathering.

Formation for Catechists and Youth Ministry Teams

Formation for Level 1 and Level 2 for catechists and youth ministry team members is free through the Department of Youth Faith Formation. Every month, at least six courses are offered online and in person, in English and Spanish, across the archdiocese. Click here to learn more.

Here are our offerings for January 2024:

  • January 3, 2024 – The Call to Ministry (L1), Wurtsboro
  • January 6, 2024 – Methodology (L1), Staten Island
  • January 8, 2024 – Celebración de los Sacramentos (L1), Zoom
  • January 10, 2024 – La Profesión de Fe (L1), Zoom
  • January 11, 2024 – Life in Christ (L1), Manhattan
  • January 11, 2024 – Celebration of the Sacraments (L1), Bronx
  • January 13, 2024 – Metodologia (L1), Manhattan

New York Catholic Youth Days 2024

High School Day: April 27, 2024
Middle School Day: April 28, 2024
St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY

Join us in celebrating the 11th annual NY Catholic Youth Day for High School (8-12th grade) youth on Saturday, April 27th, and the 2nd annual Middle School Day (6-8th grade) on Sunday, April 28th! Posters and postcards are available from the Department of Youth Faith Formation by reaching out to your Regional Specialist. More information can be found on our new website at The theme for 2024 is Revealed and is based on John 14:6-7, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’” These days count toward the day of prayer or retreat for youth preparing for Confirmation. If you need assistance with arranging transportation or logistics, please contact [email protected].

St. Joseph’s Seminary