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Adult Faith Formation

New York Catholic Bible School

This upcoming January we will be opening two new online classes for our New York Catholic Bible School. Please spread the word.


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

Longest Married Couple in the Archdiocese of New York

With National Marriage Week approaching, the Office of Family Life is beginning its annual search for the Longest Married Couple in the Archdiocese of New York! To honor long-standing marriages that exemplify the goodness of the Sacrament of Marriage, we are conducting a search for couples living in the Archdiocese who have been sacramentally married for 65 years or more.

Safe Haven Sunday—Covenant Eyes

Office of Respect Life

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 DREs and Catechists and can be accessed on the Respect Life Office website.

Walking with Moms in Need

If you haven’t done so yet, Respect Life Month is a great time to launch Walking with Moms in Need at your parish. The Respect Life Office is happy to help!

Office of Youth Faith Formation

Advent Resources

Advent will be upon us soon. We have curated a great variety of resources for children, youth, and families. Attached is also an easy-to-copy Advent calendar with readings from the day.

New York Catholic Youth Days 2024

NY Catholic Youth Days will be held April 27th for High School Youth and April 28th for Middle School Youth. Posters and registration packets will be available for the Department of Youth Faith Formation Regional Staff in December with Registration opening in January. We expect 3,000 youth in attendance between both days as we break open the theme of “Revealed” based on John 14:6-7. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27th by His Eminence Cardinal Dolan and on Sunday, April 28th by Bishop Espaillat. Our speakers on both days include Sr. Elfie del Rosario, Joe Melendrez, and Bishop Joseph Espaillat.

This is a great opportunity for the young people of the archdiocese to come together to encounter Christ in the sacraments, eucharistic adoration, speakers, and celebrate their faith as the young Church. These days may also be counted as a retreat for those preparing for Confirmation.

Many volunteers are needed to help make this day a success, volunteers may register online. We also need priests both days to assist with the sacrament of reconciliation, and your presence is also a gift and witness to the many young people present, please contact chri[email protected] if you are available either or both days.

Baptism Ministry Assembly

The Department of Youth Faith Formation invites all priests, deacons, pastoral associates, baptismal formation coordinators and teams, and faith formation leaders (anyone who works with families preparing for the baptism of infants and young children) to our first Baptism Ministry Assembly.

The Assembly will provide the opportunity to focus on the evangelization of parents and families, how parishes prepare families for the Celebration of the Sacrament, the formation of baptismal preparation teams, and how the parish can continue to accompany families after the Sacramental Celebration.

The Assembly will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Aquinas Center at Blessed Sacrament Parish in New Rochelle.

Click here for more information or to register, or contact Joe Long, Director of Children’s Faith Formation by phone 646-794-2849 or email [email protected].

Formation for Catechists and Youth Ministry Teams

Formation for Catechists and Youth Ministers is ongoing throughout the year! The courses are free of charge, meeting either via Zoom or in-person, in English and Spanish. Below are the upcoming courses for December and January:


  • “La Oracion y la Espiritualidad” (in person at Good Shepherd Church/Manhattan) – Dec. 2, 9, and 16


  • “The Call of Ministry (in person at St. Joseph’s Church/Wurstboro) – Jan. 3, 10, and 17
  • “Celebracion de los Sacramentos” (via Zoom) – Jan 8, 15, 22, and 29
  • “La Profesión de Fe” (via Zoom) – Jan 10, 17, 24, and 31
  • “Life in Christ” (in person at St. Monica-St. Elizabeth of Hungary-St. Stephen of Hungary Church / Manhattan) – Jan 11, 18, 25, and Feb. 1
  • “Metodologia” (in person at Good Shepherd Church /Manhattan) – Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, and 10.

Advanced enrollment is required through our online portal ArchNYLAB. Create an account if you do not have one, or log in if you do at or contact Ms. Bertha Peralta-Rodriguez, Director of Ministry Formation (bertha.rodriguez@