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Greetings and Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our Diocesan Online Certification in Youth Ministry Studies. 


We are pleased to offer this certification in partnership with the University of Dayton and their Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. This certification has been developed with the desire to equip youth ministers with the confidence and capacity they require to adequately accompany young people and their families in their journey of faith. We are excited to engage in this new adventure in adult faith formation, one that will motivate peer led learning and dialogue that will only serve to enhance our praxis of ministry in parishes and schools. 


Please take the time to review all the information on this webpage along with all necessary registration materials.

Header image:

Road to Emmaus, Sally Mae Joseph, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA.

Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

If you have any questions that you would like to discuss, feel free to contact the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry at (905) 528-7988 x 2245 or

  • Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry - A Canadian Context
    A Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry is a five week course introducing students to the vision and principles for developing a comprehensive framework for youth ministry. Students will explore the historical development as well as contemporary models of the Catholic Church's efforts to reach out to young people and their families. Finally, students will be introduced to a leadership system for creating a stable, vibrant, and lasting ministry within their ministry setting.
  • Introduction to Liturgy
    As central to the life of the Christian person, liturgy engages the heart, body and soul in praise, thanks and worship of God as Trinity. In this course, participants will study the ritual and symbolic meaning of liturgy, its structural elements and its importance to Christian worship and life.
  • Faith and Human Development
    This course provides an introduction to the stage theories of human development and spiritual growth. Participants will explore the maturation of human beings from a holistic perspective. The works of Fowler, Erikson, Kohlberg, Gilligan, Piaget and others will provide the foundation for examining the psychological, physical, and spiritual growth over the course of a human's lifetime. Particular attention will also be given to family systems theory to provide the wider context shaping the faith development of human persons. Finally, these theories will be applied to the particular age cohort of the student in effort to promote self-understanding.
  • Relational Ministry with Youth - A Canadian Perspective
    This course provides an introduction to relational ministry with youth. Participants will examine a mindset for relational ministry and its place relative to the Vision of Youth Ministry in the U.S Catholic Church. Specific attention will be given to theological reflection on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ as the staring point for building relationships with youth.
  • Prayer and Worship with Adolescents
    This course will provide an introduction to the theology of prayer and worship, and will explore practical methods and techniques for leading prayer and worship with young people. There will be a special emphasis on the value of a multi-cultural perspective in all opportunities for engaging young people in prayer.
  • Elective of Your Choice
    Please click here for a total list of courses offered.
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