Updates from the Diocese of Austin Office of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry.

FEBRUARY 3, 2021


DCYC 2021

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us last weekend for DCYC! 

From our incredible speakers and powerful moments of prayer to our unconventional venue, DCYC 2021 is one we won't soon forget! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who made the conference possible this year, especially to those of you who joined us both in person and via the livestream!


Protocols for First and Second Quarter 2021 Confirmations:

A letters were sent to parish pastors regarding details for confirmations scheduled during the first and second quarters of 2021. Parish Confirmation Coordinators were Cc’d on the letter. For your information, those letters may be found at the following links in English and Spanish. The referenced Temporary Protocols for Confirmation may be found below as well.
Letter to Pastors Regarding First Quarter Confirmations (Engilsh)
Letter to Pastors Regarding First Quarter Confirmations (Spanish)
Letter to Pastors Regarding Second Quarter Confirmations (English)
Letter to Pastors Regarding Second Quarter Confirmations (Spanish)
Memo to Pastors Regarding Temporary Liturgical Protocols for Confirmation


Linked below is an update from Emily Hurlimann in the Office of Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) regarding the Called to Protect Youth Program. Please take a moment to read her letter as well as the included parent letter. 

If you have any questions regarding EIM please feel free to reach out to Emily by email or at (512) 949-2447.
Letter from Emily Hurlimann to Youth Ministers Regarding CTPY
Letter to Parents Regarding CTPY


In an effort to get to know the youth ministry leaders of our diocese, and continue developing our outreach to parishes, we have established parish visits to meet personally with our youth leaders. Parish visits help us understand your needs, challenges and successes as a youth minister within your unique parish setting. Due to COVID-19, we are not able to meet in-person at this time, however, we are happy to meet with you via a video call!  

If you would like to schedule a youth ministry related visit, please contact Jennifer Kodysz

If you would like to schedule a Pastoral Juvenil related visit, please contact Yazmin Mani.

If you would like to schedule a young adult ministry related visit, please contact Elizabeth Lagoe.  


The National Advisory Team for Ministry with Young Adults will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 25 at 1 p.m. The webinar is entitled Young Adult Ministry 101 and is a great place to start if your parish is considering beginning a ministry with young adults. Please also feel free to reach out to Elizabeth Lagoe in our office with any young adult ministry related questions!

You can find more information and register for this webinar here


The National Catholic Committee on Scouting is again offering $20,000 in scholarships through the Emmett J Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship. This past year has been challenging for everyone, including those involved in Catholic Scouting. You may be wondering, especially this year, “Do I make a difference?” The answer is a resounding, “YES”! Many scholarship applicants have mentioned how Catholic Scouting has made an impact on their lives and we want to share some thoughts from one of the Doerr Scholarship recipients…
“The Ad Altare Dei program involved my faith in Boy Scouts and taught me a way to live my life devoted to honoring God while growing up doing all the things that boys love. My Ad Altare Dei mentor, Maria Talamo, was the most influential person in my Catholic faith formation and encouraged me by showing me where both the church and BSA program promotes scouts to be morally straight and reverent. Receiving the sacrament of Confirmation and becoming closer to the Church will always be part of my path to Eagle. I have accomplished great things in my scouting, my school, and my community as a Scout. I live my life in service to others, with a passion for disability advocacy and inclusion.”  - Brent Schaefer, Diocese of Austin
You have another opportunity to make a difference in a young Scout’s life by encouraging those that meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the Emmett J Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship. Seven scholarships are being awarded again this year, with $5,000 for first-place, $4,000 for second-place, $3,000 for third, plus four additional $2,000 scholarships. We are looking for service oriented Catholic Scouts, who are high school seniors, received the Ad Altare Dei, Light is Life (Eastern Rite) or Pope Pius XII award, and earned the Eagle Scout, Summit or Quartermaster Award. For complete eligibility requirements and applications go to the NCCS Website at . Due to the unusual circumstances of this past year, we have extended the deadline to March 31st, 2021.


On Tuesday, February 9 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. St. William in Round Rock will be hosting Matt Fradd for a presentation entitled, "Parenting in the Internet Generation." You can join the event virtually through their parish's Vimeo or WATCH page. 

In this presentation, Matt Fradd offers parents a detailed look at the way pornography harms us and offers practical strategies that parents need to implement if they are to protect their children from the lies of an over-sexualized culture. This event is free and open to all adults.


Eagle’s Wings Retreat Center (EWRC) will host a one-day Confirmation retreat on Saturday, February 20. This retreat will be facilitated by the STRONG Retreat Team from the University Catholic Center. Covid safety protocols will be followed throughout the retreat. Cost of registration is $50. Registration is now open on the EWRC website linked here


The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) will be hosting a series of webinars referencing the document Christus Vivit. Their next webinar will be held on March 26 at 7 p.m. and features Pricilla Garza, a FOCUS missionary, and Fr. Rafael Capo from the Archdiocese of Miami.

For more information or to register visit the NFCYM's website linked here
Your YYACM Staff:

Tressi Breecher, Administrative Assistant (512) 949-2464
Yazmin Mani, Coordinator of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (512) 949-2466
Elizabeth Lagoe, Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry (512) 949-2468
Jennifer Kodysz, Associate Director (512) 949-2467
Alison Tate, Director (512) 949-2465

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