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Apply for the 2014-2015 Diocesan Youth Board!


YOU are the Essential Piece!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Diocesan Youth Board.  This leadership opportunity for high school youth helps them grow in faith, develop their personal leadership skills, work as a team, and plan large-scale diocesan events including the annual Youth Convention!  Applicants must have completed one year of high school and CLI (or will be completing CLI in 2014).

Applications are due on April 30th, 2014

Parent and Candidate Meeting for all Candidates and their Parents will be held at the Catholic Center on May 6th, 2014.  Details will follow.

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CLI is Coming!


The 34th Christian Leadership Institute will be held from June 27-July 3, 2014 at the St. Columban Center in Derby, NY.  This popular event for high school teens full of learning, personal growth, and prayer has impacted over 1,900 young people in it's long history.  Be part of the legacy! 

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Our Mission

The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry serves those who connect youth and young adults with Jesus Christ, each other, the Church and its mission.  We provide resources, training, formation and programs for ministry with younger and older adolescents and young adults. We help parishes and other faith communities develop comprehensive approaches to these ministries. We support church leadership in engaging faith communities as they respond to the needs and include the gifts of youth and young adults.

Upcoming Events

World Youth Day 2016...Will YOU answer the call?



Major Initiatives

World Youth Day 2016: Krakow, Poland

July 22 - August 2, 2016

Join the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Bishop Richard Malone, and your Buffalo brothers and sisters for a 12-day life-changing journey of faith that will include worshipping with the Holy Father and millions of youth/young adults from around the world at WYD in Krakow, Poland!  Do you have the courage to say YES to this once in a lifetime pilgrimage experience?

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Strong Catholic Families:  Strong Catholic Youth

Partnering with Parents to Bring Home the Faith!

This initiative helps church leaders identify the new vision, models, roles and relationships required to bring about the change that is necessary to strengthen the Catholic faith of the next generations of believers.