We help ministry leaders to become missionary leaders, who in turn work to foster a culture of mission within each parish. Dallas is a big diocese, and the only feasible way to impact the thousands of youth and young adults throughout the diocese is to follow the example of The Way. The master plan for evangelization crafted by Jesus Christ himself was to foster disciples—those who would carry on the efficacy of the God-Man’s legacy—who would in turn cultivate the growth of more disciples.
Intrinsic to every human being’s core need is the person of Jesus Christ. True missionaries never stop witnessing to that need and the joy that abounds from knowing the person from whom the need exists. Further, the witness of a missionary is always offered through the lens of the culture and charism of the community served. Every decision made or project initiated by the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries, no matter its size or impact, is done through the lens of this mission—to make missionaries.
We seek to transmit this message based upon three pillars:
Missionaries are confident in the foundational understanding that a disciple-maker is first and foremost a disciple. Jesus Christ cares more about each person’s individual heart above what he or she might be able to achieve for the kingdom (Luke 10:20). A missionary seeks to be a reservoir of God’s abundant grace, sharing only in excess from the overflow, rather than a channel reserving nothing for oneself. The spirituality of the ministry leader and the ability to articulate a language of spiritual multiplication are bedrock principles for the development of a missional leader.
Intellectual curiosity and audacious creativity are the marked characteristics of a healthy, thriving ministry environment, and are crucial to developing parish cultures that are willing to go beyond conventional ministry boundaries. Methodologies and frameworks are initiated based upon these two characteristics, and then constructed through the lens of each parish’s unique identity and charism. A missionary minister recognizes that the end goal of every dream, initiative, event, and relationship is the fostering of another disciple, and further that every disciple is empowered to become a disciple maker. Disciples beget disciples and, only through an evangelical Catholicism inspired dynamic orthodoxy, will vibrant disciples truly be animated.
The potential for any ministry to thrive is harnessed and unleashed through the systems that support it. No parish will flourish without the vested interest of its parishioners, and further no ministry leader without a team to support him or her. The professional acumen of a missionary leader begins with the recognition that he or she was designed to lead—that the Lord has anointed, through the movement of the Holy Spirit, a specific time and place for a given leader to serve. Grounded in that confidence, each missionary leader is charged then to operate with excellency. One should always seek to hone one’s skills, forge evermore effective missionary disciples on every team one leads, and constantly seek to elevate and leverage one’s circle of influence to lead more souls to the kingdom.
Who We Serve
The Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries supports the mission of the Bishop to teach, govern, and sanctify the faithful in the Diocese of Dallas.
Our office primarily serves ministry leaders who have been empowered by their Pastor/Director with the role to coordinate ministry with middle school-aged, high school-aged, college-aged, and young adult individuals within their entity. Ministry Leaders may be full-time, part-time, or volunteer.
Ministry Leaders have access to our monthly eGram communications and are encouraged to participate in our Workplace by Facebook group.
Secondarily to ministry leaders, our office serves Ministry Team Volunteers, as well as direct constituents (middle school-aged, high school-aged, college-aged, and young adult individuals). Ministry Team Volunteers support ministry within their entity by following the leadership of their Ministry Leader.
Ministry Team Volunteers receive communication from the OYYACM through their Ministry Leaders.
Charged with visioning, articulating, and executing a creative, strategic ministry plan for the fostering of disciples in parishes and high school and college campuses.
Anne E. Keough is serving as Interim Director until this position is filled, as well as continuing her Content Development role.
Content Development Oversight: The creative lead in the continuing mission of comprehensive youth, young adult, and campus ministries. Serves as the design agent for various ministry gatherings, events, and initiatives including DCYC. Contact me for Confirmation preparation questions.
Collaborates with the other department staff in managing the continuing mission of strategic ministry development throughout the diocese (parish and school campuses). Leads in the consultative work with parishes to assist in creating a plan for developing comprehensive, sustainable, and culturally responsive parish ministry.
As a part of the Strategic Ministry Development Team, collaborates with the other department staff in managing the continuing mission of strategic ministry development throughout the diocese (parish and school campuses). Participates in the consultative work with parishes to assist in creating a plan for developing comprehensive, sustainable, and culturally responsive parish ministry.
Helps to cultivate an active community of Hispanic young adults as a part of a fun and exciting team at the forefront of innovation in ministry for the Diocese of Dallas. Coordinates faith formation opportunities for Hispanic young adults who are primarily Spanish-speaking.
Supports the Associate Director of Content Development in planning and execution of the Dallas Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) including speaker and volunteer management, purchasing, and overseeing the many details. All DCYC questions can start here.
Performs operational functions internal to OYYACM; responsible for maintaining major OYYACM communications channels, namely: OYYACM website, eGram, and Workplace; handles registration for OYYACM events