What is Youth Ministry?

Youth Ministry is the response of the Christian Community to the needs of the young people and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community. (Renewing the Vision; A framework for Catholic Youth Ministry 1997 by the USCCB)

The Goals of Youth Ministry are:

  • EMPOWERMENT - To help young people live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
  • PARTICIPATION - To invite youth to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community
  • GROWTH - To encourage the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person

At St. Benedict Parish we seek to achieve these goals in a variety of ways including service, community building and prayer

Service~ St. Benedict Youth ministry offers regular service opportunities for the young people of our parish. We serve because it is our positive response to our call to be disciples of Jesus.  We serve in a variety of ways with the hope to create a more just world. Whether we serve in our community or throughout our world, through action or advocacy, we serve because we are followers of Christ.

Community Building~ As we build community we build confidence and empower young people to turn their faith into action. Community building aides in confidence when we find like -minded people who we can grow in faith with.

Prayer~ through experiences of prayer with our community of faith and individually, we grow in our spiritual relationship with God.   "God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” ~ Mother Teresa


Ms. Kim McMillan is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Benedict Parish. She can be reached via email or 773-588-6484

Kim started at St. Benedict Parish in 2016 but has been sharing her faith with young people for over 20 years. She believes strongly that effective youth ministry engages young people in the practices of faith. Youth Ministry is about reaching out to form relationships with the young people in the community and advocating for their ability to use their unique gifts within the community.