The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA expects Catholic Chaplains and Catholic faith communities to refer to Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization: Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, Grades 9-12, and the 1997 US Bishops’ document Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry when developing Catholic youth ministry within their local community. Incorporating the standards and indicators of the Religion Curriculum Guide along with three goals from Renewing the Vision represents key starting points to (1) empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, (2) to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community, and (3) to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
The Archdiocese encourages installations to support a Catholic youth ministry coordinator to develop a team approach toward implementing a comprehensive approach to Catholic youth ministry with youth and families. Based on installation size and location the following represent potential starting points:
A full-time or part-time Catholic youth ministry leader with previous parish experience and a developed understanding of military life.
A Catholic adult volunteer and/or a Catholic adult volunteer core team with the desire to pursue youth ministry training.
A Catholic youth ministry contract developed in collaboration with the local Catholic Chaplain(s).
The Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, Grades 9-12 provides standards and indicators that are to be interwoven into all outreach with young people. This includes high school catechesis, Catholic youth ministry gatherings, service projects, small faith groups, family gatherings, as well as inter-generational initiatives in Chapel settings. Each year has a designated list of topics that are to be covered at each installation in the above-mentioned settings.
Additional planning resources include the Groundbreaking and Developing a Youth Ministry Team. Find more input in the Youth Ministry Resources section to include seven modules on faith and reason.
Key implementation resources include:
- Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization: Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, Grades 9-12 (see pages 11-14 in the guide for a list of topics for each year)
- Groundbreaking: 10 Steps to Start Catholic Youth Ministry in the Military
- Developing a Military Youth Ministry Team