High School-Middle School Ministry

The Diocese of Lansing Office of High School and Middle School Ministry supports and strengthens those who evangelize and accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ as missionary disciples.

The Diocese of Lansing Office of High School and Middle School Ministry commits to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people by: forming, equipping, and supporting pastoral leaders in their ministry to young people and their families, modeling and fostering a ministry of accompaniment among young people of all cultures, languages, socioeconomic and geographic realities, partnering with pastors and parents and equipping families of young people as they witness to Jesus Christ in their daily lives.

Youth Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

In October of 2018, a group of bishops will gather in Rome for a synod to discuss how the Catholic Church can better serve & accompany young people.

Pope Francis has asked that young people across the world be surveyed to discover how their needs and desires are being met by the Catholic Church. Locally, in the Diocese of Lansing, we surveyed over 750 young people between the ages of 16-29 and summarized the responses in the document below. 

Our desire is to that you read these summaries of our local young people and hear what they are saying about their faith journeys and the Church.  From this learning, we hope as a diocese, to discern how to better engage our youth and young adults in the life of the Church and accompany them on their journey of discipleship.

We also have a link to the Pre-Synodal Meeting that was held in Rome containing the voices of young adults from around the world.  



This year DYLC will take place June 16-21, 2019

Description: The Diocesan Youth Leadership Camp or for short DYLC, is a weeklong leadership camp in which parishes send their teens with the most potential for leadership development. For over 30 years the Diocese of Lansing has trained over 3,000 teens to be leaders not only in their youth groups or parishes, but in their communities. They are trained to be missionary disciples both in the present and in the future. DYLC, rooted in prayer, has sessions focused on small group development, listening, communication, affirmation, small group dynamics, small group facilitation, planning group events, Trust, the Vision of Ministry, and Servanthood. Throughout the week there is daily Mass, Reconciliation and adoration. Through these sessions and components they are rooted in Christ with the effort of having them being the branches and bring others to Him. Small discipleship groups are a huge component of this week. Every session and most prayers provide a small group experience. DYLC takes place at St. Francis Retreat Center in Dewitt, MI. A team of people work October thru June in preparation for the week, preparing session content, prayer, and team building exercises. The group consists of 14 teens and 18 adults. There are between 80 and 100 participants each year. Applications will be available in late Winter/Early Spring. 


High School Youth Conference

On Sunday, November 4th we will hold our annual High School Youth Conference: "Who Do You Say That I Am?" Mt. 16:15

This year's event features Mark Hart, Taylor Tripodi, Andrew Laubacher (Alob), Mass with Bishop Boyea and breakout sessions with Fr. Brian Lenz, Sr. Sarah Burdick, St. Paul Street Evangelization and Fr. Mathias Thelen.

More details and registration information can be found at www.lansingyouth.com

Below are some highlights from last year. 

Bishop Boyea Celebrating Mass
Some of the Unashamed teen team sharing their testimonies of being unashamed of the gospel.
Close to 40 teens who came forward declaring their openness to discerning religious life being prayed over.


Teen Questions of Faith

This collection of teen questions and responses are intended for coordinators of youth ministry and other adult leaders ministering with teens. The compilation of the questions was the work of the teen members of the Diocesan Youth Advisory Committee . Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) references and scriptural references make up the primary content of the answers in order to insure that the answers are fully the true teaching of the Church. The idea for this project developed from concerns expressed by the members of the committee.

Pastoral response to pornography

The introduction to the youth section of the Pastoral Response to Pornography begins:

“Despite age laws on the access of pornography, teenagers are frequently and profoundly exposed to the materials. Some will be linked to Internet websites by extraneous search results or pop-up windows. Others will be exposed through film, television, or print media. What may begin as idle curiosity can quickly become a deeper problem of addiction.”

The section then begins by addressing the various issues of teens and pornography. Introductory comments and insights will begin each section. Download this file for the full youth section filled with strategies and resources for ministry with young adults from the column to the right. 

Other Useful Chastity Related Links for Ministering to Teens

Fr. Mike Schmitz on Battling Pornography


Peer to Peer Ministry

A ministry designed to increase social opportunities for and friendships with children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs which impact socialization skills.

Guidelines for permission form use

Three primary axes to consider whether we need permission slips.

Transportation: Are we providing/arranging/coordinating transportation? Are our people traveling together as a group? and is the travel itself part of the venture?

The event being treated as part of our program: Is the event being treated as an element of our own program? For our people, does attendance at the event take the place of a normally scheduled class or session? and are our people required/expected to attend?

Our own involvement in the event: Is our staff involved in the event? Are some of the presenters, coordinators, performers, speakers, etc., coming from us? Did we help organize or present the event?

Summary: We need permission slips if we are driving people to an event that we are incorporating into our curriculum with our staff being involved in the production of the event. We do not need permission slips if we are not providing transportation, are neutral about whether people choose to attend, and are not involved in the production of the event. We look to those three scales to figure out whether we have made this event ours; or whether it is someone else's event we are mentioning to our people, who are free to attend or not, as they see fit.