Diocesan Youth Council

Youth Office Contact

Director of Youth Ministry
Maureen Quinn
573-635-9127, ext. 233

Administrative Assistant
Mary Madelyn Mertes
573-635-9127, ext. 228

Moderator of Youth and
Young Adult Ministry
Fr. Joseph Luzindana


Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center

2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914

Introducing our Diocesan Youth Council

On February 16th, 2024, Bishop McKnight signed the statues establishing a Diocesan Youth Council.

The vision for the Diocesan Youth Council is based off Christus Vivit, allowing for a place for young voices to be heard while also equipping the young people to be disciples in our Church.


Qualifications to Serve on the Council

A person must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church
  • Received all the sacraments of initiation and be an active steward of the parish
  • Must be outstanding in firm faith, good morals, and prudence
  • High school student at the time of their application and can commit to at least 1 term (2 years)
  • (preferred) Active or previous leadership experience in their parish and/or institution


Expectations of Members

A member of the council is required to commit to the following:

  • Attend quarterly meetings in person at the chancery building in Jefferson City. Meetings are always on Saturdays
    • The first Diocesan Youth Council meeting will be May 11 from 9am-2:30pm. This will include a morning of recollection
  • Attend a yearly leadership retreat with the Diocesan Youth Council
  • Participate in leadership opportunities at a minimum of one diocesan youth gathering (i.e. diocesan youth rally, NCYC, summer camps, Totus Tuus, Confirmation Retreat)
Those Of Us Who Are No Longer Young Need To Find Ways Of Keeping Close To The Voices And Concerns Of Young People. Drawing Together Creates The Conditions For The Church To Become A Place Of Dialo

Application Information

Application Opens: February 17, 2024

Application Due: April 5, 2024

Application decisions will be announced by April 19, 2024