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Blessed Carlo
Institute for Youth Ministers

The Blessed Carlo Institute for Youth Ministers is a four-day, three-night experience of formation hosted at the Center for Pastoral Leadership that includes classes each morning taught by seminary professors, afternoon workshops by ministry experts, off-campus excursions, daily Mass, and more. 

August 8-11, 2023 

Center for Pastoral Leadership, Wickliffe, Ohio

The Blessed Carlo Institute is an annual formation event for youth ministers.  Each summer stands alone and will not be a pre-requisite for the following year. It will likely be a key component of youth ministry certification from our diocese in the future. 

Check out the 2023 details that are finalized - more info coming!  You can also check out the offerings from 2022 below to get a sense for the Blessed Carlo Institute.

Classes in 2023 

  • Scripture with Fr. Mark Ott
  • Patristics with Dr. Andy Staron 
  • Spirituality with Mike Hayes (Ignatian) Fr. Alex Clark (Carmelite), Mother Cecilia (Desert), Br. Mick Joyce (Franciscan)

Workshops in 2023 

  • Pastoral Counseling: Responding to Teens in Crisis with Rachel Spetrino Dollard, MSW, LISW-S 
  • Leadership in Ministry with Miguel Chavez 
  • How to Seek the Lost with Bruce Farley 

Excursions in 2023 

  • XLT
  • Christ the Bridegroom Monastery
  • CLE Scavenger Hunt

Cost (including meals and lodging at the seminary):

  • $400 - for those in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
  • $500 - for those outside the diocese

Registration will open April 1, 2023.

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Develop and deepen relationships with others in ministry, and participate in service and cultural experiences in our diocese.


Pray and worship together with other youth ministers, leaning into the liturgical life of the Church.


Take classes from faculty of St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, and workshops from ministry experts.


Learn practical methods to better minister to the young people and the families in your care.

Classes in 2022 

  • Catholic Moral Teaching and Modern Dilemmas with Fr. Joe Koopman 
  • Liturgy with Fr. Chris Trenta 
  • Philosophy and Contemporary Issues with Dr. Joel Johnson 

Workshops in 2022 

  • Life in the Holy Spirit with Dan DeMatte 
  • Story Telling with Francine Costantini 
  • Pastoral Counseling: The Art of Listening with Nellie Krawczynski

Excursions in 2022 

  • St. Stephen's Byzantine Church
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Ivy's Women's Center

Co-Directors of the Blessed Carlo Institute:

  • Fr. Damian Ference, Vicar for Evangelization and Secretary for Parish Life & Special Ministries
  • Francine Costantini, Director of Youth Ministry

Questions?  Please contact Francine.


Blessed Carlo Acutis,
pray for us!

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