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Offices Parish Life Youth Ministry Blessed Carlo Institute

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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 that includes classes each morning taught by seminary professors, afternoon workshops by ministry experts, off-campus excursions, daily Mass, and more. 

August 9-12, 2022 

Center for Pastoral Leadership, Wickliffe, Ohio

The Blessed Carlo Institute is part of a three-year curriculum, though each summer stands alone and will not be a pre-requisite for the following year. It will be a key component of youth ministry certification from our diocese, and will be available as part of a 1-credit MA course in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. More information on certification and MA credit coming soon. 

Classes in 2022 

  • Bio-ethics 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 Miguel Chavez 
  • Pastoral Counseling: The Art of Listening with Nellie Krawczynski

Cost (including meals and lodging at the seminary):

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


Spots are limited.

On May 1, registration opens to youth ministers employed at a parish in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and campus ministers employed at a Catholic elementary or high school in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

On May 15, registration opens to all others in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, including youth ministry volunteers, Parish Catechetical Leaders, teachers, catechists, and more.

On June 1, registration opens to all others.

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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.

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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