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WYD Krakow 2016

Groups interested in attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland are invited to the Diocesan Administration Building Auditorium for an informational meeting.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
LocationDiocese of Manchester Auditorium, 153 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104

2014-2015 High School Retreats 

The Diocesan Youth Ministry Office has teamed up with Rivier University’s Office of Campus Ministry to offer day-long retreats for high school students in the diocese.

Retreats are designed for 9th and 10th graders.

Rivier students and staff will facilitate the day, which will include a celebration of the Eucharist.


Ocober 5, 2014
November 2, 2014
February 8, 2015
March 22, 2015

Location: Rivier University, Dion Center Reception Room
Time: 9:15 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. program. Lunch will be included.

CLICK HERE to download more information and a registration form.


Celebrate Youth Leadership

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) recognizes youth and adult youth leaders for their involvement in youth ministry efforts in their parish or school. Click on the links below for descriptions of the diocesan awards for youth and adults as well as nomination forms as received from the NFCYM. You are invited to nominate any adult and any youth from your parish or school who exemplifies the qualities outlined in the descriptions. All nominations are due into the Office for Youth Ministry by August 5, 2014. The diocesan Youth Ministry Core Team will review all the nominations.

Please join us as we celebrate youth leadership at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci will offer a prayer service which will be followed by the awards presentation and fellowship.


Engaging a New Generation

Frank Mercadante's presentation based on his book Engaging a New Generation, introduced the core characteristics of the Millennial Generation teens and the pastoral implications, where the operational and ministerial borders are expanding far beyond traditional youth ministry.

Here is what youth ministers from the Diocese of Manchester had to say:

Frank Mercadante's seminar was very informative. It helped me understand what happens to us Catholics as generations go on, and why we have difficulties keeping youth within the faith, and also provided ways to solve these difficulties. It was really a time filled with the Holy Spirit. ~ Deize S., St. Patrick Parish, Milford

This was a very informative seminar. Frank is down to earth and really knows the youth. He obviously has put much time and effort into knowing how these Millennials tick. It is wonderful that he will be speaking to the priests. Youth Ministers work with the youth day-to-day and it is important for priests to stay connected to the youth as well. This seminar will give a greater understanding of where the millennials are at. We all need to be praying for and keep connected to our youth, they are our future. Thank you again so much for this opportunity. ~ Janna A., Parish of the Holy Spirit, Keene 

The presentation was amazing and extremely thought provoking. Frank took us full circle from yesteryear to today's generation and spoke profoundly on their wants, needs and desires then mixed his sense of humor in for a thoroughly enjoyable day! ~ Joanne M., St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Plaistow

Get the Book!

Engaging a New Generation: A Vision for Reaching Catholic Teens
by Frank Mercadante


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Contact Us 

For more information, please contact:
Mary-Anne (Mae) Edwards
Director of Youth, Young Adult and College Campus Ministry
(603) 663-0133

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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