Annual Events

Faith Formation Day

October 12, 2013

Every year, in October, the Office of Christian Formation hosts Catechetical Ministry Day, this year at Bishop John Snyder High School. The day starts off with a keynote speaker, and then the morning breakout session begins. An afternoon session follows lunch, and the day is closed with a special prayer by the Bishop. The 2013 Faith Formation Day is sponsored by RCL Benziger, and this year's theme is Open the Door of Faith. Our keynote speaker will be Daniel S. Mulhall. You can learn more about him in our Faith Formation Day Brochure.

Scout Retreat

December 6-7, 2013

Our theme for the Scout Retreat this year is Treasured Mysteries. This retreat will take place at Camp Echockotee in Orange Park. There is an option to spend the night camping on December 6th, but it is not required to participate in the full day retreat on the 7th. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire, Ventures, and American Heritage Girls from grades 1-12 can participate in activities such as the Ten Commandment Hike, Rosary Making, and Geo Caching. Scouts can participate in several other age appropriate activities throughout the day, and the Scout Chaplains, Fr. Boddie and Fr. Murphy, will celebrate Mass in the evening. Parents and non-scouting siblings are also welcome to attend. Registration forms are available on the Youth Ministry page under Scouts.


November 21-23, 2013

The National Catholic Youth Conference is the largest single gathering of Catholic youth in the United States. NCYC 2013 will be held in Indianapolis.

Teens who attend will be Called to Glory at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis in November 2013. These diocesan youth and their parish leaders will experience the love of Jesus in shared experiences with new friends at workshops and presentations designed to support the faith life of teens. Booths staffed by religious orders of men and women; sellers of religious music, clothing, and jewelry; Catholic colleges and publishers, and refreshment vendors will attract interested and polite high-schoolers from all over the country.

Dressed in a rainbow of diocesan t-shirts and crazy hats youth may participate in a Eucharistic procession. They will rock to upbeat liturgical and religious music performed under laser shows with the very best of sound and light technology. They will participate enthusiastically at Eucharistic celebrations, where smiling and hand-clapping bishops and priests of every age process in and out singing vibrant songs of praise along with them and with the bands.

These teens will also be attentive to speakers with topics as diverse as abstinence, saints, substance abuse, peer pressure, modesty, bullying, sacred spaces, family faith, the Bible, justice and peace, and "eracism." They will respect the speakers and performers as well as their own parish leaders and each other. They have the opportunity to trade hats and shirts and all kinds of doodads brought from their home dioceses. The whole city will be impressed with the behavior of the 22,000 plus Catholic youth all over the city. Youth are encouraged to save between $1 and $5 to put in the collection plate at the closing liturgy.

Youth Rallies

February 8-9, 2014

The Diocesan Youth Rallies for High School and Middle School students will be held at Bishop John J. Snyder High School on Saturday and St. Francis High School on Sunday. Check-in begins at 11:00 AM and the Rally is from 12:00 - 6:00 PM. High school and middle school youth will attend the same keynote sessions, but have age specific break out sessions to attend. Youth may register through their parish youth minister or the campus minister at their school.
This year's theme is still to be determined. Youth will have the oportunity to participate in activities and listen to presentations led by Chris Padgett. Between Chris' presentations, youth will attended age appropriate breakout sessions, which range in topic from dealing with bullies to finding their vocation. Chris' presentations will be told in his unique style of blending the spoken word with Christian music. For more information on this event, visit our Youth Ministry page and download the flyer under Policies and Forms.

Theology on Tap

Various dates throughout the year

This program is sponsored by the Diocese of St. Augustine Youth & Young Adult Ministry office to give young adults 21 and over access to dynamic speakers who lead discussions on important issues faced by young adults today. This program began in Chicago in 1981, and is designed to help young adults grow in the Catholic Faith. It has since expanded nationwide. Married or single, all are invited and encouraged to bring friends and colleagues.

Normally held on Tuesdays we have expanded the series to take place on various Tuesdays throughout the year. We will host sessions in the St. Augustine area at A1A Ale works and in Jacksonville at the Mudville Grille. Speakers and topics will be posted on our Young Adults page.

MFP Annual Retreat

March 21 - 22, 2014

Every year, the MFP participants, partake in the annual retreat at Marywood Retreat Center. The retreat is also open to their spouses, MFP graduates, faculty, and Emmaus Companions. This year's retreat leader and topic are still to be determined.