-You must between 21 and 30 years of age

-You Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with a desire to grow in your faith, and a passion for youth ministry
-You must be willing and able to live and pray in community with other adults
-You must be a college graduate with an earned bachelor's degree

-You must be willing to commit to a 3-year program of formation, education, and parish leadership

-You must have excellent leadership and time-management skills
-You must be friendly, outgoing, and comfortable talking with teens and people you don’t know both in person and on the phone.

-You must pass a criminal background check and comply with parish/diocesan safe environment policies.


Youth Missionaries live in community with other youth missionaries. They follow a daily routine of prayer and formation, and each missionary is assigned to a parish as a youth minister. Missionaries are also expected to spend time each week studying as they earn their master's degree in Theology. In addition, missionaries are required to follow appropriate behavioral expectations, and participate in a two-week training and orientation period, as well as two silent retreats throughout the year (one week-long, and one weekend).


Youth Missionaries are expected to work up to 50 hours per week as well as following maintaining a daily prayer life and formation program. These hours include
    -Parish work such as:
           - Organizing and leading the parish youth group and other youth activities
           - Organizing and leading youth retreats
           - Evangelization in the parish and in diocesan and public schools
           - Summer service trips
           - Office Hours
    -Working in diocesan schools as a substitute teacher
    -Working Saturday night Bingo (a primary source of fundraising for Thomas Cross Missions).
    -Follow a structured routine of daily, communal prayer and participate in a weekly 2-hour formation meeting once per week.



All Youth Missionaries will:
     -Receive a full tuition and books scholarship for a Master's Degree in Theology from Saint Joseph's College of Maine              
     -Earn three years of parish and Catholic school work experience in youth ministry and evangelization.
     -Be provided with all living expenses including housing, a vehicle (including gas and car insurance), a cell-phone, monthly 

       groceries/household goods, healthcare via Kentucky medicaid and a $100 personal stipend. 
     -Gain experience in leadership, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and time management.
     -Receive monthly spiritual direction and enjoy a communal prayer life.