NDDI is an intensive combination of onsite and online training and support
for new diocesan youth ministry leaders, offered annually.

The NDDI Class of 2018

The NDDI Class of 2018

Program Goals

As part of its mission to educate, train, and support diocesan leadership, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry sponsors an annual institute for new diocesan leaders in youth and young adult ministry. NDDI programming includes introduction to national Catholic church resources, training in management skills, insight into personal spiritual development, as well as ongoing visioning and planning.

Who Can Attend?

This training experience is designed for any diocesan leaders who have served in diocesan youth and/or young adult ministry or related areas for fewer than three years.


The 2019 event will be held April 29 - May 2, 2019 at Washington Retreat House in DC. It is now filled.

Registration for 2019 is Closed

The 2019 New Diocesan Directors Institute (NDDI) is now filled and not accepting any new registrations. The next NDDI will be held April 27-30, 2020 at the Washington Retreat House. Registration will open in mid-January, 2020. 

For those already registered for 2019, please use the Travel button to inform us of your travel arrangements, and StrengthFinders Inventory once they have completed. This must be submitted before April 1st.


Washington Retreat House
4000 Harewood Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20017


Thanks to generous grants from Saint Mary's Press, McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, Outside Da Box Productions (ODB), Life Teen, Institute of Pastoral Studies: Loyola University Chicago, and NFCYM all program expenses, including lodging and most meals, are covered for participants. Participants are responsible for their transportation to/from Washington, D.C., plus any meals before or after the official start of the program.

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