The mission of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.



New Diocesan Directors Institute

April 27-30, 2020
Washington Retreat House, Washington DC

The New Diocesan Directors Institute is an intensive combination of onsite and online training and support for new diocesan youth ministry leaders, offered annually.

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 The 2020 NDDI is now filled.
If you wish to be placed on the waiting list for 2020, please send an e-mail to Michael Theisen ([email protected]) with your request. Future NDDI events are listed below. Registrations open in mid-January each year and are filled on a first come, fist served basis.

  • April 26-29, 2021 at Washington Retreat House
  • April 25-28, 2022 at Washington Retreat House

Those who already have confirmed registrations for the 2020 NDDI event, please use the two links below after you’ve obtained your travel information and Top 5 Strengths from taking the StrengthsFinder Inventory.

Should you have any questions or need to set up a Memberclicks account, please contact Mayra Carpena.

Program Goals

NDDI is an annual four-day institute sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and offered for new diocesan leaders involved in youth and young adult ministry. Designed for professionals who’ve served in diocesan youth ministry for less than three years, programming includes:

  • Introduction to national Catholic Church resources
  • Training in management and resourcing skills
  • Insight into personal spiritual development
  • Ongoing visioning and planning


Thanks to generous grants from 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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