Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry invites you to join Bishop
Grosz for a celebration of the gifts teens and adults bring to youth
ministry across our diocese! This year, we honor Rev. Jerome Kopec, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul, Williamsville, with the Venerable Nelson Baker Award for his dedication to youth ministry.
Awards recognize people for the good work that they do!
Awards can help the parish pay attention to what is happening in youth ministry
Awards are a tangible reminder of the commitment that an individual has made to their faith community!
Awards help people to feel good about their abilities, stay motivated in their faith, and maintain their desire to excel!
Who Should I Nominate?
Youth Ministry Awards Banquet is an opportunity to recognize teens and
adult for their contributions to the life of your parish community.
Consider honoring core team members, peer ministers, catechists,
coaches, scout leaders, or other volunteers in your parish. This is an
opportunity to celebrate the faith, love, and dedication of all those
who work to build God's kingdom!
The Discipleship Awards will
be presented to young people (current high school students) who are
enthusiastic supporters of their parish's ministry with youth.
The Companions on the Journey Awards will
be presented to adults who are active with and support their parish's
ministry with young people in youth groups, religious education,
scouting and countless other ministries.
Award Nomination Process
Every parish may choose one young person and one adult (or married
couple) to receive special recognition from the Department of Youth and
Young Adult Ministry. This event is a celebration of youth ministry and
provides parishes the platform to publicly recognize the gifts of young
people and the adults who guide them in their faith journey.
Nominations may be submitted online or by mail. If you are submitting
your nomination online, please be sure that you have the approval of
the pastor and youth minister BEFORE beginning the form.
Award Nomination Criteria
Online Award Nomination Form
PDF Nomination Form
The awards presented are one-time-only awards. If you would like to
check to see if the individuals you would like to recognize have already
received the awards, please contact Diane Ruminski.
Join us for the celebration!
The Youth Ministry Award Banquet is an opportunity to celebrate the good
work in your parish and share in the joy of other parishes! Pastors, parish, youth ministers, DREs, teens, family members, and others from your parish community are invited and encouraged to attend!
Youth Ministry Awards Banquet Reservation Form
Youth Ministry Celebration
there is a "Good News" story from your parish or a particular young
person to be shared as a way of showcasing the gifts and spirit of
youth, please contact us at 716-847-8789.