The Diocese of Victoria understands the needs of young people are unique and must be supported by the entire Catholic community, with the goal of actively involving and empowering youth and young adults within our local parish communities, the Diocese, and beyond.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, we want to assist our youth and young adults in cultivating a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ within the Church and to help find ways to strengthen that relationship so that when faced with the trials and challenges that the world may present them, our young people will have a solid foundation with which to endure and thrive in faith, hope and charity.

Youth and Young Adult ministry programs are offered at individual parishes in our Diocese. The Office of Faith Formation and Evangelization is here to support to assist pastors, youth and young adult coordinators with current programs and to help cultivate new and exciting programs throughout our Diocese. We are here to advocate and be a source of encouragement and inspiration for the youth and young adults of our Diocese. Young people today face many challenges and we need to do all that we can to support them on their faith journey.

Guiding Principles of Youth and Young Adult Ministry:

Youth Ministry:

  • To call the Catholic faith community to continually renew its affective and effective option for young people.
  • To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
  • To invite and empower young people to live as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  • To draw young people to participate responsibly in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.

Source: "You Give Them Something to Eat", CCCB, 2016

Young Adult Ministry:

  • To connect young adults with Jesus Christ
  • To connect young adults with the Church
  • To connect young adults with the mission of the Church in the world
  • To connect young adults with a peer community

Source: "Sons and Daughters of the Light", USCCB, 1997

Catholic Chaplain

Fr. Dean Henderson

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria's University Catholic Chaplaincy provides a lively, faithful community for Catholics at the University of Victoria and Camosun College. Working closely with the evangelization efforts of Catholic Christian Outreach mission staff and the student leadership of the Catholic Student Association, the Chaplain provides prayer and faith study groups, spiritual direction and vocational discernment, retreat programs, catechetical opportunities with weekly shared meals, Sacramental preparation and pastoral counselling.  Weekday Masses and opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are offered at the UVic Interfaith Chapel; Sunday Campus Masses are hosted at Holy Cross Church on Gordon Head Road.

This ministry fosters spiritually supportive friendships and the experience of a caring community among students, faculty and staff. The Chaplaincy website includes links to the UVic/Camosun Catholic Students Association, provides information about the services of the Catholic Chaplaincy, and gives up-to-date information about Catholic social and educational activities on campus, connections to local and international volunteer opportunities, and online Catholic resources. 

Contact Fr. Dean:

Email: catholic@uvic.ca
Phone: (250) 882-2151

Events & Groups for Youth and Young Adults

The Diocese of Victoria offers opportunities for retreats and fellowship for youth and young adults. Click on the links below to learn more.

Camp Homewood

b - CopyThis annual retreat for youth in grades 7 – 12, held the first weekend of February at Camp Homewood on Quadra Island, began in 2000.  Youth from across the Diocese of Victoria and from Powell River gather for Prayer, Praise, Adoration, Fellowship and to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.  The weekend is organized by a committee from St. Patrick’s Parish, Campbell River and Holy Family/Notre Dame Parish, Port Alberni.  Youth are led by various retreat teams, most recently FacetoFace Ministries from Saskatchewan and camp activities like horseback riding, sailing, archery and more are led by the volunteer staff of Camp Homewood.  For more info contact Terri-Ann Wynans 250-731-7134 wynans@shaw.ca or Bonni Roset 250-203-1518 broset@telus.net.


Diocesan Youth Conference

The Diocesan Youth Conference is the premier youth ministry event on Vancouver Island. This weekend is full of amazing music, powerful and inspiring talks, great friendships, and a lot of fun activities like a dance party, giant slip-and-slide, soccer game, and more. 

Check us out on Instagram @vicdyc, or get in touch with us at teamdyc@gmail.com . We can't wait to see you at DYC!

Lifeteen

Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30 PM (except long weekends)

Your faith is not meant to be lived by yourself. It is meant to be lived in relationship with Jesus, and with friends. 

At St. Andrew's Cathedral, we provide a space and time when you can experience Jesus, learn about him, and become friends with other people your age who also want to have this relationship with God. We hope that through our events, the relationships you form with our team members and friends, and personal encounters with Jesus, that you will become a lifelong disciple. 

We host Lifeteen every Sunday (except long weekends) in the basement of the Cathedral (access off View Street) from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

For more information, visit our Instagram @standrewsyouthmin , email us at standrewsymc@gmail.com, or call/text Nathaniel at (250) 731-8405.


Young Adult Group at St. Andrew's Cathedral

Sundays, 6 – 9 PM

Are you a young adult looking for fellowship? We invite you to join the Young Adult Group at St. Andrew's Cathedral! We meet Sundays from 6-9pm in Seghers Hall, in the basement of the Cathedral. We start with a potluck meal, followed by a practical presentation focusing on various aspects of our faith. We conclude with a time of prayer together in the Church.

For further information contact Anastasia Pearse and Natalia Zapotoczny at yagvictoria@gmail.com.