Diocesan Youth Council
The VISION for the DYC is centered on section #47 of Pope John Paul II’s Post Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in America. In this document, Blessed John Paul II stated the, "young people are a great force in society and for evangelization" and that the "formation process for young people must be constant and active, capable of helping them find their place in the Church and in the world." The Holy Father further reminded us that all "young Christians, trained to have a mature missionary consciousness, must become apostles to their contemporaries."
The mission and purpose of the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) is to gather high school youth, representing each of the Diocese of Pittsburgh's regional vicariates and districts, Catholic High Schools, and special ministries, for formation in discipleship, preparation for the apostolate, and an informed discussion and consultation with the diocesan bishop and his pastoral staff.
A one (1) year renewable term is open to high school sophomores and juniors for no more than two (2) years total.
Vicariates - minimum of four (4)/maximum of five (5) representatives from each vicariate.
Catholic Schools - one (1) representative from each Catholic High School.
Scouting - two (2) representatives, one (1) each for Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts.
CYM Sports - two (2) representatives, one (1) each for male and female athletes.
"Today too there is a need for disciples of Christ who give events unstintingly of their time and energy to serve the Gospel. There is a need for young people who will allow God’s love to burn within them and who will respond generously to his urgent call, just as many young blesseds and saints did in the past and also in more recent times. In particular, I assure you that the Spirit of Jesus today is inviting you young people to be bearers of the good news of Jesus to your contemporaries.”
Pope Benedict XVI World Youth Day, 2007