An intensive combination of onsite and online training and support for diocesan youth ministry leaders.

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 directors of youth 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 experience is designed for diocesan leaders who have served in diocesan youth ministry or related area for fewer than three years.


  • The 2018 NDDI will begin on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 1 pm and conclude on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1 pm.
  • In addition to onsite gatherings there are six online formational gatherings held between April - October each year.
  • The initial online gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET


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


Registration for the 2018 NDDI will open by January 15, 2018. Please check back at that time for the link to register.


Thanks to generous grants from Saint Mary's Press, Loyola Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies and the Catholic Youth Foundation USA, 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.

More Information

Download the Information Flyer  (169 KB)

Contact:  Michael Theisen, NFCYM


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