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 training experience is designed for diocesan leaders who have served in diocesan youth and/or young adult ministry or related areas 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 (information will be sent to all registered beforehand).


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


Registration for the 2018 NDDI is NOW FILLED and CLOSED for 2018. Those not able to attend in 2018 should make a note that the 2019 event will be held April 29 - May 2, 2019. Registration will open on this website in mid-January, 2019.

For those already registered, be sure to complete your travel information using the link below after you have made and confirmed your travel arrangements. The second form is for your top 5 strengths from the online StrengthFinders test which all attendees are required to take prior to April 10. If you have already taken StrengthFinders, you can enter your top 5 strengths at any time (you do not need to retake the test unless you want to).


Thanks to generous grants from Saint Mary's Press, McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, Outside Da Box Productions (ODB), Life Teen, 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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