Young Disciples Missions
The Young Disciples is an apostolate of Catholic young adults who travel from town to town to evangelize and catechize in rural communities and reservations through summer vacation Bible schools and teen retreats. The Young Disciples Teams seek to challenge youth to love Jesus Christ and to embrace the life of His Church.
For 10 weeks in the summer, the Young Disciples Teams conduct week-long day camps for grades K–6 and evening teen missions for rural parishes and reservations. Parishes may also ask teams to conduct family activities and participate in other community affairs. Daily Mass and Reconciliation are a part of every camp. The teams also proclaim the Gospel through small groups, prayer, music, drama, games, and crafts. Participants are given the opportunity to say "yes" to Jesus in their daily lives.
Applicants should desire to witness to elementary age students (although there will be some family, adult, and teen ministry). Similar to other Catholic internships, we need men and women who love Jesus and His Church, are between ages 18-30, and are available for 10 weeks, 6 p.m. on May 15-July 30, 2019. Team members will be on break from June 29 to 3 p.m. July 5.
Established in summer 2001, young adults have come from 31 different states and the countries of Portugal, England, Ireland, and Slovakia. They have conducted hundreds of day camps, teen missions and family nights, reaching thousands of people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Team members often continue their apostolic work by being catechists, teachers in Catholic schools, campus ministers, youth ministers, DREs, and parents. Some also pursue religious vocations or the priesthood. Each team member will receive a $1,500 stipend upon completion of the apostolate. On top of that, team members can raise sponsorship funds.
Theme for 2019 Camps
The theme for summer 2019 camps is Time Travel Adventure. The students will learn about the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.
Apply to serve as a Young Disciples Missionary
You may send us an email to request a packet of information about the Young Disciples Apostolate, and also for an application. Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number in your email so that we can get back to you right away! The application is also available on-line. (See link below.) Application deadline: March 31 or until teams are filled. We will begin the interview process as soon as we receive your application, even if is prior to March 29, so please apply early.
Applicants from outside of the United States will need to have valid employment authorization to participate in this apostolate.
Request a Young Disciples Camp at Your Parish
To learn more about hosting a Young Disciples Camp, please read the
Young Disciples Parish Contact Manual.
To invite Young Disciples to your parish, send an email to youngdisciples(at)fargodiocese(dot)org, or call (701) 356-7908 and ask for Ashley Grunhovd. Be sure to include your name, the name of your parish, and your telephone number.
Support a Missionary
If you would like to make a donation to support a Young Disciples Missionary or the Young Disciples Apostolate in general, please do so here. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
If you would like additional information or if you have questions about the Young Disciples Apostolate, please email Ashley or call her at (701) 356-7908.