The Derry Youth Community (DYC) team members live and work together for 10 months, September to June, ministering to young people in schools and parishes within the Derry Diocese.
The Inspiration for DYC
The vocation of the community is service, inspired by Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
The Derry Diocesan Youth Community aims to answer the call of Vatican II when it says:
The young should become the first apostles of the young, in direct contact with them, exercising the apostolate by themselves among themselves, taking account of their social environment.
The community is inspired by what Pope Benedict XVI said in St Peter’s Square on 24th April 2005:
Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.
Developing a Relationship with God
DYC are dedicated young people who partake in daily community prayer and strive to develop their relationship with God during the course of their time living in community. With Christ at the centre of their lives, the team are equipped to go out and share the message of Jesus with other young people.
Throughout the year the team have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications, and undergo ongoing training which will not only aid them in their ministry, but will also enrich their own personal faith and prayer life.
Members of the community are expected to commit themselves to:
- Initial and ongoing formation
- Growing in their relationship with God through community and private prayer
- The challenge of the Gospel in their personal life
- Giving the community and the work their best efforts
Spiritual direction will be available for members of the community. The core members will refrain from romantic involvement from the time that they are residential members of the community. An evaluation system will enable the community and its members to grow and develop.
The team gain life skills and experiences, as they are living away from home in a community setting. The community live in a house in the centre of Derry and each team member receives accommodation, full board and a monthly allowance throughout their time with DYC.