Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Derry Youth Community:
Yes. Four weeks in- depth training is provided at the commencement of the working year. This training includes faith formation, communication skills, familiarisation tours of the diocese, team building activities, training in Guided Mediation, lectio divina, story- telling and ice breaking skills etc. Faith formation training is also provided throughout the year.
The community leadership provides spiritual directors for all House community members.
The DYC is not a rehabilitation centre providing specialist care or therapy but ten months in the community house is often a very healing experience. Counselling may be available at the suggestion of your spiritual director-but this may need to be in your free time as your daily life can be full.
The community was founded and is still led by Fr Paul Farren administrator of St Eugene’s Cathedral and director of Derry Catechetical centre and supported by a leadership committee.
If, after prayer and reflection, you have decided to give a year of your life to serving the faith needs of other young people, submit an application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who feel called to community living and Youth Ministry the minimum age to join is 18 and usually, but not always, the maximum age is around 25.
Yes. Community life commences during the last week of August and finishes in the last week of June.
Yes. Members have one day off each week. Members also have structured breaks in October, December, February and Easter.
No. All utility bills (Food, accommodation and heat are provided free of charge) and a stipend is provided to members on a monthly basis.
A typical day begins with Morning Prayer at 7.30am followed by mass at 8am in the local parish after which the community have breakfast together at 8.30am. Work begins at 9.30am which consists of preparatory work for retreats; visiting primary schools to deliver faith-based programmes; visit post-primary schools to deliver age appropriate faith-based programmes; visit primary and post-primary schools to deliver retreats and workshops. Members will also assist with the delivery of sacramental talks to parents and children in the evening. The members take lunch and dinner together and pray together before bed time.
You can apply any time during the year before the year you wish to serve. For example, if you wish to begin with us in August 2016, then apply now.