The Office of Youth Evangelization and Discipleship exists in response to the Archbishop's pastoral care and concern for all of the 404,649 youth in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, that the youth might, through our Office, be brought into abiding communion with Jesus Christ.
VIA, which means “by way of,” is the way that the Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship pursues its vision. It is the fruit of lived experience amongst youth ministers who desire to grow in the interior life, in faithfully living out their vocation, and in giving their lives for the youth entrusted to them. VIA serves to invite youth to enter into communion with Christ by fostering disciple-making youth ministry in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
We seek the face of Christ in the life of the Catholic Church, and bear witness -- inviting youth to join on the Way.
Prayer - Aware of our deep need for conversion and with faith in the God who speaks, we listen to the word of the Lord that we might be guided by Him.
Communion - We find in Acts 2:42 a description of life lived in the Catholic Church: "They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers"
Testimony - We communicate the Gospel through the beauty of personal witness.
Accompaniment - We invite youth to share in life with us as we seek the Lord and His will for our lives that makes us more ourselves.