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Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
— 1 Timothy 4:12

Active Catholic Teens

 Group photo at the North Carolina summer mission trip

Group photo at the North Carolina summer mission trip

A.C.T. is a community of 10th-12th grade teens and includes faith formation, summer mission trips, retreats, community building activities and social gatherings. All teens are invited to explore your faith by asking questions, gathering as a community, and living in the light of the Gospel.

When: every other Sunday evening, 6:20-8pm from September to May.

Summer Mission Trips: In partnership with the Glenmary Home Missioners, we are sent to two locations in rural America over the summer to lead a Vacation Bible School for small Catholic mission parishes that would not otherwise have the means to do so. These trips are life-changing for our teens, chaperones, and the communities we serve. Teens interested in attending mission trips should be faithfully involved in A.C.T. throughout the year.

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Middle School Youth


MSY is for 6th through 8th grade youth. Once per month we gather in fun & fellowship to bond as a community. MSY nights include games, food, and faith talks.


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Who am I? My name is Casey Esser, and I'm a millenial parent who loves Jesus, my family, my faith, and "my teens."

Why do I love youth ministry? Did I mention that I love Jesus? I want everyone to meet him. I also believe that teenagers are some of the most creative, passionate, and hardworking people on the planet. I have seen and experienced some of the amazing things that can happen in and through teens who are open to God's love, and nothing gives me greater joy than to offer those same opportunities to today's youth.
Fun facts about me? I'm a twin, I once did a triathlon, and I lived in France for two years. (Oui, je parle français.)