Youth Ministry

Austin DCYC 2017 – SANCTUS

Austin DCYC 2017 – SANCTUS

The Diocese of Austin holds a yearly event known as the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference for teens, and I was contracted to create the visual marketing materials for the theme of SANCTUS (meaning “Holy” in Latin).

The Logo

The main theme of the logo I created is based on a dove as the symbol of the Holy Spirit with the highlight of a flame, another common symbol for the third person of the Trinity. The yellow and orange are a bright, vibrant shades that give the feeling of fire, and the dark green compliments it while representing life.

I also chose to use Roman-style lettering with the Latin name, this is why the “U” is replaced with a “V.” It was a way to bring a balance of the ancient traditions and the contemporary setting.


The Shirt Design

The shirt was limited to one side and two colors for the print. I brought in the familiar colors from the logo and added vector shapes that recall the imagery of the Monstrance, a liturgical tool used to display the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist for adoration. This is the pivotal moment that happens on Saturday night of the event.

DCYC Shirt Design

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7 Lessons Learned in Youth Ministry

7 Lessons Learned in Youth Ministry

Fall is an active time around most of our parishes, and it’s a time full of incredible hope for another year of catechetics. read more

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An Open Letter to Graduating High School Students

An Open Letter to Graduating High School Students

graduate-525x700I wrote a post this week over at Austin CNM as an open letter to the teens that I work with in youth ministry that are graduating this next week. I normally don’t speak much publicly about the work I do with teens, but it is a ministry that has been a huge focus of my last few years. This class is the first one I’ve been able to watch for four years.

” I’ve spent the last 4 years as a catechist to high school seniors. Before that I spent 4 years with confirmation classes and middle school students, but focusing on sending students out to college and beyond high school has been some of my most fruitful experiences.

I would like to share a personal letter to my students as they finish their high school career and walk the stage at graduation. While it is written to my students, it is an open letter for a reason.


Dear Class,

In your graduation commencement speeches they will encourage you to go out there and achieve your dreams. They will also rightfully congratulate you on your success so far. They can do their job, but I want to hit a few points that they probably won’t tell you.”

Read at Austin CNM»

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