Archdiocesan Pastoral Youth Council

Archdiocesan Pastoral Youth Council (APYC)

One of the goals of Catholic Youth Ministry stated in Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, (USCCB 1997) is “to invite young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community.”   We are proud to tell you that the Archdiocese of Chicago has formed an Archdiocesan Pastoral Youth Council (APYC), which is an advisory board to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich. The APYC is comprised of three youth representatives from Vicariate and three from the Polish Community. The council meets four times throughout the year to discuss questions posed by the Cardinal concerning youth and culture, time for spiritual growth, and to learn about events taking place within the Archdiocese.

Currently there are spots open in Vicariates I, II, III, VI and the Polish Community. We are now taking applications for these Vicariates for the 2016-17 year, please see the link below.


Candidates may be entering their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year of high school in the Fall of each school year. Representatives should be a student who:

  • Is a practicing Catholic
  • Is an active participant in parish life and assumes leadership on the parish level
  • Attends parish Liturgy weekly
  • Is involved in service to others (civic, community, parish, etc.)
  • Is respected by peers and adults
  • Consistently exhibits responsibility and follows through on commitments
  • Is an example of exemplary Christian behavior including language, appearance, and attitude
  • Demonstrates high respect for family and family values
  • Consistently demonstrates respect for persons from all cultures
  • Works well in a team setting, is cooperative with adult leaders, etc.
  • Has participated in Archdiocesan, Vicariate, Deanery events
  • Willing and able to attend regularly scheduled meetings




For the 2016-17 year, our meetings will be held on Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm - November 6, January 8, February 26 and May 21 - at different parishes in the Archdiocese. Each meeting contains time for prayer, reflection, questions from the Cardinal concerning youth and culture, and discussion about events within the Archdiocese.


The APYC is led by two youth Co-Chairs, who are also delegates to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. These delegates relate discussion and answers from each APYC to the APC Executive Board and General Session. Additionally, one female representative is asked to represent the APYC at the Archdiocesan Women's Committee (AWC) which serves as a constultative body for the Cardinal on women's issues. Delegates for the APC and the AWC have been chosen for the 2016-17 school year.

Spiritual Director & Moderators

Our spiritual director for the year will be Fr. Dominic Clemente, Associate Pastor at St. Edward's Parish. The 2016-17 Moderators for the APYC are Anna Dudek, Senior Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Alli Smith, Parish Vitality Coordinator for Vicariate II. If you have questions about the council or would like more information, please contact Anna or Alli.


To participate on the APYC, please apply by Novemer 1 by returning the attached application to Anna Dudek in the Office of Lifelong Formation. (See application for complete details). All those who apply will be notified via email shortly after their application is received. We will continue accepting applications until all spots on the APYC are filled for 2016-17.

Anna Dudek, Senior Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Alli Smith, Parish Vitality Coordinator for Vicariate II