Young Disciples


The Young Disciples is an apostolate of Catholic young adults that travel from town to town to evangelize and catechize in rural communities and reservations through summer vacation Bible schools and teen retreats. The Young Disciples Teams seek to challenge youth to love Jesus Christ and to embrace the life of His Church.

Summer Camps

For 10 weeks in the summer, the Young Disciples Teams conduct week-long day camps for grades K–6 and evening teen missions for rural parishes and reservations. Parishes may also ask teams to conduct family activities and participate in other community affairs. Daily Mass and Reconciliation are a part of every camp. The teams also proclaim the Gospel through small groups, prayer, music, drama, games, and crafts. Participants are given the opportunity to say "yes" to Jesus in their daily lives.

Applicants should desire to witness to elementary age students (although there will be some family, adult, and teen ministry). Similar to other Catholic internships, we need men and women who love Jesus and His Church, are at least 18 years old, and are available for 10 weeks, May 16-July 31, 2018. Team members will be on break from 8 a.m. June 30th to 3 p.m. July 6th.  

Team Members and Team Stipend

Established in summer 2001, young adults have come from 31 different states and the countries of Portugal, England, Ireland, and Slovakia. They have conducted hundreds of day camps, teen missions and family nights, reaching thousands of people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Team members often continue their apostolic work by being catechists, teachers in Catholic schools, campus ministers, youth ministers, DRE's, and parents. Some also pursue religious vocations or the priesthood.  Each team member will receive $1500 as a stipend upon completion of the apostolate.  On top of that, team members can raise sponsorship funds.  

How to Be a Team Member

You may send us an email to request a packet of information about the Young Disciples Apostolate, and also for an application. Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number in your email so that we can get back to you right away! The application is also available on-line.

Applicants from outside of the United States will need to have valid employment authorization to participate in this apostolate.

If you would like additional information or if you have questions about the application process please email Ashley at ashley(dot)grunhovd(at)fargodiocese(dot)org or call her at (701) 356-7908.

Request Young Disciples

To invite Young Disciples to your parish, send an email to youngdisciples(at)fargodiocese(dot)org, or call (701) 356-7908 and ask for Ashley Grunhovd. Be sure to include your name, the name of your parish, and your telephone number.

To learn more about hosting a Young Disciples Camp, please read the Young Disciples Parish Contact Manual

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