DYMAC 2020-21

 Diocesan Youth Ministry Advisory Council – DYMAC

DYMAC is like no other group I have ever been a part of. It has increased my leadership skills and introduced me to wonderful friends who are like family. 25 /25 would sign up again. – Juan Sandoval, Chattanooga Deanery Rep

The Diocesan Youth Ministry Advisory Council or DYMAC, is composed of teenagers from throughout the Diocese of Knoxville who with the guidance of Deanery Coordinators of Youth Ministry and the Diocesan Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry plan entire youth events, such as summer God Camps, Catholic Youth Camp (CYC), Winter Middle School Retreat, the Diocesan Youth Mass and trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference. DYMAC is responsible for planning and implementing these events from start to finish including such areas as icebreakers, menus, t-shirts,  activities, retreat themes, and so much more! In addition to DYMAC meetings, serving on DYMAC is a year long commitment to participate in parish youth ministry,  monthly deanery meetings and a variety of diocesan and deanery youth events.

DYMAC is  awesome, enjoy yourself, make new friends, and most importantly grow in your faith, you will love it! – Lily Deinhart, Cumberland Mountain Deanery Rep.

The Diocese of Knoxville is divided into four deaneries: Smoky Mountain, Cumberland Mountain, Five Rivers, and Chattanooga. Each of these deaneries chooses representatives to serve on DYMAC. These representatives get feedback from their parish and deanery to bring to DYMAC, and then take the results of the DYMAC meetings back to their parishes to discuss the plans and events. This way, as much of the diocese as possible has a hand in planning the events.

While you’ll have a great time, focus and you’ll do amazing things. – Noah Goodson, Smoky Mountain Deanery Rep

DYMAC  is what you make of it. The perfect combination of fellowship, fun, and productivity. The events are all in your hands. – Michaela Guice, Chattanooga Deanery Rep.

DYMAC,really helps you grow spiritually. It also helps you gain many new leadership, teamwork, communication, and social skills. Be ready for the BEAST (pizza) – Luis Reynoso , Five Rivers Deanery Rep.

 Serving on DYMAC you will…

1.      Represent your parish and deanery to the Diocesan Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Pastoral Juvenil Ministry
2.      Plan, lead, and evaluate diocesan activities and events.
3.      Communicate with other teens and Coordinators of Youth Ministry about diocesan or deanery
4.      Advise Coordinators of Youth Ministry and the Diocesan Director of Youth,Young Adult and Pastoral Juvenil
Ministry about resources or any concerns.
5.      Develop youth ministry in parishes and high schools.

The following information may be helpful as you decide this may be something for you to be a part of:
Discernment Process – Could God Be Calling Me ?
Things I wish I had known before I started DYMAC

Please complete DYMAC application 2020-21_fillable and return it and a ½ – 1 page biography to your Deanery Coordinator of Youth Ministry by August 1, 2020 Print clearly or type. If you have any questions, please call your Deanery Coordinator or our Diocesan Director of Youth, Young Adult and Pastoral Juvenil Ministry, Brittany Garcia (865) 584-3307 ext. 5761


Inform the person writing the recommendation letter to e-mail or mail it directly to your Deanery Coordinator of Youth Ministry at least one week prior to your deanery discernment/interview.

Dates, names and addresses are on last page of application. DYMAC application 2020-21_fillable

DYMAC Scheduled Meetings for 2020 and 2021

Meetings are an important part of leadership training, planning, and team building. Attendance expected at all meetings.

August 2020 – Deanery discernment and selection process closed as of August 16.

September 26, 2020 – 1st meeting of new DYMAC 10:00 am-4:00 pm-Virtual leadership training

October 17, 2020 –  Mass & DYMAC commissioning 5:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bishop Stika celebrant
Immediate families of DYMAC representatives invited to join us.

November 14, 2020 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm

December 5, 2020 – Advent Party

January 16, 2021 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm

February 27, 2021 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm

March 27, 2021 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm

April 24, 2021 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm

May 29, 2021 – DYMAC final meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm

August 2021 – Personal Discernment & Deanery Interviews for 2021-2022