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 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
Ministry about resources or any concerns.
5. Develop youth ministry in parishes and high schools.
Please complete DYMAC application 2019-20 and return it and a ½ – 1 page biography to your Deanery Coordinator of Youth Ministry by August 1, 2017. Print clearly or type. If you have any questions, please call your Deanery Coordinator or our Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry Deacon Al Forsythe (865) 806-1343
WE REQUEST THAT YOU PROVIDE TWO RECOMMENDATION LETTERS ONE OF WHICH MUST BE FROM YOUR PARISH PRIEST, DEACON, OR COORDINATOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY.
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.
DYMAC Scheduled Meetings for 2019 and 2020
Meetings are an important part of leadership training, planning, and team building.
Attendance expected at all meetings. *
August 4, 2019 – Deanery discernment and selection process complete
August 10, 2019 – 1st meeting of all new DYMAC 10:00 am-4:00 pm
September 15, 2019 – Diocesan Youth Mass & DYMAC commissioning
October 5, 2019 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm Sacred Heart Youth Room
November 2, 2019 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm Sacred Heart Youth Room
TBD December 2019
January 11, 2020 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm Sacred Heart Youth Room
February 1, 2020 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm Sacred Heart Youth Room
March 7, 2020 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm Sacred Heart Youth Room
April 4, 2020 – DYMAC meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm Sacred Heart Youth Room
May 30, 2020 – DYMAC final meeting 10:00 am-3:00 pm Sacred Heart Youth Room
June 8-11, 2020 – Ocoee Retreat Center
July 2020 – Personal Discernment & Deanery Interviews for 2020-2021
*5 Rivers DYMAC rep attendance expected at deanery meeting every 2nd Tuesday of the month.