What’s Happening

Youth Ministry Team is the Youth Service for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle since 1994. Since then we have provided vibrant and relevant Youth Ministry provision throughout the Diocese and beyond. Our team members who have joined us over the years has carried with them the passion of accompanying young people towards a personal relationship with Christ and fully into the life of the Church.

The last few years has been difficult for all but this has not hindered YMT to work passionately toward the evangelisation of young people. As we move on with much hope, enthusiasm and fervour in our service, here are the most recent happenings within YMT!

  • The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.

    The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.

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  • Transcend is a pro-active response to the question ‘What’s next?’ We are privileged to belong to a diocese with so many opportunities for young people. Transcend is not a replacement for any of these opportunities but aims to help develop, support and deepen our faith in all aspects of our lives. Transcend What is Transcend? [...]

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The young should be the first apostles of the young, in direct contact with them, exercising the apostolate by themselves, among themselves, taking account of their social environment’.

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 12

YMT Internship Programme

The Youth Ministry Team (YMT) gathers together young people (18-30) from all over the world, from August to July, to live a community lifestyle and work as part of a team. Our Youth Ministry Interns are given training, ongoing formation and support. At the same time, they embark on planning and carrying out school outreach, retreats and activities for the young people of the diocese and beyond. Since we started in 1994, we have had members from all over the world, such as the USA, Philippines, Australia, and Cameroon, to name a few.

These young adults must be willing to grow in their relationship with God, learn more about their faith and help other young people on their faith journey whilst learning professional skills. We are constantly amazed and uplifted when young people of all ages respond and receive a new vision and a new insight into themselves and the God who loves them. The work of the team is essential to YMT and is a life-changing experience both for them and for those to whom they minister. If you are interested in joining our Youth Ministry Internship or wanting to know more about the programme, please drop us an email at: melany.francisco@ymt.org.

Team 2023-2024 offers a diverse experience from exceptional young adults coming from different parts of the Northeast and the world.  We have Interns coming from the Philippines, Spain, El Salvador, India, Thailand, Gateshead, Durham and Newcastle! All will be journeying together exploring and living out their faith whilst  offering their service of ministry through YMT to our young people in our Diocese.

Janine Dela Pena
Janine Dela Pena YMT Intern
Rebecca Rutland
Rebecca RutlandYMT Intern
Ryan Gayo
Ryan Gayo YMT Intern
Ann Joshi
Ann JoshiYMT Intern
Eva Fernandez
Eva FernandezYMT Intern
Ebony Gutierrez
Ebony GutierrezYMT Intern
Lily Gills
Lily GillsYMT Intern

May [young saints] and so many other young people who perhaps in silence and hiddenness lived the Gospel to the full, intercede for the Church, so that she may be full of joyous, courageous and committed young people who can offer the world new testimonies of holiness.

Christus Vivit

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  • "Do not be afraid", a phrase often used in the bible, and some says may have been said or used 365 times, enough for us to hear it every day. This series of short reflections from Psalms and Proverbs released during Eastertide encouraging us not to be afraid. It will be good reflections to show [...]

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  • where we learn more about Church teachings, traditions, Saints and Feast days. Explore with us as we learn more about our Catholic faith.  These videos can be used for any Confirmation groups.

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Dear young people, make the most of these years of your youth. Don’t observe life from a balcony. Don’t confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. … Give yourselves over to the best of life!”

Christus Vivit

About YMT

Use the links below to find out more about our charity and how we operate.

It is important to realize that Jesus was a young person. He gave his life when he was, in today’s terms, a young adult.

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Our Story

The Youth Ministry Team was established in 1994 by Bishop Ambrose Griffiths to answer the call of the Second Vatican Council:

From the beginning, we gathered together young adults from all over the world to live in community and to give school missions. At the heart of the mission experience is the message of God’s unconditional love for each one of us. Over the last 25 years, this community has continued to be at the heart of the work of YMT providing peer ministry through the generosity of young volunteers from almost every continent.

We aim to help young people to discover their own unique value and to reach their full potential. We have developed a strategy of school missions, residential retreats and local area youth ministry. We supports the adults who work with young people, helping them to provide opportunities for young people to grow in faith and take their place in the Church sharing their unique gifts and taking up their responsibility in the world.

In 2010, the Emmaus Village, formerly known as ‘Youth Village’, was opened, a residential centre which allowed us to offer a truly holistic experience which creates a lasting impact on those who participate and enables young people from many different backgrounds and starting points to explore faith and life issues in a relevant and interactive way.

25th Anniversary Page

Jesus loves you, dear young people, for you are the means by which he can spread his light and hope. He is counting on your courage, your boldness and your enthusiasm.

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An Experience

Young people were at the forefront of the design of the Emmaus Youth Village, building four purpose-built chalets, each with 11 ensuite rooms including accessible facilities accommodating up to 88 in twin or 44 people in single occupancy.

Each chalet benefits from a lounge area with 55″ TV and kitchen space providing fridge, kettle and microwave.  Accessible by a key card system, young people can feel that they are staying at the hotel.

All of this situated in the picturesque Derwent Valleys, providing retreatants with a comfortable, reflective and enjoyable stay.

The Emmaus Youth Village is a residential centre that offers a holistic approach to retreats, where play, prayer and community building are essential on all programmes offered.  At the Emmaus Youth Village, we wanted young people to encounter Christ through the scriptures, each other and their surroundings.


A Venue

Owned by the Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle and managed by the Youth Ministry Trust Charity, The Emmaus Village is situated 15 miles from the Centre of Durham & Newcastle set in 20 acres in the Derwent Valley. Well-resourced with conference and breakout rooms, beautiful views. Fantastic facility for community groups, staff building or other occasions.  Minutes from local transport and direct road links, yet just 13 miles from Newcastle or Durham.

This residential centre offers four purpose-built chalets, each with 11 ensuite rooms, including accessible facilities accommodating up to 88 in twin/triple or 44 people in single occupancy. Each chalet benefits from a lounge area with 65″ TV and kitchen space providing fridge, kettle and microwave.  In addition, the main building an Auditorium with full sound and AV equipment for presentations and functions.  The dining area offers a restaurant seating up to 90 seating, plus meeting spaces for delegates.

This unique venue provides vast outdoor space with a community area & fire pit, ideal for groups, team building, conferences, family gatherings or community support.  Additional space is available for camping.


Emmaus Village is a place which offers opportunity for reflection,

rest and community.  I like going to this place.  


Download Brochure for more information about venue hire of the Emmaus Village. Emmaus Village Brochure23PR

Young people, do not let the world draw you only into things that are wrong and superficial. Learn to swim against the tide, learn how to share Jesus and the faith he has given you.

Christus Vivit

Contact Us

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If the years of your youth are to serve their purpose in life, they must be a time of generous commitment, whole-hearted dedication, and sacrifices that are difficult but ultimately fruitful.

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