The Diocesan Youth Ministry Office was established under Bishop Ott around 1979. The current Diocesan youth ministry focuses on relational ministry, by fostering within all young people and those who minister to them a deeper, life-giving relationship with Jesus and the Church.  Diocesan Youth Ministry affirms the dignity and value of all young people and calls them to personal wholeness and evangelization in the service of family, church, community, and world.