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Youth Evangelization



Our vision for the youth, which includes anyone Baptism through 12th Grade, is that every youth is known, loved, and belongs to a community of disciples that accompanies them through the Process of Evangelization where they encounter Christ and become missionary disciples.


Here are just some of the ways that we can help the Youth Evangelists at your parish:


  • We can be a sounding board as you wrestle with a specific problem in youth evangelization in your parish, and we can help you brainstorm solutions.
  • We can help your team re-vision a Comprehensive approach to Youth Evangelization.

Half-Day, Full-Day, or Multiple-Day Retreats

Retreats are a great way for your Youth Evangelization team (both staff & volunteers) to:
  • Build trust and team cohesion
  • Spiritually refresh and renew themselves
  • Take a deep-dive into a spiritual or theological topic
  • Practical Training in an area of Youth Evangelization
  • We can lead a retreat for the ministers on your parish campus, or we can organize a retreat off-campus.

Youth Evangelization Apprenticeship

For any new (in the last 18 months) Youth Evangelist (YM, DRE/CRE) who is looking for additional and specific support in their new role. For more information, please contact Laura Potter.


Tuesday 02 March
Holy Redeemer, 120 S Eastmoor Dr
New Bremen, OH 45869 United States
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Christen Aquino
Director, Parish Evangelization
Christen Aquino
Contact me for:
  • Questions regarding best approaches in the Process of Evangelization for Youth
  • Onsite training and formation for your evangelization team (youth, family, adults)
  • Questions regarding Evangelist or Youth Events
  • Totus Tuus, or contact Mark Travis (email coming soon!)
Bio: My role at the Center mainly focuses on those who evangelize to the youth. I offer opportunities for youth evangelists to share life and prayer on a regional and Archdiocesan level, while encouraging that sharing of life and prayer at the parish level with their teams and volunteers. I also organize ongoing formation in catechesis and best practices for the mission of leading youth into relationship with Jesus Christ and offer opportunities for the youth to share life and prayer. My favorite part of my job is going onsite for a parish training with a team and watching them work together, pray together, and get excited to serve the youth together.  The creativity and excitement that’s generated from their time together is amazing! A Little About Me: I was born in Connecticut, raised in Georgia and currently reside in Dayton, with my two cats and dog, all of which God brought to me through humorous events so perhaps one day I will join St. Francis as a Patron Saint of animals. Favorite Saint: I probably pray most often to St. Therese of Lisieux (stalking me since 2014) and my confirmation saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. First quote I ever memorized: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe, to give you a future full of hope.”  Jeremiah 29: 11
Email : caquino@catholicaoc.org
Shane Legg
Youth Evangelization
Shane Legg
Contact me for:
  • Onsite training and formation for your youth evangelization team
  • If you have questions about Athletics
  • Youth evangelization questions regarding the Dayton area specifically
Bio: As the Assoicate Director for Youth Evanglization, my role is to assist with training and development for youth evangelists, mainly in the Dayton area. I also oversee the parish athletic programs for the Archdiocese. A Little About Me: I have been married to my wife, Jenna, for just over 5 years, and have 13 and 10-year-old (foster) sons. I previously worked in youth ministry at the Catholic Communities of Northwest Dayton for over 7 years, while also serving on the Greater Dayton CYO Executive Board. Favorite Saint: St. Kateri Tekakwitha Favorite Bible Verse: “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10
Email : slegg@catholicaoc.org
Laura Potter
Youth Evangelization
Laura Potter
Contact me for:
  • Those who have been recently hired at a parish to serve youth in grades Pre-K through 12th grade
  • Those who are looking for mentorship and guidance in the field of youth evangelization
  • General questions about the Catholic Committees for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts
Bio: I am the specialist for parish youth evangelists who have 0-2 years’ experience and those who are transitioning into a new parish. I work with each evangelist through accompaniment, mentoring, formation, education, and consultation in order to help them build comprehensive and sustainable youth evangelization in the parish they serve. I love accompanying those who work with young people as they grow in their gifts and charisms and learn how to serve the particular needs of their parish. A Little About Me: I have been in the field of youth evangelization for the past 17 years. God has taken me on many adventures with NET Ministries, as well as helping bring the sacraments to villages in Honduras and encouraging the faith of the youth in China. As an Ohio native, I came back to the Buckeye State two years ago and I’m enjoying being closer to family. You may see me rollerblading along the Ohio river trail, eating at every Cincinnati restaurant or café that is recommended to me, or singing and playing guitar in the AOC office. Favorite Saint: St Anthony of Padua, St Vitus (Confirmation Saint) Favorite Bible Verse: “Love one another intensely from a pure heart.” 1 Peter 1:22
Email : lpotter@catholicaoc.org