Our Commitment to You
CYFM and the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Mary are committed to the development of the faith life and ministerial experiences of our Cap Corps Volunteers. We provide meaningful ministry experiences and on-going skill development so that our volunteers can obtain meaningful jobs in the future. We engage our volunteers’ spiritual lives asfoundational support for their on-going spiritual growth.
CYFM offers excellent training, professional support, and direct supervision for youth ministry.
Volunteers gain many experiences to prepare them for a variety of future ministries and careers.
Volunteers’ spiritual growth encouraged through retreats, regular communal prayer, & area spiritual directors.
Volunteers also participate in personal and staff retreats at the beginning, middle, and end of year.
Volunteers find support from many different parts of the CYFM community: families involved at CYFM, the Capuchins of the NY/NE province (170 priests and brothers), the Cap Corps community of past and present volunteers, and many other youth ministers, priests, and lay people in the local community.
Host families are available to help volunteers feel at home in the Hudson Valley area. Often volunteers attend family events like apple picking, haunted houses, holiday gatherings, & sometimes monthly meals. Volunteers are financially supported with a monthly stipend, generous food budget, housing, and major medical insurance.
"Looking back, becoming a Cap Corps volunteer was invaluable to me professionally. From Garrison, I became a DRE and then an editor for a publisher of Catholic books and resources. My CYFM experience helped me with public speaking (which I feared before then), as well as to better understand the needs of teens and their families." David Dziena, volunteer year 1993-94
For more information about where former Cap Corps Volunteers are now and how their experience at CYFM has influenced their careers and faith, see Alumni—
Where are They Now
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