What is CYMFED?

Find out about the CYMFed and how we are helping to shape and direct Catholic youth ministry in England and Wales


Delivering a shared vision for youth ministry

CYMFed’s starting point is to be found in the principle of synodality. We recognise that it takes the whole Church to minister effectively to young people. CYMFed seeks to help, shape and support youth ministry throughout the federation, encouraging and facilitating members working together in a spirit of mutual and reciprocal responsibility. By cultivating a nationwide atmosphere of encouragement and providing opportunity where possible, CYMFed members collectively deliver a shared vision for youth ministry and best practice for the benefit of young people across England and Wales. From this collective working, CYMFed is able to provide a national voice for youth ministry and insight into youth culture to the Bishops’ Conference and other bodies both within and outside of the Church.

“Youth ministry has to be synodal; it should involve a ‘journeying together’ that values ‘the charisms that the Spirit bestows in accordance with the vocation and role of each of the Church’s members, through a process of co-responsibility.” (Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 206)


CYMFed is working for a world in which there is a vibrant Youth Ministry in every Catholic Community


CYMFed leads and collaborates on projects which give young people an experience of the national and international Church


CYMFed shapes and promotes Catholic youth ministry by providing quality training & formation and an opportunity to share best practice.


Together, the CYMFed membership represents the Catholic youth ministry community both within the Catholic Church and the wider community; government and the voluntary sector and ecumenical and interreligious communities.


CYMFed works to support and help deliver the mission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales through positive working relationships, collaboration and representation to the international Catholic Church.


CYMFed sources appropriate finance and funding to support its work and the development of youth ministry in England and Wales.

Who is involved?

The CYMFed membership is made up of the Catholic dioceses of England and Wales plus religious orders, movements and organisations engaged in youth ministry. There are 51 members of CYMFed, each represented by a principal officer. CYMFed is recognised and supported by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) and is a member of the Department for Catechesis and Evangelisation.

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